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Deviated from the book too much
on November 24, 2016
I really loved the book. I normally wouldn't read something so overly detailed as the book, but it really provided a wonderful and accurate glimpse into the 12the century. However, the series deviated from the book excessively. I understand that the book had a ton of internal struggle and monologue and that's indeed difficult to portray on screen. But! The deviations had nothing to do with that. For example (Spoilers), William was already so twisted and demented that we didn't need a creepy thing with his mother to sell it. In fact, the series seems to lay the blame for his wretchedness at her feet when it wasn't so much in the book. In the book, he's an insecure jealous boy overly coddled by his mother and given impossible standards to live up to at the same time. Yet the series seems to make his mother more manipulating and for some reason in a sexual way. Why? By my description, it may seem like a fine line, but when you compare the book to the show side by side, the line isn't so fine after all. They also changed Ellen's character too much, and they made people know things that they didn't know in the book. And for some reason, they combined Prior James with the prior that raised Phillip into one person, and so on with other minor characters. The cast is so good though, that I wanted to like it more. Very disappointing though.