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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Nope, Frodo wasn't in it, but it sure was good....

Posted on 2005.10.16 at 00:16


mariole at 2005-10-16 17:07 (UTC) (Link)
I enjoyed the HP films and books. I'm not a fan, but I do enjoy the playfulness of the world Rowling created. Unlike you, I enjoyed the earlier books _more_ because they were less dark. I really am not soaking into that teenage angst--once was enough! But I applaud Rowling's work and take delight in her success.

She does handle the darker themes well. I'm particularly remembering the end of Book IV. I honestly can't remember if I read book 5; I know I haven't read the latest. All in due time. They will be there when I'm ready! But I wanted to read the books before the films. I enjoyed them all, even though 1 reading of the books sufficed, and 1 viewing of each movie, except #2, which I saw again. I enjoy all the actors, although I think Hermione is my favorite. :)
mechtild at 2005-10-16 18:06 (UTC) (Link)
I liked Hermione in the books very much. She's very recognizable to me as the, "love her in spite of her obsessive/compulsive personality" sort of persons I have known. All of Rowling's good guys are flawed, and Hermione is no exception. I know she would have led every social movement I witnessed back in the late twentieth century -- and she'd have done all her own typing and handed out her own leaflets, too. But I felt that the actress wasn't really up to speed until the second film. She needed to grow up a little more to develop the nuances - or else work with a different director.

Mariole, I shouldn't be surprised you liked the lighter books better. *smooch* But, unlike you, I suppose I will always enjoy "teenage angst" stories. (Love that Casey in The Faculty!)

For one thing, I never really lived mine out fully, I suspect (my teenage angst, that is). I think that's one of the reasons I fell so hard for LotR again, mid-life. Vicarious participation in all that angst -- through fiction -- seems to help me look again at all that stuff I ignored or blew off when I was an actual teenager.

But, on a deeper level, I think "teenage angst" themes are ones that human beings never really stop addressing until they are dead; things like, what is the truth about what is going on around me -- and what is my role in it? How can I tell if I am making a right choice in this predicament? What if I can't know what the right choice is? -- how will I live with my actions when I all I can do is choose between "least worst" options?

All of that is intertwined with themes of destiny and identity, too (in my view). Some people seem to be able to take care of all that, once and for all, when they are young. But others of us find that these issues continue to go unresolved, cropping up over and over, especially at intense times in our lives, whether the intensity is negative or positive or both.

I think these sorts of questions run beneath all coming of age stories, but also all stories in which adult characters are forced by circumstances to go beyond what they already know and are comfortable with.
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