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See, this could be true and false. Take for example twilight. That movie series was a fail from the start when they casted plank as Bella. But then you have Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings. Those movies are amazing, and they are very similar to the books. So, I guess it just depends on the book and movie...?
“The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours” Alan Bennett
... but it's important to remember that the movie version is just an interpretation of the book. It's like when two different artists sing 'Jingle Bells'. Jingle Bells is a very old song with definite lyrics, but the artists give it whatever variations they want.