Reading Challenge #2: Compare and Contrast Books and Their Movies - Lord of the Rings
Inspired by @ReadingChallenge. I know I'm a bit late on this one but I can't let this opportunity to rant go by. To summarise, the books are definitely better
- •So I feel like I need to give this list some context and admit up front that I'm one of those freaks that re-reads Lord of the Rings each year. As such, I'm clearly a passionate fan of the books and know them well.
- •I actually started this tradition because of a comment on the behind the scenes footage on the DVDs. I use to love the movies until I re-read the books and became more familiar with them, but now I would pay good money to punch Peter Jackson in the face
- •WHAT THEY DID RIGHT
- •How it looksVisually, I can't fault the movies. The scenery matches up so well with what is in my head
- •Smeagol/GollumAndy Serkis nailed it
- •WHAT THEY GOT WRONGSo much. I'll focus on the main ones
- •FrodoThis could be personal opinion, but Frodo in the books was much braver, and way less annoying. I wasn't surprised when book Frodo tried to take the ring but disappointed that he had lost his long fight against it. Watching the movie, I was only surprised that anyone thought movie Frodo would actually destroy the ring
- •FaramirBook Faramir is noble, loyal, brave, and generally all round awesome. Movie Faramir is a bit of a dick
- •No Scouring of the ShireTolkien described this as 'an essential part of the plot' and I feel it really drove home just how far the reach of Sauron was
- •Frodo sending Sam homeWHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK, NO WAY, FRODO KNEW HE NEEDED SAM, THEIR FRIENDSHIP WAS THE HEART OF THE BOOK IT WOULD NEVER HAVE HAPPENED AAARRGGHHH!
- •Aragorn was never reluctant to be king, Theoden never hesitated to help Gondor, the elves couldn't help at Helm's Deep because they were fighting their own battles, etc, etc
- •Me discussing Lord of the Rings