As an avid reader, I make a point not to see a movie from any book I truly enjoyed reading. I learned my lesson fast, when I read the Colleen McCullough novel The Thorn Birds and then watched the mini-series based on the book. Characters disappeared, storylines were beefed up or trimmed back and the casting didn't even come close to the faces I had envisioned. It left me wondering if I was loosing my mind or if I had read the same book as the filmmakers.
In the early 1990's, a friend recommended I read Edith Whartons The Age of Innocence. I fell in love with the story and devoured the book. Shortly after I finished, I saw the preview for the movie version of the book. When I saw the almost perfect casting of the characters I had become so familiar with, I thought I would give it a chance (and in my opinion-you can't go wrong with a Scorsese film). Not only was The Age of Innocence a fantastic movie, it adhered almost exactly to Edith Whartons story. The Cinematography beautifully captured New York in the late 19th century and Joanne Woodwards narration bridged the gap between the novels devoted readers to it translation to the screen. I've watched the film several times since I first saw it, over 18 years ago and love it just as much as I did the first time.
I highly recommend the book.....and the movie.