Rarely, if ever do you hear that sentence. Every once-in-a-while, you’ll see a book rendition of a film screenplay and the movie is much better, but in general, book fans are purists.
So many times, I have left the theater with a friend who immediately started berating the movie because it missed scene X in the book where the hero’s loving side kick does something cute. The point is, if they left it in, the movie would have been another fifteen minutes in a two and half hour movie. Movie goers don’t wanna sit that long. Lord of the Ring fans remember that numb feeling in your butt?
Now, that trilogy was a masterpiece and very well adapted. Even then, I heard fans of the movie extolling the absence of Tom Bombadil. If you remember, he played a very minor role and was only included as a favor by Tolkien to Hobbit fans. His role was more of a “Sorry Mario, but the princess is in another castle.” It really didn’t make a difference.
I see film adaptations of my favorite stories as an artistic interpretation. I look more for how the film makers have brought such beloved characters to the screen. Do they match how I pictured them in my mind? I also look to see if it catches the mood of the story.
For instance, when I was very little, I saw Dune. It wasn’t until years later I actually read the book. I was disappointed at first that they didn’t match up but I fell into the beauty of the story, the complexity of the characters, the genius. Then I saw the Sci-Fi channel version and it made me sad. It was more accurate, but I found it lacking. Maybe it was because I grew up with the original or maybe it was because it failed to catch the mood of the story.
Either way, I enjoy a film for the film’s sake and a book for the book’s sake, but overall, I enjoy the story as long as it’s good.