Werner's review of The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3)
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Feb 02, 2011 11:53PM
is it worth reading if you've already watched the movie ?
(last edited Mar 22, 2013 06:34AM)
Feb 03, 2011 06:24AM
Emily, good question, but it doesn't have a simple answer, because it depends on the person. If you read/ watch movies mainly for plot, most of the main threads of the plot here are covered in the movies; the books do add some details (and differ in a few details from the film version), but they aren't major. My wife is a reader/viewer like this; she saw the
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
movie first, and when she tried to read the book later, she didn't finish because she felt it didn't add anything (to the storyline). I could see someone having a similar reaction to the LOTR books.
If, however, you're into an appreciation of the differences in the literary and cinematic art forms, and you particularly value all of the added depth of character development, world-building (Tolkien's is breathtakingly detailed), verbal description, etc. that can be put into a written, but not a film, version, and if you just like to savor written prose for the effect of it, I'd say yes, the books ARE worth reading even if you've seen the movies. I'm in that category myself; I'd actually read the books (twice) before seeing the movies, but if it had been the other way around, I'd still have enjoyed the books. (Of course, I always get a kick out of comparing book/film versions of works I like, in either order that I experience them!)
Hope that helps clarify the question (instead of muddy it!).
Mar 22, 2013 04:57AM
Werner couldn't have told it better, Emily, but I wouldn't doubt with this particular book (although I admit I fit into the second group of people who have great fun comparing book/film versions...).
Talking about movie adaptations, this was masterfully done, I think it's one of the best epic&fantasy movies I have ever seen!
on the screens today in Barcelona!
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