I’m not a huge proponent of hating on movies and television shows for tweaking minutiae to make a story better suited to a different medium. I think there are a lot of things you can change within a story that don’t change the story itself. Like all people, I like to whine when the characterization of my favorite people gets demolished, or when my favorite scene gets cut. But I understand the changes necessitated in adapting a book for the screen, and for a wider audience. There is one glaring exception that comes to mind, though:
This book is a fantastic work, full of implications and complexities surrounding ethics and family and medicine. I really love this story, and I really love the ending. The way Picoult constructed the story so that the ending became inevitable was brilliant. In the movie, the ending was completely flipped on its head. I won’t say anything else because of spoilers, so I’ll leave it at that. But anyway, it’s one of the only times I’ve been really mad about an adaptation.
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