Last month we read the book "Julie & Julia" for our book club.
Personally, I LOVED it! It felt really relevant to what I'm going through in my life right now, and I could really relate to Julie and her struggle to find meaning and motivation. She took a simple idea (albeit not an easy one), and acted on it - and it ended up changing her life. Sure she freaked out sometimes, had meltdowns, and seemed a little nuts - but don't we all go through that from time to time? I really enjoyed the read. It made me super happy, and feel very content upon finishing it.
Last night I decided to watch the movie "Julie & Julia", based on the book.
Let's just say, I didn't like it nearly as much. While reading the book I loved Julie and really related to her. I loved how real she was, and how she didn't try to hide her faults. In the movie I couldn't stand her, and didn't want to rejoice with her when she'd accomplished her goals. She drove me bonkers! She was unlikable and bitchy, and the screenwriters seemed to miss the full theme of the story as she didn't seem changed at ALL by the end of the film. I hate when that happens.
On another hand, I loved Meryl Streep as Julia Child. She was someone I wanted to know and party with. Loud, rambunctious, passionate, daring. She was a very small part in the book, but I loved what they did with her in the movie. It made her look like the most wonderful person you could ever know - and I really enjoyed her part of the story.
In conclusion, read the book first. Of course, I guess that's always my conclusion when there's a book first then a movie later!