I know this is an age old argument but I much prefer books to movies. I particularly don't like watching movies of books I have enjoyed enough to reread many times. I understand that you can't fit a whole book into a 3 hour time slot and bits have to be cut but it's when they change very minor details that they really didn't need to change that I get grumpy. I really am not the person to be watching a book-movie with, I would annoy you greatly. Little things like using a chain in the movie when in the book it was a rope (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban). Or giving a character blonde hair when in the movie she has black (The Golden Compass/Northern Lights). It bugs me.
I saw the first Harry Potter movie at the cinema and I haven't chosen to watch one since. I have seen bits and pieces of some of the other ones at friends' houses when they were watching it or when it was on TV and I was flicking channels. With all the Harry Potter hype at the moment with the last movie coming out I have no desire to watch the movie but have instead started to reread the books. I haven't reread them since the last book came out, so a while now.
They are still just as good. Each time I read them I think about how much planning JK Rowling must have already done because there are things in the first book which don't become relevant until book five, six or even seven. I love it.
Are there any movies you won't watch because you don't want to ruin the book? What do you think is the best book-movie adaptation? I quite enjoyed The Lord of the Rings trilogy and had read that series many many times before seeing the movie. Although, there was some spectacular eye candy in those movies to take my mind off silly mistakes/details being left out.