What? thats idiocy. JK Rowling has wrote books that she wanted to write. She hasn’t done anything to the work of Tokien.
Its the marketing machine thats behind her that I despise.
As for the books, I read the first 4 i think, and feel no need to read the others. I’ve read far better books. Bus as people repeatedly say to me, “They children’s books!” So then why has the world gone mad and everyone from 5-80 reading them? I find nothing to relate to in the characters and I’m a big fan of fantasy and as such have read much better fantasy books. Maybe thats the charm, its people reading fantasy for the first time and not realising that it can be done so much better.[/quote:4108b0c1e1]
My point was that she has taken many elements of Tolkiens work and integrated them into her own, at the same time aiming the book at a younger audience. Now while this is done cosntantly its the effect that it has on people that gets to me. I’m told constantly that “Oh its a good way to get into Lord Of The Rings” and thats what really makes me angry. You don’t need to “get into” it, you either like and appreciate it or you don’t. If the size of the book is overwhelming then read The Hobbit. But a book of that caliber being called the “biggest”, “most popular” or I’ve even read “one of the most entertaining” is a disgrace. As you said, its people reading fantasy for the first time and not realising that it can be done so much better. Its a shame thats all…