I am on the fence about this. Sometimes they do an amazing job at least in my opinion, and sometimes they destroy the story.
I have a favorite romance book, and several years ago when I had returned to the States I discovered that it had been made into a movie, I hunted it down and eagerly watched it. Much to my horror the only thing that was the same was the beginning, the names of the characters and where they moved to. From that point on the story was nothing like the book, granted the name had been changed and it said that it was based on this book, however I was so let down.
On the other hand I loved the book Carolina Moon by Nora Roberts and was so happy with the way that movie turned out. It was exactly as I had imagined it to be.
I have since been rather wary about watching movies that have come from books, however I do have to say that Hollywood has gotten better about making the movies as much like the book as possible.
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