Book or movie first? Which do you prefer to do first, watch the movie or read the book? I've found watching the movie first is always best. You have seen the environment, the characters, etc. Also the movie is 99.999% of the time inferior to the book because of how much they have to remove. Then when you come to the book, ah, everything makes sense now! All the little details the movie missed comes to life. The only exception to this I can think of is The Running Man. The movie was far better than the book.