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I would be greatful for some feedback

MrCere
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Mar 25 2007, 6:21am


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In a review of "The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide" by Christina Scull & Wayne G. Hammond I wrote the following:

Scull and Hammond write, “Heavily promoted, Peter Jackson’s motion picture helped temporarily to increase sales of Tolkien’s works to extraordinary levels, though it is arguable whether it inspired many new readers to become enthusiasts of Tolkien’s book rather than devotees of the film.”

While it is hard to have a quibble when the phrase “though it is arguable” is used as a safeguard, personal experience with fans of book and film has presented me sufficient evidence (for myself) that indeed “many” have used the films as a gateway to the literary LOTR and from there to the extended Tolkien library. I even suspect that a number of eventual buyers of the ‘Companion and Guide’ were introduced to Middle-earth by way of Jackson’s films, but such minutiae are mentioned not as a criticism but only as a point of interest to this specific audience (readers of TORn).

I feel comfortable with what I have said because it is my experience and opinion, of which I am the world's leading expert. Tongue I wonder though if my opinion is shared or contradicted by others. Is it indeed rare for a movie-firster to become interested in the source material and become "enthusiasts of Tolkien's book"?

If we live in trying times, we must be the ones who try. If the future is looking dark, we must be the ones who shine.

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I would be greatful for some feedback MrCere Send a private message to MrCere Mar 25 2007, 6:21am
    I have no personal experience FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Mar 25 2007, 9:53am
        Most encouraging. OhioHobbit Send a private message to OhioHobbit Mar 25 2007, 7:57pm
    I am a movie-firster Shadowfaxfan Send a private message to Shadowfaxfan Mar 25 2007, 10:52am
        Tolerance for violence is not needed for the books, of course. Curious Send a private message to Curious Mar 25 2007, 5:44pm
    my kids and their friends a.s. Send a private message to a.s. Mar 25 2007, 1:51pm
        movies making readers Beruthiel Send a private message to Beruthiel Mar 25 2007, 2:42pm
    I read the books just before the movies. namadriel Send a private message to namadriel Mar 25 2007, 3:24pm
    The films brought me *back* to the books after many years Curious Send a private message to Curious Mar 25 2007, 5:35pm
        I suspect many came back to the books because of the films drogo Send a private message to drogo Mar 25 2007, 6:55pm
    I am sorry to say Finding Frodo Send a private message to Finding Frodo Mar 25 2007, 6:07pm
        I'll be the first priell3 Send a private message to priell3 Mar 28 2007, 2:48pm
    My feedback Noneoftheabove Send a private message to Noneoftheabove Mar 26 2007, 6:53am
    Reading LOTR Saelind Send a private message to Saelind Mar 27 2007, 1:57am
    It's safe to say... stridersGIRL Send a private message to stridersGIRL Mar 27 2007, 11:39am
    My experience is "none". Atlas Send a private message to Atlas Mar 27 2007, 11:46am
    I knew Tolkien's works thanks to the movies Evernight Send a private message to Evernight Mar 28 2007, 2:16pm
    Mayhap time will tell? KmK Send a private message to KmK Apr 16 2007, 5:26pm

 
 
 

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