Is ‘Wizard’s First Rule’ as bad as the TV series makes it seem?

I watched the first episode of The Legend of the Seeker recently. The hero learns that the people he thought were his parents actually weren’t: he was taken from his real parents and adopted. He learns this from an eccentric hermit who’s actually a powerful wizard after his father is killed and his house burnt down…

In other words, it’s a ripoff of Star Wars.

Is the novel like that? Or is it one of those cases where the TV series doesn’t live up to the book?