Why should I read the book if there is a movie?
The book was better!
Here is my take and I'm about to straddle a pretty big fence...
I believe each form is beautiful in its own way. For example, the movie is a live action representation of a book that was popular enough to catch Hollywood's eye! Have I watched a movie then read the book? Heck yes! I love comparing the two and I've discovered some pretty great books from movies that I didn't realize were made from books. So the next time you want to say...The book was better (or vice versa) remember that both forms of entertainment are unique, special, and entertaining! :)