I started reading the Hobbit back in early 2012 and only managed to read 30%. I couldn't read anymore due to personal reasons. So having managed to fi...moreI started reading the Hobbit back in early 2012 and only managed to read 30%. I couldn't read anymore due to personal reasons. So having managed to finish the book is something of an achievement for me. I actually feel quite proud of myself.
The Hobbit starts out so good, the way Tolkien opens the story really pulls the reader in eager for more talk on Hobbits. Before long though it all went downhill for me which I can't understand why. It's not like the book isn't easy to read because it is and Tolkien uses illustrations and songs as well as descriptive writing in order to tell the story. I appreciate a bit of illustrations because it's always nice to look over the finer details of what the author is trying express through descriptive writing. As well as illustations there is also mythological creatures, treasure and a battle between good and evil but despite all of this I grew bored.
It's interesting to read Bilbo's journey, of how he obtained the ring and his adventures along the way. Bilbo's journey isn't as important as Frodo's or as dangerous but he does have his own important decisions to make and there is danger within the book. Bilbo's tale is more lighter than Frodo's because you can't carry the ring to it's final destination without something happening. I think this is why at times I got bored of reading it, because there wasn't much happening or maybe because it differed so much from the films as sadly I watched the first two films before reading the book.
Don't get me wrong I did enjoy some of the book like the chapter when Bilbo and the drawves are in the forest with the talking spiders. How creepy is that, talking spiders! It was also nice to read about the elves, I like the elves but more in the trilogy then in the Hobbit as they appear to be nicer.
I think if I had managed to read it before December 2012 then maybe I would have giving it a much higher rating but as it is I feel that three stars is more than enough. I think there are certian books that need to be read perhaps at an earlier age during childhood when dragons and treasure are something you perhaps look for within a book.
I'm glad I read it though because now I know what happened on Bilbo's journey and how he found the ring. It will be nice now to read the trilogy once again with Bilbo's journey fresh in my mind. Although having said that I don't intend to read it just yet because Tolkien's descriptive writing and epic battles put me off. It's certianly an easier read then the trilogy.(less)
I wasn't a fan of Harry Potter when it first came out. I hadn't read the book and yet I made judgements about it. It wasn't until i saw the first Harr...moreI wasn't a fan of Harry Potter when it first came out. I hadn't read the book and yet I made judgements about it. It wasn't until i saw the first Harry potter film that I actually got round to reading it. The book gripped me from the first chapter and wouldn't let me go. I can't believe I orginally waited so long to read the first book. J.K Rowling has an unique writing style which is easy to read as well as creating characters which the readers can relate to. I have read the rest of the series and love them as well. It's a shame the series is finished(less)