I've just finished watching The French Lieutenant's Woman for the first time since I saw it when it came out (in 1981, I think). And it occurred to me that I had never read the book and that I'd very much like to read it.
I'm a little concerned that I may not enjoy it as much as the movie, human nature being what it is (we like best what we experience first). I see this all the time in music. People who are around for the original version of a song tend to like that version better than remakes whereas younger generations often like the newer version better, but that may just be because music is such a backdrop for our teenage years and calls up such instantaneous emotions. So, I'm not so sure that "whatever comes first is the favorite" is as true when one is comparing movies to books.
Still, this fear that watching a movie may spoil the book for me is why I often put off watching a movie until I've finished the book. Sadly, it often means that I don't get around to seeing the movie until much later, sometimes years later (I've yet to see The Help and The Hunger Games, although I've read both books and want to see the movies). So what's your feeling? Read the book first or watch the movie first (and how has that affected your feelings about whatever comes second)?