"The chasm between the beauty and seriousness of the work, and what it has become, has overwhelmed me. The commercialization has reduced the aesthetic and philosophical impact of the creation to nothingThey eviscerated the book by making it an action movie for young people aged 15 to 25." - Christopher Tolkien

At Unimpressed Hugo, I’ll take the opportunity to point out that my other favorite author (actually, his son) is just as unimpressed.

As with Hugo, Tolkien’s writing style is not for everyone. You don’t even have to think he’s a particularly good writer to enjoy the universe he spent his life creating. But, having been raised on his work, it pains me to hear what I have heard so frequently over the past decade: “I tried to read the books but they were just so boring!” There is a difference between enjoying the way Tolkien writes and respecting it—if you love Jackson’s [highly flawed] film adaptation, you should at least acknowledge and respect that it draws from the huge, extremely detailed body of work created by another man decades before Jackson was even born.

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