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  •  I have to agree (2+ / 0-)
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    RiveroftheWest, Brecht

    Because it seems to me that the fact I have been unable, in several attempts, to slog through LOTR means there is something wrong. Fans have told me that you must first read it when you are 14, and I missed this crucial deadline by several decades. As it is, LOTR takes you over the river and through the woods and across the creek and up and down the hills and through the woods again, until you are ready to scream.

    The short conclusion is that it is strictly plot-based, and I prefer character-based fiction.

    I have read and much liked The Hobbit, so it is not Middle-Earth that bothers me, it's just Tolkien's ponderous way of telling a story, and the peculiar and shallow characters he uses to tell it, that bother me.

    The movies were great, however, and I would like to go to NZ and see the beautiful mountains where they were filmed.    

    "You can observe a lot just by watching." ~ Yogi Berra

    by dandy lion on Mon Sep 30, 2013 at 03:35:34 PM PDT

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    •  Tolkein forged a new kind of epic fantasy, (1+ / 0-)
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      and his heirs have been playing with its possibilities ever since. There are writers who are trying to conjure up the same immense panoramas Tolkein did, of millenia, continents, and world-shattering wars between heroes and demons - and also to squeeze in fully developed characters.

      Alas, most who get anywhere near that end up with series twice as long as LOTR. George R. R. Martin might pull it off, with a series twice as long as LOTR, full of fascinating characters, that's actually worth reading from end to end.

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Tue Oct 01, 2013 at 12:44:10 AM PDT

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