Sunday, September 23, 2012

Far Over the Misty Mountains Cold...

Hey all,

I admit it.  I'm a book geek. (As if you didn't know.)  I may write romances and mainly read that genre, but I'm a fan of all kinds of books.  Mystery, Thrillers, Horror, Sci-Fi, and of course, Fantasy.  The classics are books I can read again and again.

One thing I adore is when they take a classic book and turn it into a movie.  A GOOD movie.  Not the grade Z movies that even the actors wish never existed.  I'm talking about those movies that are so good, you consider they may be as good (almost) as the book itself.

Case in point for me were the LOTR movies.  I loved them.  Even though they didn't follow the book exactly, it was still an excellent storyline that made me lose myself in the fantasy.  Awesome.  And each one was that way.  I think J. R. R. Tolkien would be proud.

So, as you can imagine, I am very excited about the new Tolkien movie coming out.  The Hobbit was the first book I ever read from this author, and to this day I have a mental picture of the dragon, Smaug huddling over his illgotten treasure.

It's a great book, and I've seen several versions of the story, so I'm very curious as to how Peter Jackson has envisioned The Hobbit.  I know he's picked some great actors, so I think it's going to be a thrilling movie over all.

Check out this trailer...

As you can see, AWESOME...  I adore Ian McKellen (Gandalf) and of course you can't lose with Benedict Cumberbatch (Necromancer), Hugo Weaving (Elrond) and Cate Blanchett (Galadriel).  My heart still goes pitty-pat when I think of Orlando Bloom as Legolis, and after watching two seasons of Sherlock, I'm half in love with Martin Freeman (Bilbo).  A great cast, beyond wonderful storyline, and if the CG in the trailer is accurate, the graphics are going to be so realistic we'll be able to feel the heat of Smaug's breath.

But what about you?  Are you looking forward to this movie?  What is your favorite Tolkien book?  Are you pleased or irritated they are breaking The Hobbit into two movies instead of one?  Let us know in the comments below!

Until Thursday,


CJ England
Follow Your Dreams


Ray said...

I have not read any of the books, but I have seen portions of LOTR, but never the entire movie. The books aren't my thing, although I think if I watch this movie I may read the book. Sometimes reading after seeing the movie is better. It lets you fill in the blanks.

The best example for me anyway was, WHITE OLEANDER. I went to the movie with a friend. A couple of weeks later I took her from Cape Canaveral to the Orlando airport. The book store had a whole table full of the books. It had been an Oprah Book of the Month. The movie followed the book pretty close, but more or less as a Cliff Notes version. What was really different was that the movie left out the last two or three chapters.

CJ England said...

I have to admit I didn't read the trilogy until I was an adult. And I did it on audio tape as we were traveling through Australia. I don't think I would have appreciated it as a kid, but I loved it as an adult.

felinewyvern said...

I love Tolkien's Hobbit books and I read the three LOTR books as a trade back edition in 5 days.

I loved the way the film was made and look forward to an equally good time watching Peter Jackson's version of The Hobbit (though, purely out of impatience, I would have preferred one film instead of two).

wyndwhisper said...

Hi CJ,
i read them obsessively when i was in school. of course at first i didn't want to because it was required reading at my school but once i read the 1st chapter of the Hobbit i was hooked. 20+ years later and i still love them. i can pick up any one of them and get lost in the story right away, as if i had never read them a million times. my niece who has only seen the movies doesn't like them. i told her that the books where better and different but she's 14 and knows best. LOL!

tammy ramey

CJ England said...

Ilona, I agree. If I have one criticism, it would be I have to wait to see the whole thing! But at the same time, I know making two will only give me more of what I love! LOL

CJ England said...

Tammy, I honestly think the books are more for adults. What I mean by that is they are so detailed and rich as a child or young adult I know I--who read everything and anything--couldn't get into them because of the remarkable detail. I was too impatient. Now, I treasure the detail and flavor of the books. Friend books for sure.

Unknown said...

It's going to be 3 movies and so far they look and sound great! Peter Jackson has done a great job so far. I have box sets of the extended versions of the first 3 movies. Can't wait for the rest. :0)

Unknown said...

BTW I read the books for the first time when I was 12. LOL

CJ England said...

I agree, Connie. Can't wait for the movies. And I'm proud of you for the whole reading them at 12 thing. Hobbit, I managed, but not the others.