There have been quite a few people complaining about the storyline of the show not following that of the books, and while I have read all the books and can relate, its really not that big a deal. Just think of it as a completely different story with the same characters.
This is the point where I start to get annoyed. Partly at the people who complain about Richard not having blond hair and Kahlan not having green eyes. These are their biggest complaints with the character portrayals? Seriously?
How about that fact that the Richard of the show is a scrawny man with fine delicate facial bone structure. One shield blow to the face and he would need his shattered jaw wired and multiple reconstructive surgeries to reacquire his pretty-boy looks.
How about the meek servile looks Kahlan keeps throwing Richard. Submissive glances that smack of cliched feminine weakness, and not the strong willful nature she is meant to have.
Zed is decent, but only when compared to Richard and Kahlan, and Darken Rahl is surprisingly accurate. But overall these badly botched character portrayals are what I am most furious about. There is still the mediocre acting and cheesy lines of course, but this is standard mindless fantasy fare, so too much complaining is unseemingly.
The only thing that really made me mad was when Richard returned The Sword of Truth to it's scabbard covered in blood. I nearly fell out of my chair.
In truth I mostly enjoy the show. Once you get the idea that it will be nothing like the books, you begin to enjoy the simple steel and sorcery fantasy. There is really nothing horribly wrong with the show, aside from it being based of something so much better that it seems a grotesque mockery by comparison.