This started me thinking about other adaptations I have issues with. Did any of you experience the same sense of irritation when you watched them? Right now my family is watching Stephen King's Under the Dome on television, which has me completely lost. I read the book last year, but the mini-series has veered so far away from the book that I am at sea. The rest of my family, who didn't read the book, are enjoying it but I am so irritated at character alterations (good guys have become vaguely bad guys, other characters have appeared that weren't in the book at all) as well as the plot changes (at first I kept thinking, how did I forget this scene?, but now I realize I didn't forget anything--the whole book has been rewritten!) I give it a thumbs down.
And who can forget the changes in Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Identity? I almost walked out of the movie theater, after so excitedly arriving at the theater to see one of my favorite suspense novels brought to the big screen. I loved the books, and I loved the mini-series with Richard Chamberlain and Jacqueline Smith, because the mini-series followed the book. Thumbs up.
The movie with Matt Damon as the amnesiac spy--thumbs down. Apart from keeping the main character's name, almost every other plot element was changed. Had they filmed the movie and not used Jason Bourne's name it would have been a fine action movie, but trying to pretend the script was based on Ludlum's book was ridiculous. And wrong.
|from Princess Bride|