Recently after reading my copy of The Hunger Games (coming soon to a theater near you!)I thought of all the times I’ve been infuriated, confused, and pleasantly surprised by attempts to condense a book into a two-ish hour chunk of flickering entertainment. My current motto of “Watch the movie first, read the book later” is not a hard and fast one, or even possible in some cases, but I’ve found that it causes me the least amount of grief overall. That way I enjoy the film (or don’t) on its own merits, whereas if I read first and then watch I tend to become more involved in nitpicking or becoming frustrated with genuinely bad changes to the story.
What do you tend to do, if given the choice to read the book or watch the movie first?