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I didn't see any Bald Salmans.
And when did everything turn into Where's Waldo?
Am I going to have to but easter eggs in all of my photos?
And, finally, do you really think people will READ Lord of the Rings 100 years from now? Really? People don't read now!
And I'm sure that there will be a tiny percentage of people who will read Tolkien novels a century from now. But next time you see someone whip out a classic novel at a red light, be sure and let me know.
^^ Farmer John, add these to your Family reading list:
-The Yearling by Marjorie Rawlings
-Dragon Singer/Dragon Song and Dragon Drums by Anne McCaffery.
-Watership Down by Richard Adams.
-Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Stowe.
-Anything illustrated by N C Wyeth!
-To Kill and Mocking Bird by Harper Lee.
-Americana books by author/illustrator Eric Sloane. Start with "Diary of an Early American Boy"
-David McCullough. Start with "1776" before tackling some of his other tomes like "Truman", "John Adams" or "Path between the Seas".
It would be interesting (although it will never happen) if TLG released a CMF series of either famous authors or characters in their books. It might get kids more interested in reading some of the old-time classics. It's amazing what people are missing by not reading these brilliant and often multifaceted books.
That said, my lack of interest in HP didn't keep me from picking up HP Lego sets. Some themes are no-brainers, and the HP theme is one. Since Rowling is still alive and kicking, there is always the possibility of a 3rd Lego re-hash of various HP sets. Somehow I doubt LotR or The Hobbit will be re-hashed in my lifetime. So if rarity is any indication, I think LotR and Hobbit sets will ultimately do well...
Somewhat on point, my son is 9 and just read the entire Harry Potter series in about 6 weeks, never seen any of the movies, and he wants to start The Hobbit/LotR but our copies are in storage. I should let him set up his own Goodreads account. He has built several creations based on Hogwarts (and Redwall Abbey before that) and I think when he gets into Tolkien we'll MOC up some bookends like those we saw at BrickMagic in Charlotte.
I don't expect Orthanc to set any records (besides tallest set?) and there are surely better places to plant your cash, but I've already got a few for the long run, just not going deep.
We are a family of voracious readers, though....Even my lego, screen-loving kiddo.
As a result many sets did not sell well and do not do well in the aftermarket
The Hobbit movies were just fine and did justice to the book.
If we're talking franchises, those Harry Potter movies are just as poorly written as the Spy Kids, Twilight and Divergence movies. I'd rather watch an episode of Jake and the Neverland Pirates or Yo Gabba Gabba - atleast I would learn something. (Don't bite your friends!)
Good old stories tend to be passe because similar themes show up in contemporary stories. Age of Ultron wa the same idea as I, Robot, Terminator and Matrix, but that doesn't mean it's not entertaining.
Daredevil on Netflix is an absolute masterpiece, but would make an absolutely terrible film.
Personally, there are aspects of Peter Jackson's directing that really make the Hobbit tedious for me to watch. In LOTR:Return of the King, I found the entire ring scene just unbearable. I was ready to push Frodo in with the ring to just have the scene done already.
On the other hand I feel the HP movies very much represented the spirit of the books.
*shrug* Opinions vary.
(Good to hear that Daredevil is good, though. I've been wanting to watch it.)
I agree. I do think there are varied reasons the line was hard to conceptualize. In addition, I suspect they found it hard to determine exactly who they were marketing to. That can be a death knell for a product.
Nonetheless, we're not talking about a Prince of Persia situation here.