Brittany Coleman asked:
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(view spoiler)[Would you rather have been surprised by the ending reading the book or surprised by the ending watching the movie? Meant to be a different question than "Would you rather have watched the movie or read the book first?" if that makes sense! I watched the movie first and loved being shocked by the ending but unfortunately won't be shocked by the ending in the book :/ Unless it's less shocking in the book. (hide spoiler)]
Cam Schitter I watched the movie when it came out on DVD and loved it. I haven't watched any movie more times than I've watched fight club. When I found out it was a book, years after I'd seen the movie the first time, I debated reading the book simply because how can you read a book with that kind of ending, KNOWING how it ended. I finally read Fight Club almost a Decade after i saw the movie the first time and I LOVED it. I have read fight club at least once a year for the last 4. The ending in the book is a little less than the movie but, I personally felt the ending to the book was much more believable, though still not very.
This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)[I did the same thing you did. My friend really like the movie so I watch it with them and was totally shocked at the ending. When I started reading the book (knowing how it ended) it was fun to pick up the side-remarks and notice how Tyler was never there with our narrator was with other people. Yes it spoiled the ending of the book, but I found it more fun knowing more than the characters did at the time, and plus it is a good movie to watch. (hide spoiler)]
Alice Aurelius I enjoyed the ending of the movie more, so did the author. Though I think the ending of the book becomes more obvious as you get further into the book. So I think the surprise factor the book holds is significantly milder.
Michael Chapman I think the twist is hidden better in the film than in the book - so for me, watching the film first is the preferred option.
Greg I saw the movie first and that first (of many) viewings blew me away. And I am so glad I did experience....well, you know.... that thing on a movie screen with people all around me gasping. Let's just say Shyamalan must have been green with envy.