Well, I can't answer to most of the examples you gave, but when it comes to LOTR I'm like Christopher Lee -- I've read that trilogy more times than I can remember, starting back when I was 10 or 11. It's my favorite work of fantasy lit, ever. Since I bought the extended collector's edition DVD of Fellowship of the Ring, I've taken up the same practice Christopher Lee described in one of his interview segments -- I try to read the trilogy once a year, to keep it fresh in my mind and remind myself what a fantastic work of literature it is.The movies, IMNSHO, lived up to those books like nothing I've ever seen. Yes, there were many side plots / tangents / whole chapters in the books that had to be dropped due to time constraints (Tom Bombadil, The Scouring of the Shire) or radically altered / shortened (the Council of Elrond, Entmoot). And they took some liberties that I still don't fully agree with (the expanded role of Arwen, who was only a bit part in the books).But as a whole, LOTR the movie trilogy was a fantastic adaptation of the books. By far the best adapation of a work of literature to the screen. Some groused when Return of the King swept all of its nominations, but I felt it was totally deserved. Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens did an amazing job, as did the entire cast, crew, members of Weta Workshop / Weta Digital, and all others involved, and every oscar won was a testament to that hard work.- Joe -LOTR fanboi, owner of every extended edition collector's DVD set, owner of (reprinted; my mother has first or second edition harcover prints) hardcopy editions of the trilogy printed in the original typeface and with all the appendices, and owner of a green leatherbound hardback copy of The Hobbit -- the first major work of fantasy I read and the book that hooked me on that genre forever.
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