This month’s Calendar Girls Theme is Drive-in Movie: Best Book Adaptation. Thanks to Adrienne @ Darque Dreamer Reads for hosting.
I’m not really feeling this today, guys. Normally I could go on and on about movie adaptations, and what makes one good or bad. I could list my favorites and what makes them amazing. I could talk about why it’s so important to see them as separate and not compare them. I could talk about favorite adaptations from other genres, like musicals and TV and opera. But not today.
Today I’m having a hard time not feeling guilty for doing something as pointless as writing a blog post about books.
So you’re getting the short version. Maybe another time I can write more.
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
It’s no secret that The Lord of the Rings is one of my all-time favorite books. And the movie trilogy came at just the right point in my life when I was impressionable enough to become full-on obsessed. But it *really* holds up. My husband and I have watched it again in these last few months, and other than a few special effects shots in the first movie, everything is just as good as I remembered it. I think there’s a couple reasons:
- The detail and precision that went into each and every prop, costume, and set
- The love the entire crew had for Tolkien and his work
- Respect the writing team had for Tolkien’s words
- Changes were made for good reasons, and with an effort to keep the spirit of the book present
- Practical effects
- AMAZING acting, directing, writing, editing, and all the other things it won awards for
Probably more, but like I said, you’re getting the short version. Instead I’m going to leave you with a quote, not from Tolkien, but from the screenwriting team (probably Fran Walsh):
It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something. … That there is some good in this world. And it’s worth fighting for.