If a movie comes out that has a book to it, I probably won’t read it, just watch the movie (unless it’s insanely good), but if a movie comes out and I have read the book, or know the book is good or I have it already, I will read first, then watch. If that makes sense.
I watched Girl, Interupted and I really enjoyed it and I want to read Susanna’s actual memoirs as well.
Same with Requiem For A Dream, I highly enjoyed that movie, it’s brilliant, so I bought the book, but the book is.. different. It has no real indication of when it’s a ‘narrator’ talking, or one of the characters, it’s very.. lacking in grammar. Obviously on purpose, but it makes it less enjoyable to read, for me anyway.
I am looking forward to seeing The Book Theif, but I haven’t read the book. I have it. I want to try again. I got it a few years ago, but my tastes and reading level have changed, so.
Also, I’m looking forward to the Vampire Academy movie, I’m a huge fan of that series, the movie looks like it could be very bad, or very good, but it is going to be different from the books. The movie is taking a very comedic and immature angle, but that’s only a small portion of the books.
Also, The Fault In Our Stars movie. I’ve read the book and towards the middle, it gets very messy. Oh so messy. John must have tired as hell or a bit lost, but I really hope that messiness doesn’t show in the film, because I quite enjoy the story and characters, as generic as it is.
AND I watched The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, which is an alright movie, not as good as everyone makes it seem, and then tried to read the book and I stopped half way through and gave up. It was awful.
So, it can go either way really. Books CAN be better than movies, movies CAN be better than books. I guess it depends on your tastes in reading and writing styles and actors and everything involved in writing a book or making a movie, as well as your general preference (book vs movies).
(Sorry this post is very messy. I rambled .)