I first read the book when I was about 12, my high school English teacher was suitably horrified when I made it the subject of my 1st book report in S1.
I loved the book then and still love it now. It was the 1st book I remember reading that was written as I had heard people around me talk when I was growing up. I recognised phrases and pronunciations that were just so Edinburgh. You see people writing that way on social media now and it always seems a bit affected to me but with Trainspotting it felt real and genuine. I love the way the book is totally chaotic, it jumps about all over the place, there isn't really a central narrative and all of the characters are very much an ensemble cast.
Being totally honest I'm less keen on the film. I get why it's an important piece of British cinema and there is little doubt it's very cleverly done. However I thought it lacks the depth of character the book has. I understand there had to be a focus on a core group of characters but it lost something with that imo. The likes of Matty, Second Prize, Davie Mitchell and Rentons brother all had interesting stories in the book that were either entirely ignored in the film or the storylines watered down and given to other characters.
I enjoyed the film and I've watched it more than a few times, if I'd never read the book I'd probably love it, but the book is in another league entirely.