16694Re: [mythsoc] tolkien studies review of tolkien on film
- Jun 13, 2006From: "saraciborski" <saraciborski@...>
>I was somewhat taken aback by the rather negative review, just readUh, isn't Tolkien's entire audience modern? After all, it's not exactly
> yesterday, of "Tolkien on Film" in the new Tolkien Studies vol.3. The
> reviewer, Kristin Thompson, is especially critical of Bratman and Croft
> for allegedly failing to understand the critical importance (financial,
> that is) of making the films appeal to modern audiences--this being the
> rationale for most of Jackson's changes in character and plot. On this
> point (of several that I would argue with) she makes the unquestioned,
> unstated assumption that the films would NOT have appealed to modern
> audiences had the characters had the heroic stature intended and
> portrayed by Tolkien. We'll never know.
16th century literature.
I suppose we're supposed to read "modern" as "under 25 years of age" or
something like that. And yeah, true heroes are definitely passe. Let's
turn them into shallow, immature jerks -- the target audience.
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