Books are generally better (in my opinion) b/c they have the freedom to expand the author's thoughts as deeply as the author would like to go. A movie is aiming to fit those thoughts into a convinent 2 hour time window. A TV series like Game of Thrones or Pillars of the Earth can dive deeper into the author's orginal thoughts, b/c they expand from that 2 hour time slot to a 10 or 12 hour time frame, which gives significantly more room for diving into the detail. Even something as simple as the wall in Game of thrones is described more vividly in the book than its ever presented in the series. In the series, they pick up a sword for the first time, say how much they like it and cut to the next scene. In the books, George Martin describes how the various swords feel in his character's hands, how they shimmer or how they were made, the backstory of the sword, etc... Its all minutia in the grand scheme of the story, but its the little things that make a book significantly bettr than the movie version 99% of the time.
Perhaps Doug does the triple lindy as well.