Okay, we're gonna play a little game of book versus movie here.
Well, play versus movie.
You know what I mean.
Let me start by saying that I saw the movie first. And I absolutely acknowledge that that colors things.
I vastly prefer the movie. Elizabeth Taylor is amazing.
Now, let me say that I understand that Tennessee Williams hated the movie. I also understand that all of the reasons I prefer the movie are the same reasons he hated it.
The characters are just so much more likable in the movie. They're not super sympathetic in the play.
The play/book also has a lot more in terms of the theme of homosexuality, which just isn't really there in the movie. Or if it is, it's subtle enough that I just kind of didn't notice.
The play/book has more language too.
Anyway, honestly I'd say skip reading it and just watch the Elizabeth Taylor movie. Either way, watch the movie. Really.