Harry Potter and The Cauldron Of Kloves
Connie Lane is a Steve Kloves apologist. Many fans place the blame for the movies' wild off-course veering squarely on the scriptwriter's shoulders. Connie has written a painstaking defense of his work to tell us why we shouldn't. There are several scenes that should be included, written by Kloves, that were left out. They do more to further the true romance of Ron and Hermione, the humourous and witty character of Ron and the magical nature of the books. Yet somehow, some way, these scenes were left out of the movies, giving us instead the non-canonical HoYay! of Remus and Sirius, along with the Eejit!Ron the filmgoers have come to know.
I still blame Kloves. And Warner Bros. And the directors. And even Rowling. Sorry. I don't know how much say she actually has in every aspect of the projects, but I gather from interviews and press reports that it is considerable. Surely she could have spoken up for Ron's integrity, and for the better background of the Ron/Hermione romance we know to be lurking.
I'm rereading the books, as I do every October and have come to the conclusion that the books and movies just simply can't be judged by the same standard. As I said over at Connie's, the movies are interesting glimpses into someone else's imagination of different pieces of the books. Just as fan art shows us visual concepts of scenes, so do the movies. I'll still see them, but as far as my imagination of the books goes, I have more in common with the [Book 6 Spoilers In Links] magnificent stuff Marta has done over at Art Dungeon.