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Happy Birthday to my "main man" of literature....

Posted on 2007.01.02 at 18:28

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Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-01-04 14:20 (UTC) (Link)
Ah, Maewyn, we really owe him. But when I say "owe him", I really should say "owe all the contributing factors". It really was so iffy that the thing would ever have been finished or submitted to a publisher who would say yes (the first said no). And that it made it to film at all, much less the films that were made! Yikes! I've been reading Brian Sibley's new book on Peter Jackson the film-maker and once again, when I stand back from it, it's another story of how serendipitous life is and the way it works out for this or that person, this or that project. When you read about Jackson, starting off making films on the weekends with his mates, using up all his paycheck while he lived at home with an incredibly supportive pair of parents, that he got where he got was the result of his own tremendous enthusiasm and "Kiwi 'we can do it'! attitude", of course, but also because of the coming together of people and events far beyond his control in film after film. Kind of like Frodo getting the Ring to Mt. Doom. He gave his all to do it, but hundreds, thousands of others - friend and enemy - were doing things all along that helped get it there, too. Reading the parts about how LotR came to be is rather terrifying. To think of the film or films it might have been in the hands of other directors, or in Pete's hands but cow-towing to the requirements of other producers! - or no film at all!

Maybe I'll post something about the book when I've finished. It's been a very fun, informative read.
Maewyn
maewyn_2 at 2007-01-05 14:17 (UTC) (Link)
I received that book for Christmas! It's the next book I'll be reading after I finish the one I have now.

I've been looking forward to reading it, and after your condensed review above, even more so!
Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-01-05 15:12 (UTC) (Link)
It's really, really good, Maewyn. There are some typos and missing words, meaning Sibley's publisher could have proofed it better, but it's really full of good info. and Sibley can keep a handle on the story (as shown by his excellent adaptation of LotR for BBC). But I'm serious when I tell people they might not enjoy it because LotR and its actors - while important - are not the centre of the book, and it's a BIG book. (Did you notice how heavy it is? It weighs a half pound more than a volume of HoME with the same number of pages. It must be the paper, sort of like magazine paper.)
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