I mentioned this earlier, the book is better if you can get through the slang.
I know I'm weird but personally I love it mainly because
of the slang; I thought it was a lot of fun to decipher it. :D
Nobody has mentioned Hitchcock? Vertigo? Rebecca? The Birds
? Ah, the youth...
I wasn't aware that The Birds was based on a novel. All I know is that I tried to watch the movie once, but after 45 minutes during which nothing
had happened, and no
birds had appeared, I turned it off in disgust.
It's based on a short story by Daphne Du Maurier, but if I recall correctly, they only share the same idea about birds freaking out for some unknown reason, nothing more. Oh, and I kind of liked the movie, even though it's not my favorite by Hitchcock.