Over the years I have done both of these. But just recently I did something I've never done before. I stopped reading a book and watched the movie on Netflix.
I had been reading Palm Trees in the Snow. It is a novel about what is now Equatorial Guinea. But the story takes place in the 1950's when it was the Spanish colony of Fernando Po.
To be honest, I knew nothing about this colony. History classes can only cover so much and I do not recall this ever being a topic. While the history and story in the book was interesting, it just droned on. Maybe it was because of the translation. When I went online to read reviews, I saw that the movie existed. Yippee!
I am a fairly fast reader, but after having read 20% of the book on my Kindle, it indicated it would take me more than eight hours to finish. The movie was a little less than three hours. Easy decision.
After viewing the movie, I had some questions and so I have returned to the book. I will likely finish it. And seeing the movie didn't spoil anything cause I was pretty sure where the book was headed.
And as for folks saying "the book is always better", I beg to differ. Sometimes your time is more important. Here is the trailer for the movie, which I enjoyed.