Adam H wrote:Calling you insanely fanatic was a very poor choice of words,
Ah, glad you we got that out of the way, now we can-
Adam H wrote:but your blind love of LOTR is irrational.
Oh. One step forward, two steps back. Do you have any criticisms of my disliking the adaptions other than insulting me? I'm not insulting your position, and I'd greatly appreciate it if you treated me with the same respect. None of this has to do with "blind love" of the story.
Adam H wrote:Tolkien didn't write the perfect story. The LOTR movies are probably the most faithful successful book adaptations ever made, and your only argument could be that adaptations should never be done because you can never capture exactly the same story in two different mediums.
Of course he didn't write the perfect story, no one will ever write the perfect story. That doesn't change that if the studio didn't like the story they were working with, they should use their own. If they thought his story wasn't epic enough, or didn't contain enough drama, or the characters were too complex (and really, they weren't particularly complex to begin with, and the movies just reduced it even more) or anything else- then that means the story doesn't fit their purposes for anything besides "we want to make a lot of money". Now, of course they're going to want to make money, every company and person does to some extent, but I still reserve the right to be disappointed when that drive for money matters more than properly representing a story.
As for adaptions, I'm pretty sure Sin City was lauded quite heavily for its faithfulness to the source material. Of course, that should be of little surprise since the author was involved in it. The LOTR movies aren't the most faithful adaption of a written story to a movie.
Adam H wrote:Tolkien LOTRized the hobbit in the sense that he took out inconsistencies; he did not rewrite the entire book. The moviemakers DID rewrite the hobbit for the screen and I for one hope they included scenes that tolkien chose not to.
Again, if they don't like what they're working with, why are they working with it at all? The Hobbit is a self contained story, it's meant to be a self contained story, and the only reason it was LOTR'ized was to serve as some nice backstory. It doesn't need them to add in things completely unrelated to its story.