I'm glad I watched the movie first. This book paints a picture of a very different Forrest Gump - and one I actually didn't really like. The book may have been a success on its own with its own merits if we never did see Ron Howard's version of the character through Tom Hanks. But since they did a marvelous job, all I was left with was a crummy book about a guy I really didn't end up liking. Definitely a movie-better-than-the-book scenario here.