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Credit: Robert Viglasky/Mammoth Screen for MASTERPIECE Aidan Turner is Ross Poldark in the Masterpiece Classic miniseries “Poldark” on PBS and based on Winston Graham’s 12 novels. The miniseries, which begins its second season Sunday, Sept. 25, is an example of how changes are made to plots taken from beloved books to make movies or TV miniseries that some viewers enjoy and others cringe to see. Turner also starred as the dwarf Kili in Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” films based on the book by J.R.R. Tolkien.

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Books vs. movies or miniseries: Often we love one, but cringe at the other

This isn’t necessarily about whether the book is better.

(It is.)

(Except for “The Godfather.”)

(And “Jaws.” And definitely “The Devil Wears Prada.”)

(Let’s just agree that it’s subjective and complicated.)

It’s about abiding love and full-body cringes, the soul-deep kind that can cause actual, physical pain. It’s emotionally akin to having a 39-year-old timeshare salesman show up on your doorstep to take your 16-year-old daughter out. It’s about hope and often betrayal.

It’s about seeing a book you love turned into a movie or TV show.

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