i am so glad i read the book first. i thought the movie lost what the book was really about trying to be "pc" and not ruffle the feathers of the church crowd. i hated how they put things out of order, i hated the ending. i am a video editor and i understand that it is hard to translate some things from book to screen and make it worth watching but this movie (compared to the book) was awful. no wonder it was a flop in the US.