I have nothing against the books, and I've honestly never read them. This movie was just drab and boring. The characters were boring, uninteresting, and the plot moved no where. I think a B horror movie has more character development, and that's just sad. I hear it was even disappointing to the fans of the books. So it didn't really live up to it's expectations at all.
I hear the 2nd one was much more improved, and was directed by someone else, but I haven't been excited to see it after the let down the first movie was.
It might seem good in the eyes of just a pre-teen, but not mine.