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21190Re: LotR films-related blog/book

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  • lynnmaudlin
    Apr 26, 2010
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      John, cool to realize that the JEEVES stories were written over 60 years! And Sara, I appreciate your very carefully phrased post!!! ;)

      -- Lynn --

      --- In mythsoc@yahoogroups.com, John Rateliff <sacnoth@...> wrote:
      > Hi Sara
      > Kristin is a longtime member of the University of Wisconsin Tolkien Society. I wdn't say she approves of the "commodification" so much as that she has made it her task to record how Tolkien became a mass-market phenomenon in the last decade through the films. Her book is probably the best account of the films and their making we're likely to get, and her blog continually updates its aftermath (work on the prequel, further projects by people involved on the original films, &c). So, a valuable resource for those interested in the films or in the craziness associated with them. Not relevant for discussion of Tolkien's works themselves -- but luckily there are plenty more good books that do that.
      > By the way, she's also the author of an excellent book on P. G. Wodehouse's JEEVES series, which she argues is the longest running literary series where a single author wrote about the same set of characters (first story: 1914; last story: 1974).
      > --JDR
      > On Apr 25, 2010, at 6:55 AM, saraciborski wrote:
      > > Hoping not to re-open the much-debated (often acrimoniously) topic of the worthiness of Peter Jackson's films....I pass on an online finding (time-waster?). In today's NY Times, an article on film critic David Bordwell has a link to his website, which in turn offers a link to a blog called The Frodo Franchise. This is run by Bordwell's partner, someone named Kristin Thompson, who in addition to her blog has written a book called The Frodo Franchise: The Lord of the Rings and Modern Hollywood (2007). It appears to be about--not the films as such--but their commodification of the book, which she judges a good thing, and their impact on the business of film-making, which is another good thing. Being neither pro-film nor pro-film's-effect-on-movie-making I am not recommending it. I post this just in case there's someone in our mythsoc circle who wants to keep up on these things and apologize if this book has already been noted here.
      > > jm
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