I read Stephen King's *Under the Dome* several years ago and loved it. When I heard it was being adapted for television, I was thrilled. Over the years I've enjoyed many tv and movie versions of King's stories, even some of the poorly executed adaptations. (I'm looking at you *The Langoliers*)
Before watching the premiere this week, I had seen an article that warned some key plot points would be changed, though all changes had been approved by King himself. That was good enough for me. Even the best books have elements that don't translate to other media. This book in particular will only work as an ongoing series if some of the plot points are spread out, slowing down the action of the book's compressed timeline.
That logic hasn't stopped the complaints from some fans, so King decided to pen his own response. The letter went out to those subscribed to his email newsletter, and it is also posted on his website.
King makes several excellent points, not just about his work, but about adaptations in general.
"It’s best to think of that novel and what you’re seeing week-to-week on CBS as a case of fraternal twins. Both started in the same creative womb, but you will be able to tell them apart. Or, if you’re of a sci-fi bent, think of them as alternate versions of the same reality.
As for me, I’m enjoying the chance to watch that alternate reality play out; I still think there’s no place like Dome.
As for you, Constant Reader, feel free to take the original down from your bookshelf anytime you want. Nothing between the covers has changed a bit."
I agree completely. No adaptation, reboot, or re-imagining ever has to impact our appreciation of the original.