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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Three movies I'm glad I saw.

Posted on 2008.12.10 at 14:54

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pearlette
pearlette at 2008-12-14 17:07 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Cold Mountain

It sounds like a film version would never live up to it. Yet it could still have been a great film, thinking of LotR. The films didn't live up to Tolkien's book, either, but the attempt produced great films.

Exactly. :)

No film version could ever match the version of LotR in my head, or the visions that book produces in my mind. I know that, surely every Tolkien fan knows that. Yet we still hoped for, and expected, greatness from PJ's films, and that is what he delivered, even despite some of the liberties he took. There are many things I forgive him for.

I do think the film adaptation of Cold Mountain could have matched the book, actually. As it was, it missed the book's transcendant quality. Nicole and Jude somehow failed to elevate the great romance at the heart of the book to the greatness it deserved on screen. I'm not saying it would have been easy: in the book, the two lovers do not meet until the final part! But the reader gets to know both of them, intimately, as the story progresses, and you are totally rooting for their love to succeed, against devastating odds.

By the way, I have adjusted my viewing screen to fix the problem I had with viewing your journal: the font now appears a perfectly normal size and I am no longer squinting. Why I didn't think to do this before, I don't know.


Mechtild
mechtild at 2008-12-14 18:30 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Cold Mountain

What did you do to your viewing screen, then? I remember you saying it only behaved this way viewing this journal, which was why I didn't suggest going to "View" on the menu bar, then adjusting the text size.

You are really making me want to read this book, but I don't have time. I checked out but never read the last books you got me excited over: same thing. Not enough time. And I haven't even had a job outside the house this fall. I do take a lot of time preparing posts, it's true. If I would just pull back on those, I'd have a lot more writing and reading time. Of course, those do involve writing and reading, so it's not as though it's time wasted. :) But you know what I mean: reading stuff I've never read before, rather than things I've read many times. I've been reading non-fiction when I'm not preparing posts, mostly. I did read the McMaster Vorkossigan series in the summer, per Estelanui's recommendations. It was fun, but one read was enough.

ETA: I should add that I did manage to read some mysteries by favourite mystery authors whose work I hadn't kept up on, because of being involved in LJ and LotR stuff the past few years. When I was convalescing this fall, I read the most recent volumes of Martha Grimes and P. D. James. But the books of both were very disappointing. Not so much the penultimate P. D. James and Grimes, but their last ones. It made me sad. It was as if they really had nothing else to say through their featured protagonists, they were just turning out books to meet their contract stipulations.

Edited at 2008-12-14 06:36 pm (UTC)
pearlette
pearlette at 2008-12-14 19:24 (UTC) (Link)

Fixing the font

I used 'Zoom' under 'View' on the Menu bar. Rather to my surprise, the zooming stayed put, rather than be temporary! I don't pretend to understand it, but it's working. :)

As for having time to read ... well, I commute every day, so I have time to read. I'm lucky. :)

Although I don't post half so much as I used to, if I posted less, I would write more.

I would have written a lot more LotR fanfiction back in the day had it not been for my intense involvement in the messageboards. The discussions were too fascinating, the people were too much fun ... so I blame you lot. :p

Kidding. :)

But writing takes serious time and energy. It's not surprising I don't get more done.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2008-12-14 19:57 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Fixing the font

The discussions were too fascinating, the people were too much fun ... so I blame you lot. :p

But you're right, though. Still, I wouldn't have missed it for anything.
pearlette
pearlette at 2008-12-14 23:29 (UTC) (Link)
No, neither would I!
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