I did like the movie better than the book, very rarely do I say that. For some reason the characters seemed to have more depth, especially George and Lucy (of course that lack of depth may have been Forrester's point, especially Lucy). I was kind of surprised by how little Lucy's family objected to her dumping Charles even though they didn't really like him. You would have thought her mother especially would have been more upset about the loss of social status (and the waste of money already spent on the wedding).
There is some wonderful dialogue in the book though. I loved Charles and Lucy's discussion about him being a room without a view. And of course how could you not love Mr. Emerson the elder.
Btw did anybody after reading this book have any doubt that Forrester was gay!