It depends from person to person and their depth of understanding and imagination. I used to read Harry Potter books as a kid over and over. I read the 6th and the 7th book in one night. (Started from 12AM, finished at 7am).
Just by reading the books alone, my brain created it's own visual imagery of the story. How the characters look like, what the locations our characters are present at, look like. And when the movies came out, they vastly differed from what i had in mind, some aspects looked better than my imagination and some didn't.
But overall, the books provided me a more in-depth experience with the story, more than the movie, because it allowed me to warp the story in my own direction. Plus, a book is in far more detail as compared to a movie, which has to cram as much of the story in a hour and a half or two hours.
If we are going to talk Jane Austen I loved the movie "Sense and Sensibility", so many great performances. You should try to check it out: Here is a low quality version on youtube
Lots of great 'english' for practice.