The real problem is that her books are great partly because of the details and intricacies she weaves into the story. That just can't be shoehorned into a movie even as long as these are becoming. This book was 870 pages. Yanking out numerous parts hurts the story. If you had never read the books then I don't know if you miss what you don't know is missing. But either way, the books are just better regardless.