Every time a book is turned into a movie, the most common cliche in criticism is that "the movie is nothing like the book," and that "the book is much better than the movie." What strikes me as most amusing is that people say it with such intensity, with such passion, with such airs, as if that observation had never been made in the history of movie criticism.
It is always the case that the book is better than the movie, so it makes me wonder why this phrase is still so popular? It's redundant, and sounds as ridiculous as complaining that the meat in the local fast food hamburger is nothing like one's favorite filet mignon. The book is ALWAYS better, but that is not why we watch the film. When writing film reviews, writers should add to the analysis, instead of simply stating the obvious of the nature of the film adaptations.
Why jump on what you think is the "educated" bandwagon and sing along with the chorus of "it's not the same as the book!?" Sometimes people will complain that "the movie is not like the book," even when they have not read the book or seen the movie, basing themselves only on a Wikipedia description of the main storyline and movie reviews on the Internet. I've noticed many people rely on other people's reviews to make up their minds about film. I don't like to read movie reviews about any movie until after I've seen it and written my own analysis. Then I allow myself to read others' reviews to see how my reaction compares.
You can dislike the movie based on other things-- characterization, acting, effects, message, dialogue, etc. However, judging a movie based on how closely it follows the storyline is naive in the art of film criticism. If you love the book so much that the idea of seeing even the slightest variation of the story stabs your soul, then save yourself the heartache and don't watch the movie at all-- but folks, stop making the same repetitive complaint every time they produce a movie from a book! Just let it be, sit back and enjoy the film interpretation of another human being who had the talent to make a movie from your favorite book, make money off of your curiosity, and win popularity from your subsequent critiques.