This topic has come up in discussions before, but we never just talked about how you choose and what seems to be the best way to go about doing things.
But the discussion goes both ways. When in came to Harry Potter, I'm very happy that I read the books first. I think it helped me understand the movies better, know more of what was really going on, especially in a world that is so new. The same goes for Lord of the Rings. That movie would have been terribly confusing (not really the plot, but all the names) without having read the book first.
On another note, sometimes I have watch a series/movie, loving the characters, the ongoing plots, etc. Then, turned to read the books for the full inside info, and absolutely condemned the book for not being as good. Case and point would be my two reviews of The Vampire Diaries and Pretty Little Liars. I LOVE the shows, but really can't stand the books at all.
It's hard to decide which is the better route.
Perhaps if I make a list, this will help...
Read the Book First and was Happy with the Show/Movie:
- Harry Potter
- Lord of the Rings
- Pride and Prejudice
- Confessions of a Shopaholic
- To Kill a Mockingbird
- Much Ado About Nothing
- Romeo and Juliet
- Beastly (was a little better the 2nd time around)
- Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
- The Last Song
- James and the Giant Peach
- A Midsummer Night's Dream
- The Vampire Diaries
- Pretty Little Liars
- Great Expectations
However, I think your best bet is to read the book first, but WELL BEFORE the movie/show comes out. Give yourself enough time to forget some of the book, so it can be a pleasant surprise when certain parts show up in the movie to remind you.
What do you all think?
Do you have a list of your own that you could make out?