Can anyone who's seen the movie and read the book tell me whether going to see it would cause someone who's favourite childhood novel was The Hobbit to run screaming and crying from the theatre? What I mean is, how badly does he mess with the book, on a scale of 1-10?
I know this is generally a stupid reason to hate a movie but honestly it's the reason I'm still debating whether to go see it. I will definitely wait for the crowds to die down at least so I don't have the added insult of having to wait in line for an hour.
on the off chance that you haven't gone to see it yet, no the movie does not mess with the book. pretty much everything is touched on, and even a few things extra are thrown in for filler.
if you are worried about Jackson pulling another Tom Bombadil on you then don't worry, nothing is majorly left out. A lot of the scenes are basically exactly the same. Really there are only a few minor differences.
there's quite a lot of back story that wasn't in the Hobbit proper, though I'm pretty sure all of it was true to the canon. However there is an orc character in the movie who was actually killed like 100 years before the book actually takes place. Other than that though I was fairly impressed with how true the movie was to the book (I re-read it a couple days before going to see it)
edit: some differences (HEAVY SPOILERS)
Edited by GodzillaDeuce, 19 December 2012 - 12:25 AM.