Before reading: to be totally honest, I watched the movie first. I have wanted to read the books for a while, but the movie prompted me to. Not because it was good (it was horrible, and I mean really really bad!), but because I liked the feel of the plot and got excited to read it. Cheers!After reading: Obviously, it was a whole crap-load better than the movie. I don't regret I watched the movie first though, because I probably would've put off reading the series for a longer period of time. And now, I'm hooked. The only thing I regret is I got the gist of the storyline from the book, so the next one I'm excited to be more surprised.