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I get what you're saying. I've never been a stickler for following the book exactly. I just felt it got fantastical and made less sense as it went along.I watch the first season and the some of the second at some point my wife and I felt it was too soap operaie. I love the book.
I think one thing that people have to consider is that a movie, video game, comic, or Tv show is its own thing and that’s how you have to measure it, on its own merits. There are too many cooks in the kitchen, and creative people want to impart their own flavor. Everyone adds a little more seasoning or omits mushroom to the recipe, sometimes to its determent.
I try to see adaptations as their own separate thing, and if I want something faithful to the story I reread it.
Just my two cents.
For the most part, I agree with your comment....BUT...The Shining is one of the best adaptations of a SK story, which did not stick to the book.
Watched the first season, noting the various things that were different from the book (mostly because Hubby kept asking). When season two started getting out of hand, we let it go. It was disappointing that they jumped the shark so quickly, IMO.
...Grace DID say "which did not stick to the book".....it's a fine feature film if you divorce it from the source material....No it really isn't. It's one of the worst actually. Kubrik changed way too much of the book. One of the things I really missed in the movie was that none of the closeness between Jack and Danny was shown. Nor did it really show exactly WHY Jack was going insane. It felt like he was just slowly succumbing to cabin fever. It's not a bad movie at all, just a really terrible adaptation.
Various things? Try almost everything. I just started watching the series on Amazon and am about 5-6 episodes into the first season. The only things this series has in common with the book is that a dome covered a small Maine town and the names of characters and places. The entire story and characters are really different from the one told in the book. I think it's still pretty good though, but again it's a terrible adaptation.
Well, at first. Then I got to where I'd just throw up my hands and shrug.
I know Under the Dome is in its third season, but I only now decided to start watching it. At this point, I have only watched the first three episodes. I finished the 1,200 page book (part 1&2) a few months ago and enjoyed it (them) very much. So, I came to the TV series already familiar with the plot and the characters. Right out of the box, I was disturbed with Barbie burying a body. In the novel, Barbie is the lead protagonist while Big Jim is the real antagonist. To me, introducing Barbie this way undermined his character or at least how I already understood his character. Then, speaking of Big Jim, he seems far too nice in the TV production for the clustermug A-hole he really is. I'm just calling it like it is. Another thing that rubbed me wrong was Junior. Now keep in mind that I've only seen three episodes so far, but up to now there's been no mention of a brain tumor AND this guy is supposed to be into necrophilia! Where are the dead girls in the pantry? I WANT DEAD GIRLS IN THE PANTRY! Come on...talk about screwing up a character! So what do you get? The TV Junior locks Angie in a bomb shelter. Big frickin' deal...what a cotten pickin' clustermug this is turning out to be! Calm down...take a deep breath...now,let's go watch episode four.