movies vs. books

I am a movie buff. I tend to like the more independent types, but I'm open. I say that so I can say this....

What is the obsession with taking really great books and turning them into movies? They rarely do the books justice, and it seems to keep people from reading the books. Example: Almost everyone I know has seen the Ciderhouse Rules. Almost none of those people have read the book. It is way up there in my favorite book list. The movie of course had to cut up the book to make it fit. One of the main characters was completely omitted from the movie. I wish they had just left it alone.

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy has it theatrical release on May 6th. The only reason I don't scream NO!!!! Is that Douglas Adams was working on the screenplay when he died. He wanted this. I hope they don't screw it up.

I'd like to mention Hotel Rwanda. It's a movie about the 100 day genocide in Rwanda in the 90's. 800,000 people died in 100 days. It barely put a blip on the world radar. Why is it that 13 kids die in a school in Littleton and the whole universe knows, or 3,000 people in NY, or 1 little girl in Boulder, but 800,000 go almost unnoticed? I don't mean to belittle these other events, but lets be fair. I am glad they made this movie. It, of course, is not getting much press, but do go see it. It's important. (and Don Cheadle is in it. He rocks!)