movies are nice when you dont have a month to read a book. You can spend 2 hours and get a good idea of what the book was about. You also get the visual portion of the book. I like reading books though. Just dont have as much time as I would like to invest in reading. I do read for a few minutes each night before I go to bed.
As a rule of thumb, the book is always better than the movie. I've noticed that this does not apply when movies have been turned into books.
I couldn't agree more with this post. My love of books is far greater than that of movies, but movies turned into books aren't generally very enjoyable for me.
I'd choose a book over a movie any day. Maybe I'm weird, but I find books to be much more engaging, and they allow you to make all of the scenes within your mind. Movies are rather passive activities for me.
Where ever possible I always read a book before I see a movie made about a book. It can backfirer either way though. For example, I read "A Walk to Remember" as the movie was being promoted and cried so much there is no way I could watch the movie, the same for "Dear John". But I watched "The Notebook" before I realised it was a book and now know that nothing will compare to the movie, so I wont read the book.