Originally Posted by nstygma
i read The Godfather first before ever seeing the film, after which i went on a Puzo binge.
this was in my younger years and i quickly learned that movies rarely capture what the novel was, which sucks!
so i've never read the exorcist, and i initially watched the movie sooo long ago, there are only a few scenes left in memory. should i read the book first before watching it, or the other way around?
Personally, I'd watch the movie first. But that's the way I always approach it when I find a movie/novel-combo in which I'm interested. As you mention, movies are generally the weaker of the two, and I find if I watch the movie first, I'm more apt to enjoy the movie on its own merits since I'm not comparing it to my preconceived notions of what it should be.