Who invented the modern fantasy genre?
ottertee at silverwinggraphics.com
Mon Aug 23 13:21:31 EDT 2004
On Monday, August 23, 2004, at 04:33 AM, Rowland, Jennifer A B wrote:
> I dragged myself through the trilogy a couple of times as it's so
> influential. Then I watched the films and went back to the books again
> to see what had been missed out, and found them much easier to read- I
> think having the strong forward drive of the films in my mind made it
> easier to enjoy the discursiveness of the book without thinking "Get
> on with it!". My favourite parts now are the asides, the history bits,
> the landscape descriptions. I have no plans to read the 5,000 extra
> books of unfinished tales, though.
> Ursula le Guin thinks Tolkien is a wonderful prose writer - easy to
> read out loud because his sentences use the rhythms of speech. (I've
> just been reading a book of essays of hers, with a long one on LOTR.)
> I often don't notice style consciously, but next time I read the books
> I might look for that.
I reread LOTR in preparation for the release of the movies. And got
bored and annoyed. Then, driving back and forth [and back and forth]
between Michigan and Colorado, I listened to a complete audio version.
This was lots better. And I've read part, if not all, since and not
With me, it's more me than Tolkien, I know. There are things he can
do and things he can't do, and it just depends on which strike me
harder any given time.
[I noticed, for instance, that he does landscape pretty well, but there
are no birds or wild animals [with a very few exceptions] who are
not involved in machinations of the plot. Definitely not a birder.]
- It doesn't make any difference what you do in the
bedroom as long as you don't do it in the street
and frighten the horses.
-- Mrs. Patrick Campbell
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