Originally Posted by Rob Helmerichs
Not always. I loved the book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. When they turned it into the movie Blade Runner, they took liberties with it that are probably at a similar level to those taken here, and the movie was at least as good as the book.
Of course, there can be a difference between the liberties taken by a highly skilled and talented screenwriter with a deep respect for and understanding of the source material, and those taken by a room full of untrained monkeys flinging their feces...
A great example of diverging from the book with good results is Friday Night Lights (both the movie and the series). Rather than try to do a docudrama, they just wrote a new story.
Maybe, if they would have reenvisioned Dune, that would have been a good movie.