My mantra is 'always read the book first!'
I normally love to read books first and then complain how the movie doesn't do anything for me.
My Sister's Keeper - I absolutely LOVED this book. I sobbed the whole way through it and thought it would be the same with the movie. Okay, I did cry but was then absolutely devastated when they changed the ending of the movie. I had been warned by a million articles complaining about it, but I saw it anyway. I guess when you love a book's ending so much it's hard to accept that someone out there decided that this ending would be better. Didn't they take a vote? Or sample a group of people?
Candy - This book was absolutely amazing and on a rare occurrence the movie shaped up to be just as pleasing. I can't say enough good things about the chemistry between Abbie Cornish and Heath Ledger in the film. The role suited him to a tee.
The Lovely Bones - One of my most recent reads, I had to bow my head on the train and pretend I had a snotty nose while quietly sobbing on the way to work. Probably one of the most emotional books I have read in a long time. Can't say the movie was amazing. New Zealand actress Rose McIver does a fabulous job as Susie's younger sister and who doesn't love Susan Sarandon? But the movie seemed to be all about Peter Jackson and his fantastical imagery. That said, read the author's follow up, Lucky and suddenly every part of the story becomes crystal clear.
Into the Wild - Another stunning one, where the movie ended up being just as amazing, if not better than the book. I remember watching the Oprah episode about Sean Penn filming this movie. The book is based on a true story and Sean was so passionate about it, he spent a decade convincing the family to let him make it into a movie. In his first major directing role, Penn brings to life the wilderness of Alaska and the desperation of one young boy to prove that following the sensible path is not always the best way to go. All music exclusively by Eddie Vedder. Nothing more to be said.
What book have you loved over the movie or visa versa?