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FOTR being less faithful

Fredeghar Wayfarer
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Nov 4 2013, 11:27pm


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FOTR being less faithful [In reply to] Can't Post

I see your point but don't quite agree. My acceptance of changes has a lot to do with intent. In FOTR, most of the changes are done for the sake of telling the story more efficiently. It eliminated the 17-year gap between Frodo getting the Ring and setting out on the quest (which, frankly, I always found silly), dropped Tom Bombadil and the Barrow-downs (which would slow down the beginning of the story, much as I love them), introduced us to Merry and Pippin differently (the hobbits' conspiracy would also have slowed things down), and introduced Arwen sooner and in a bigger role. These changes make sense to me when trying to compress a novel into a movie.

Some of the changes in the later films, however, are less about efficiency of story and more about adding new plotlines and inventions. Faramir's personality shift (to me) is a much more significant change and more jarring than anything that was altered in FOTR. Elves at Helm's Deep and the death of Haldir are also quite jarring when nothing like this exists in the book. Frodo banishing Sam before the fight with Shelob is also a major change that adds new drama where it didn't exist before. And obviously, adding Azog, Radagast, and Tauriel to The Hobbit is a pretty extreme change to the source material.

I'm much more open to changes when they're done to distill a story to its essence. I start to get leery when they're done to add new moments or plotlines or characters that may or may not be necessary to telling the story. I've grown to accept most of Jackson's changes (except Azog. I still hate that bastard! Tongue) but even so, I think that FOTR feels truer to the spirit of the book than some of the later films.

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FOTR best film book Gandalf Send a private message to book Gandalf Oct 30 2013, 9:34pm
    I think... cats16 Send a private message to cats16 Oct 30 2013, 10:00pm
    Speak for yourself! demnation Send a private message to demnation Oct 30 2013, 10:05pm
        Ah, demnation aids in proving my point, lol. cats16 Send a private message to cats16 Oct 30 2013, 10:07pm
        cmon book Gandalf Send a private message to book Gandalf Oct 30 2013, 10:18pm
            I Liked Two Towers Better IdrilofGondolin Send a private message to IdrilofGondolin Oct 30 2013, 10:50pm
    Just to play along zarabia Send a private message to zarabia Oct 31 2013, 5:16am
        Can you elaborate Starling Send a private message to Starling Oct 31 2013, 7:54am
            Well... zarabia Send a private message to zarabia Oct 31 2013, 9:33am
                Oh no, Starling Send a private message to Starling Oct 31 2013, 4:55pm
                    The light in almost all of the other scenes zarabia Send a private message to zarabia Nov 2 2013, 2:43am
                        Well, Starling Send a private message to Starling Nov 2 2013, 2:52am
                            A good excuse to watch, as if any were needed :) // zarabia Send a private message to zarabia Nov 2 2013, 8:58am
                        I think that the quality of light elaen32 Send a private message to elaen32 Nov 2 2013, 8:33am
                            I think you're right, especially about the relative lack of pollution. // zarabia Send a private message to zarabia Nov 2 2013, 9:03am
                                All you ever wanted to know about NZ light and more... Starling Send a private message to Starling Nov 2 2013, 6:40pm
                                    Thanks Starling! elaen32 Send a private message to elaen32 Nov 2 2013, 10:45pm
    It *might've* been a better film if ... DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Oct 31 2013, 8:15am
    What always strikes me as odd.... Darkstone Send a private message to Darkstone Oct 31 2013, 1:44pm
        So true Starling Send a private message to Starling Oct 31 2013, 4:59pm
        Excellent metaphor! // Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Oct 31 2013, 8:47pm
        What makes you think so? Smeagol Bagginsess Send a private message to Smeagol Bagginsess Nov 3 2013, 5:50pm
        FOTR being less faithful Fredeghar Wayfarer Send a private message to Fredeghar Wayfarer Nov 4 2013, 11:27pm
    I agree Radagast-Aiwendil Send a private message to Radagast-Aiwendil Oct 31 2013, 6:04pm
    In brief, the Extended Edition = the main de-merits... Harold.of.Whoa Send a private message to Harold.of.Whoa Nov 1 2013, 2:21am
    Home viewing vs theatrical experience Loresilme Send a private message to Loresilme Nov 2 2013, 9:15pm
    hmm Elskidor Send a private message to Elskidor Nov 2 2013, 9:54pm
    FotR is the best one yes. Smeagol Bagginsess Send a private message to Smeagol Bagginsess Nov 3 2013, 5:56pm
    Thumbs up for all! star Nov 4 2013, 11:41am
    Really? arithmancer Send a private message to arithmancer Nov 13 2013, 7:12pm
    It is the best for me Bernhardina Send a private message to Bernhardina Nov 14 2013, 9:05pm
        always has been my fave! but a question... OopsyDaisy Send a private message to OopsyDaisy Nov 15 2013, 9:21pm
            I forgot to mention! OopsyDaisy Send a private message to OopsyDaisy Nov 15 2013, 9:36pm
    It is the best film macfalk Send a private message to macfalk Nov 17 2013, 8:16pm
        I understand... ecthelionsbeard Send a private message to ecthelionsbeard Nov 21 2013, 8:20pm
        That is impressive and slighty worrying at the same time! malickfan Send a private message to malickfan Nov 21 2013, 8:37pm
            Seems like a sensible amount to me! DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Nov 21 2013, 10:44pm
                Hmm, maybe I'm the odd one. malickfan Send a private message to malickfan Nov 21 2013, 11:03pm
            Well macfalk Send a private message to macfalk Nov 23 2013, 2:21pm
    Hoom now don't be hasty! Radagast_the_Brown Send a private message to Radagast_the_Brown Dec 12 2013, 12:23pm

 
 
 

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