At 06:36 AM 3/2/2005 +0000, Michael Martinez wrote:
>David, you express concern about this group being invaded by movie
>people, but frankly the majority (if not all) of the discussion I
>find here regarding the movie is from people who aren't very strongly
>influenced by it.
That's because the invasion hasn't happened here yet. [And by "here" I
meant "The Mythopoeic Society" more than "the MythSoc Yahoo Groups list."]
It's already visible in Tolkien scholarship, as Janet Croft has reported,
and it's more than that in the classroom, as Beth Russell and others have
reported. I'm trying to head 'em off at the pass.
>We could mine Tolkien, too, much more effectively than many other
>20th century authors' works have been mined.
If Tolkien were being reguarly mined, as your stirring final two paragraphs
envisage, it would be in a way less bad (though it would be a
shudder-inducing reality for other reasons). This is because what most
concerns me about Jackson is that his work is being taken for Tolkien's.
Were there anti-Jacksons making their own very different films all the
time, this confusion would be less likely to happen.