Faithful readers I am sure will remember that I did give the first book a shot, when I had run out of arguments to counter my tender spouse's forceful recommendations.
It did not make me want to view the TV-version, so I didn't.
However, now that I have (not exactly unwillingly, but let's say unenthusiastically) sat through most of the last two seasons, I think I can safely confirm that the motion picture adaptation - for once! - greatly surpasses the book.
That it still hasn't in any way swept me off my feet I reckon we must put down to an incompatibility of temperament.