A long time ago I came across a quote that I fell instantly and utterly in love with: "Never judge a book by it's movie."
I love books. In my opinion, it is the higher art. Movies are great, and there are some classics, but for the most part a movie will never even approach the gloriousness of a great book in its pure form. I'm actually not a fan of the latest trend of making every popular book into a movie. I think it is really a disservice in so many ways.
Let us use Harry Potter as an example. I love Harry Potter. It's almost embarrassing. There are 2 people on this planet that I am willing to talk to about Harry Potter because I just can't stand anyone besmirching his name. Now that I have thoroughly embarrassed myself, let's talk about the movie. I saw the first three in the theatre. After that I just couldn't take it anymore. There were so many vital elements being completely ignored. It was just too painful and I was just too angry. I did eventually watch all of them, but the more I thought about it the more frustrated I would become. How many people were being introduced to Harry Potter through the movies and would never pick up the books because of it? I felt so sorry for them and everything that they were missing. And the kids who had already seen the movie, but were reading the books for the first time. There was no Aha! Moment when the villain was discovered.
And it's not just Harry Potter. Have you read Matilda or seen the movie? Have you read Pride and Prejudice or seen the movie? Have you read Percy Jackson or seen the movie? If the answer to any of those question is "Just the movie," then I pity you my friend. So please, please I beg you with all of the depth of my soul, never, NEVER judge a book by it's movie.