If a movie is made based off a book, I made it a rule to read it before watching it.
With Martin Scorsese as director, Brian Selznick's "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" automatically became a must-read. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, this is one of two books I have finished.
I was blown away by the story-telling technique. Hugo was half-picture book, half-story book. Where the pictures stopped, Selznick picked up the story with words. Flawless transition! I have never read anything like this before, and I fell in love with it.
I highly recommend the book to anyone who loves a story told differently and ever-so elegantly.