Would you rather read the book first... or see the movie and then read the book?
Or do you skip the book altogether? Or do you skip the movie altogether?
I love both. The book is undoubtedly filled with so many more details and explanations that it is richer by far and more complete than any movie could be. The book tells you everything, or most of them do.
The problem is that movies can't possibly contain the details of a book. So much is left out. That leaves me wanting more. You do get to see the characters you have conjured up in your mind but usually they don't match. You've formed a relationship with these characters in the book. Then they show up differently. (Sometimes we do that in real life too.)
If I see the movie first, I have no interest in reading the book because I already know the story and that's the bottom line for me. If I read the book first, I enjoy the movie but wish they hadn't left out so much.
The Great Gatsby is opening in a few days. So we can see the movie remake starting May 10 'at theaters everywhere'. The book has been out since the 1920s so there's a good chance we've already read it. If not, it's in the library. The original movie has the young Robert Redford.....but it still doesn't hold a candle to the book. I expect to thoroughly enjoy the sheer delight a movie brings. But the only reason I'll know "how it really was" is because I read the book.
And you? Book or movie or both?