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Okay. Found in my email today a serious comment from one of my relatives, about why she didn't entirely like the FOTR movie.

She had read the books, including The Hobbit, years ago, and finally saw the film upon my persistent prodding. Now she says she liked The Hobbit better, because "they were creative in their means of escape or venturing on," whereas in LOTR, "the solution was too often fighting." So, basically, she's saying "Why does it have to be so violent?"

To which I can only answer: Umm, hello? It's about a WAR. Yes, a war. While detaining your enemy for a chat and a riddle game may have worked with Gollum, I somehow don't think it would've stopped the Ringwraiths. I can just see the hobbits and Strider trying that one: "Aw, come on, scary Black Riders, let's just talk it out. No? Still coming at me with a sword? Well, shucks...I don't want to have to do anything violent...please just stop. Please? Okay? 'Cause I don't want to have to fight or anything."

I mean, really. Duh.
Just had to get that off my chest.

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mollyringle
Oct. 19th, 2002 11:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Mmmm
Exactly - to me, it's not really about war, even though the plot is a struggle between good and evil. The war part is not why I love the story. It's about friendship and courage, and yes, definitely, how can one read it or see it and not end up loving Frodo (and Sam and several others)? So, while I'm not surprised that there was fighting in the film, I am surprised that it bothered my relatives. Surely the pure emotion outshone the occasional swordfight. Oh well--at least all of you guys get it! :)

How are you? Haven't heard from you in awhile.

I'm good! Thank you for asking. Been quite busy, what with being a T.A. this term, but still surviving.
Oh, and btw, good luck with searching for a job - since you mentioned that in a previous post but I never got around to commenting...