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message 1: by Aleeeeeza (new)

Aleeeeeza this trilogy bores me to death as well :| i think ill just skip to the movies...they seem more entertatining, at least.

message 2: by Emily May (new)

Emily May I haven't seen the movies but I have seen their running time :O I really hope they're better than the books!

message 3: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana I love the movies, so does my husband. We both dropped the 1st book right around the time Tom Bombadil started singing.

message 4: by Susan (new)

Susan Haven't read the books but have heard they are "ehhhhh" - the movies at least have really good CG and amazing sights - like the ELVES ! LOL

message 5: by Emily May (new)

Emily May I'm going to have to check out the movies... I've been put off by the books so I never bothered watching them :/

message 6: by Aleeeeeza (new)

Aleeeeeza Emily wrote: "I haven't seen the movies but I have seen their running time :O I really hope they're better than the books!"

i own all three movies and every time i make a plan to watch them the duration of them sort of makes me just opt for another movie. the first one is three hours and counting...:O

message 7: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana In my house we set up a week long event to watch them all. I can only do about half a movie at a time:)

message 8: by Aleeeeeza (new)

Aleeeeeza Tatiana wrote: "In my house we set up a week long event to watch them all. I can only do about half a movie at a time:)"

that's what me and my sister have planned...LOL :D

message 9: by Erika (new)

Erika lol, I'm trying to motivate myself to read this book after struggling for almost 4 months with "The Fellowship of The Ring". I bought the 3 books before reading them... not a good choice, it seems...

message 10: by Thalia (new)

Thalia I'm jumping on this conversation late, and while I love Lord of the Rings, I think the movies are more engaging than the books. I saw them when they first came out in 2001, and I was only about six then, hahah. Although if you're going to watch them, you definitely need to watch the extended versions--the cut ones are just too dry and don't show the story that needs to be shown. It's worth it if you're willing to give the time. I've had marathons where I get some friends together and we dedicate thirteen hours to watch all of them at once, but try watching one a day and see what happens. I don't think you'll regret it, as they go MUCH faster than the books and it's easier to like the characters. (:

message 11: by Usagi77777772003 (last edited Jan 31, 2013 05:29PM) (new)

Usagi77777772003 Chi Lol, I had to get thru this whole trilogy in one night since I picked it for summer reading back in high school and put it off to the last minute. BIGGEST MISTAKE EVER...it was agony just to get through the first few chapters as I remember very well the author dedicating pages and pages describing the ornaments on a door. Nonetheless, I sludged thru 2 books and partly the 3rd before going to sleep -it was pure torture as his writing couldn't engage me and I found most of his characters very flat (really wasn't able to become attached to anyone).

I love love the movies, esp. the first one since all the characters were working together towards a common goal and I just dug their dynamics. I also highly respect Tolkien for redefining the fantasy genre, but his writing just doesn't do it for me.

message 12: by Emily May (new)

Emily May I honestly don't know how you did it O.O Tolkien just seems to drag out everything for no reason and it makes his books incredibly slow. I agree, he was obviously a talented writer but it's not a style I enjoy either :/

message 13: by Usagi77777772003 (last edited Mar 03, 2014 02:10PM) (new)

Usagi77777772003 Chi Me neither, lol. Everything that happened is just a blur to me minus some key events -to me, all the characters were just going from a to b to c and so on. I never became immersed.

message 14: by Shanu (new)

Shanu I'm usually not into fantasy (except the harry potter serie) but i seem to be obsessed by these books so far. It's more in the adventure genre to me, as a quest with multiple steps. There is awesome characters from very different backgrounds. Some wishes for good, some for bad things to happen. And there is so many wonderful places very well painted by the author and each one has its own history, its own ambiance and its main character (the ents in the forest, the balrog in the moria, ...). And it's all about honor, friendship, courage, devotion. And even though there are hard times, it mostly ends well. It's a book that makes you feel good and i'm having a fun time reading it! :D (this is my personal feeling while reading, i'm not pushing you to feel the same way or blaming you for not liking it or anything like that)

message 15: by Dennis (new)

Dennis @Emily, have you seen the movies yet??

message 16: by Emily May (new)

Emily May I've seen the first two. I like them but I'd prefer them a bit shorter :)

message 17: by Liz (new)

Liz I find this so amusing because I own the extended editions of the lord of the rings and I still wish they were longer, to include more scenes. :') I can understand why people don't enjoy the books and films because they are put off by the length and complexity, but I'm in love with the world Tolkien created; even just listening to the film soundtrack makes me emotional.

message 18: by Douglas (last edited May 01, 2014 11:17PM) (new)

Douglas Larson Its difficult to comment on what you may be missing in the Lord of the Rings trilogy but one thing I have found for myself is that sometimes books speak to me at a given point in my life where they didn't at another point. Where I am in my life, what's happening, what I hope for or yearn for, affect how a given story will speak to me or not. I can't explain it much more than that and of course I don't know if that is the case for you in regard to these books but I offer it as one possible explanation.

message 19: by Emily May (new)

Emily May Thanks, Douglas. I completely understand what you mean and I have definitely read books that no one else seems to like but they just felt so right for me in that moment. I don't know if there will ever be a right time for me and Lord of the Rings, but I won't disregard the idea :)

message 20: by Hazel (new)

Hazel Mier Emily, please! You re-read it, looking for something, anything you missed. I'll tell you, you missed the MAGIC! Please respond!

message 21: by Irene (new)

Irene You are obviously simply not used to the thrill of books. Anyone who considers this book 'boring' simply dislikes reading. Everyone who has read this book tells me it was amazing. I know it's your opinion and all but honestly? I don't know how it's possible for someone to not understand The Hobbit. It was intended for children!

message 22: by Emily May (new)

Emily May I never said I didn't understand The Hobbit...

And I LOVE reading, just not this book.

message 23: by Svetlana (new)

Svetlana I may sound kind of rude, but I can't believe it takes some people so long to read these! I'm thirteen, and the entire book (as in all three "books") took me about four weeks.

message 24: by Category Is: Book Review Realness! (last edited Nov 26, 2014 06:06PM) (new)

Category Is: Book Review Realness! Uh...i really feel the same way you do,except i don't hate it,not exactly. I simply think these books are extremely overrated,but still deserve prize for the world-building. But god,it's so boring sometimes.

message 25: by Usagi77777772003 (new)

Usagi77777772003 Chi I admire the majority who became captivated by this series, but I'm in the minority. It has nothing to do with the content and everything to do with the writing, which failed to draw me in. With books I love, the writing itself draws me in and makes me forget I'm actually reading. Instead, I'm living and breathing the book world. But with LOTRs, I was forever the outsider, desperately trying to get in, but unable to for some unfathomable reason. Tolkien's writing couldn't engage me, couldn't seduce me into its book realm -I found it really long-winded and boring.

This is just my opinion and again, I wish I got the magic of this series like the majority of the population, but sadly I didn't. I'll never forget my night of torture trying to read all 3 books in one go. It's not the difficulty of the writing either, as I stayed up all night reading Pride and Prejudice a year later at age 16 and absolutely loved it.

I guess Tolkien's style of writing just isn't agreeable to me.

message 26: by Category Is: Book Review Realness! (last edited Nov 26, 2014 06:08PM) (new)

Category Is: Book Review Realness! I hate when people give low rating to books and fans of the book come say they "didn't understand it" .

If someone does not like a book,they did not like the book. It's simple as that. Acting like you are somehow superior for liking it will not make them like it more.

Anne♡loves♡romance Watch the movie, it's SO MUCH better!

Category Is: Book Review Realness! Anne♡loves♡romance wrote: "Watch the movie, it's SO MUCH better!"


message 29: by Matthew (new)

Matthew Wong I understand your opinion, however I simply love Tolkien's stories and have read every sing piece of his middle earth stories. You need to look toward the fellowship, the love and the heartbreak. It is a very mature read but most certainly pays off. You will probably find "The children of Huron more interesting because it's action is more close together and has much more drama to it. You just have to skip the first part where it's just genealogy.

message 30: by Robin (new)

Robin I understand where you are coming from. I'ts not an easy story and every character, every city, every rock ( it seems) has a side story or terminology that you don know shhh about.

You see, these books were created for his son.
I't is not just a book, it is an entire world created for his son, with actual languages that you can learn, history behind everything he wrote with dates and all, a legacy, something that would last forever, something that had an answer for everything, out of love.

I guess it's not for everyone to understand, but back in the days where people thought sitting in front of a radio with friends listening to stories was a blast, this was epic.
They would go to bars and discuss elvish matters,debate things, even debate in one of the 2 elvish languages and argue what the correct pronunciation would be.

There is just so much information, that a person that opens the book and expects it to be a straightforward thrilling story, is going to be horrified and bored to death.

The movies are pretty amazing, yes they are long, but just think of how much they were able to put into 3 hours ( per movie) I can really see the love that this man had for his son on screen, such a detailed world, just for him.

It's not for everyone, people that argue against it and say you don't understand it don't understand that not everyone has to like the same colors.

message 31: by Greg (new)

Greg Hello! Pardon me for jumping in late here, but if you are serious about your claims then clearly you are not ready to read the works of a masterpiece. Not being critical of you (well I don't mean to be) so if that us offensive then i apologise in advance.

Put the book down and try it again in six months. Or six years.

When the time is right, it will change your life. :-)

message 32: by Robin (new)

Robin I say bullsh#t , the woman knows how to read...clearly. People need to start accepting that a book they might like love or even adore, is not for everyone....It is an opinion, maybe you are nor ready to accept other peoples opinion...come back in six month, or six years.

message 33: by Category Is: Book Review Realness! (last edited Dec 29, 2014 08:48AM) (new)

Category Is: Book Review Realness! Greggorio! wrote: "Hello! Pardon me for jumping in late here, but if you are serious about your claims then clearly you are not ready to read the works of a masterpiece. Not being critical of you (well I don't mean..."

Who are you and who do you think you are? . She didn't like it,and it's her right. Emily read War and Peace and I know that she didn't have any problems understanding that book. She didn't read The Two Towers wrong,she disliked it. IT'S HER RIGHT. Now please take your condescending ass out of here,sir.

message 34: by Matthew (new)

Matthew Wong Calm down spam monkey...

message 35: by Matthew (new)

Matthew Wong Woah, why is it duplicating comments xD

message 36: by Greg (new)

Greg To THE LADY INQUISITOR... All i can say to your response is that clearly YOU are not ready for Tolkien, either. Maybe if i need to remove my "condescending ass" from the area then maybe you need to remove your poorly worded responses. If i was being condescending then i would not have apologised "just in case" in my initial comment. Did you read that part?

The fact remains that lotr is one of the greatest works of literature in the history of humanity and someone who awards it one star needs to either read it again or, like i said, put it own and pick it up later.

message 37: by Greg (new)

Greg Well said, MATTHEW.

Category Is: Book Review Realness! First of all,English is not my native language. Second,I am very proud of my English,and you can suck it up if you think otherwise. I also learned to respect the opinion of my fellow readers,an ability that you obviously don't have. Do you even understand what a review is? . If I am not read to read Tolkien,you are not read to be on Goodreads. Because,guess what,you need to accept that not everyone will see a book in the same way to be here. Why don't you use all that spare time you obviously have to understand what "free thinking" means?

message 39: by Category Is: Book Review Realness! (last edited Dec 29, 2014 03:27PM) (new)

Category Is: Book Review Realness! You know what? I'm not starting drama here in Emily's review. This is disrespectful to both her and the users who will see the updates on their pages. If you wanna continue this "discussion" send me a PM.

message 40: by Greg (new)

Greg Eeek!

message 41: by Greg (new)


For the record it was you who started the negative correspondence aimed at my presence here at goodreads. It was you who told me to "remove my condescending ass". Apparently you also seem to believe that i don't know what a review is. And according to you, i have "plenty of free time" to research what free thinking means, if you only knew how wrong those claims are and how ignorant that makes you look you would withdraw them immediately.

Unless i am grossly mistaken, this website is meant to be a safe, secure meeting place for booklovers to discuss works of literature. It is not meant to be a haven for people to throw abuse at others that are new, or those that post comments that you either don't like or that you fail to understand.

The person in question who started this discussion awarded LOTR one star out of five. Anyone who reads fantasy and recognises greatness in the written word WOULD FIND THAT ALMOST SACRILEGIOUS. Many readers consider Mr Tolkien to be a God and you would have to supply very strong arguments in order to justify such a rating. AT NO STAGE did i say that the person in question could not read. OF COURSE SHE CAN READ. All i said was that she possibly is not ready to read and enjoy (and therefore appreciate) the works of one of the greatest minds in the history of English literature.

And then you went off.

I am not disrespecting this forum or this person's review. I am simply defending myself against what appears to be unfair and inappropriate and unjustified abuse aimed at my goodreads persona.

I ask therefore that you cease this and please be advised that i have no intention of contacting you further via a "PM" (whatever that is).

message 42: by Robin (new)

Robin I have never wanted an ignore button this bad in my life.

message 43: by Greg (new)

Greg Me too.

message 44: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer “Some who have read the book, or at any rate have reviewed it, have found it boring, absurd, or contemptible, and I have no cause to complain, since I have similar opinions of their works, or of the kinds of writing that they evidently prefer.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

message 45: by Greg (new)

Greg *grins*

message 46: by Emily May (new)

Emily May Jennifer wrote: "“Some who have read the book, or at any rate have reviewed it, have found it boring, absurd, or contemptible, and I have no cause to complain, since I have similar opinions of their works, or of th..."

I love authors who recognize that we all have different opinions and just shrug their shoulders at criticism. Bravo to Tolkien for that.

message 47: by Aastha (new)

Aastha Dhuppad They bore me to death as well. I can only read like ten to fifteen pages at a time. Even the movie i had to watch in parts. I couldnt bear watching the whole movie in one go.

message 48: by Aastha (new)

Aastha Dhuppad I like them but its just that they get so boring some times.

Category Is: Book Review Realness! I wouldn't try to argue with those people if I were you,you are simply feeding the trolls. Emily is not answering them herself.

message 50: by William (new)

William Lord of the rings is very deep and a hard read, it feels kind of boring after you read a candy book like Harry Potter, so maybe you should work up to it reading harder and harder books? I am just gonna say if you don't read it you are missing out on a lot.

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