- Because you're squishing a whole novel -- which, if adapted scene-for-scene would be about 4-8 hours -- into a tiny, tiny 2-hour box.
- Because you're turning words that can describe anything into pure sight and sound. If the characters don't say it or do it on-screen, it never happened.
- Because you're taking the individual interpretations of thousands of readers and saying, "No, actually, this is what it was like."
Although admittedly, sometimes even a really bad adaptation can get me to read the book.
What's your favorite book-to-movie adaptation? What's your least favorite?
Other than Lord of the Rings (which was nigh-PERFECT), I thought they did a good job with Watchmen. Yeah, they took away Adrian's self-doubt at the end, but I liked how Adrian framed Manhattan instead of a random alien. It was the first time I thought an adaptation actually improved on the source.