Livejournal’s Cleolinda Jones encourages The Dark is Rising fans to boycott the film adaption because of the myriad changes the movie has made to the book’s plotline. I usually think people get far too worked up about this sort of thing (OMG Arwen has linez, oh noes!) and I haven’t read the books, but the changes made in The Seeker do seem pretty drastic.
Plus, Cleolinda brings up a very good point:
What if The Dark Is Rising adaptation (“adaptation”) is a hit?
Oh, the studios will say, you can still make a ton of money, but you can do whatever you want? You can change the story and put in pointless but trendy family conflicts, love interests, younger characters? You can squeeze action into bizarre places and completely miss the point of the story? You can whittle it down until it hardly resembles the original at all? Wow, this is really convenient! All this time, we were busting our collective ass for nothing! Why bother actually trying to do the work of translating a beloved property to a different medium? We can just use a known title to sell people a completely different story, and it doesn’t even have to be any good!
So fans… What say you?