The movie versus the book I haven't watched the movie but I did read the book. I was curious to know how the movie compared to the book but I now believe it doesn't compare in the least. There are many things that you mention that either doesn't happen in the book (she does not have faith in her amulet, nor does she have a foul mouth) or seems to be terribly skewed (the hero doesn't want to be able to kill on his own terms, he wanted to die as himself--that is, he didn't want to be made into a raving killing lunatic or screaming for mercy...actually the hero you described didn't sound like the hero from the book at all but an amalgamation of two characters). I would say I don't understand why Hollywood would make such changes but unfortunately I do. Hearing your review was interesting considering I've only just read the book and a good deal of what you said contradicted what I read.