If you're interested in this movie because you enjoy the books, be warned: this isn't the books. At all.
Major changes to the story line were made. Events in the books appear out of order, some events never even happened in the books, and yet even more events from the books never made it to the movie. They left the ending as though they were going to do a sequel, but never followed through. I imagine that's because most of the viewers were fans of the book series and were disappointed by the movie.
I would love to see this remade with the care and dedication that both the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Harry Potter series received. This film has a lot of potential, as do the books. If only someone would bring to life the books in a way that would appease the readers.
The reason I've decided to give this 3 stars is because, as a stand-alone movie, it's not bad. However, the supposition that it's based on the books is more "loosely based" that actually based. I adore the books and the entire story it weaves. Although, I admit, they shouldn't have ever been considered to be "teen" appropriate. I read the books as a teenager, and have collected them as an adult, and I still find parts of the books to be disturbing; and I avidly binge-watch The Walking Dead.**
- submitted by Mrs. Golden (29 y.o. cancer survivor)
**(With my weirdo cat, Apollo. No, really. He loves that show. The theme comes on and he runs into the room, gets comfy, and watches with me. Apparently, he also enjoys American Horror Story, as do I.)