What is your preference? I play it by ear. This situation, when a hit movie comes out (like Hunger Games) where I think I might enjoy the book, always puts me in (what I consider) the awkward position of deciding which way I want to be introduced to a story, going with the relative greater depth of a book versus the visual punch of a movie. Recently, I've got 3 franchises I've had to make this decision. Hunger Games- I've decided to read the book first. The Walking Dead- Decided I enjoyed the show and to read the comic after, although in the comic I have read up to the prison. It can be argued that the show is so divergent from the comic it really does not matter. Game of Thrones- I read the second book, Clash of Kings first and with Season 2, I realize how much more the book has in it. The show while faithful to the story leaves out quite a bit, however for a show, I think this keep things moving along especially for Clash of Kings which is slower and all most functions as a bridge book.