Mortifus wrote:For the love of god, so long as they do not mess about with the plotline AT ALL I will be happy. Change anything in the actual story and I will be extremely displeased. Fans don't want a new experience from the story, they want the book, on film.
Why is it so difficult for hollywood to understand that? They butchered Harry Potter, maimed StormBreaker's ending, gutted Lord of the Rings, and will no doubt be drawing and quartering Eragon. I fear for the Fowl legacy. I truly do.
There are (apparently) more people who haven't read the book than people who have. Therefore, Hollywood assumes that the majority of the audience is looking for a good movie, not an adaptation of a book.
The movie has to be made in a way so that the non-readers can understand it without reading the book. (TLOTR failed a bit in that aspect.)
Don't get me wrong, I hate it when they mess up the storyline. The Sum of All Fears is different, Jurassic Park was slaughtered (in the book, Hammond is some mean-tempered businessman, not a friendly grandfather as depicted in the movie). (And what's more, the author of the book was the scriptwriter!)
But if you look it from the scriptwriter's perspective, it's impossible to copy the book completely. Some things just can't be translated. And then there's the time issue. Not many people will want to sit around for three hours...
Anyway, to sum it up, Hollywood doesn't really care whether it's like the book or not. They just care about getting money. To do this, they aim the movie at the "majority," the non-readers. And it's almost impossible for a scriptwriter to not change the book.