Which came first? Did you read the book, and then see the movie? Or did you see the movie, and then read the book? And which did you like best?
I can remember reading Stephen King's THE SHINING. The experience was more than intense, so I couldn't wait to see the movie. Stanley Kubrick had been a favorite director ever since DR. STRANGELOVE, Jack Nicholson was king, and someone I knew had been hired to operate one of the cameras. How could anything go wrong?
Everything went wrong. To this day I'm still unable to tell you what I think of the movie. It's almost like the experience of reading the novel rewrote my brain. The movie was and remains a huge success, but I can't watch it. I can't get there. King's book got to me first.
With John Grisham's THE FIRM, it's exactly the opposite experience. The movie was directed by Sidney Pollack, and I saw it first. Even today I consider the movie one of the best legal thrillers ever made. When it comes to the novel, a worldwide bestseller by an author I love, it doesn't seem to make any difference. Pollack's movie got to me first.