I read the book before seeing the film and the book was horrorendous! Not that it was not well written, it was a masterpiece in the retelling of a hellish, hellish life. The story is terrible for me in that, until then, my mind had never encountered these foulest indignitous this girl had to suffer and I felt that one could only write this story if it had actually happended. How else could a mind conjour up these events without experiencing them? And why would anyone want to? The film, whilst shocking, is not as graphic as the book, though it still manages to capture the horror of this girl's life. Why watch something like this? Well, you never know what a book or film is really going to be like until you read or see it. And for me, learning more about the world, whether good or bad, makes me question our role as 'animals' in it.