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23607Re: [mythsoc] CJRT interview/article in Le Monde

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  • David Bratman
    Dec 10, 2012
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      Unfortunately there is nowhere to turn one's head away _to_.  Unless one wishes to live in seclusion in rural France and not participate in e-mail lists.  Are you seriously suggesting that those distressed by the movies quit a Society (and its e-mail list) that is specifically devoted to Tolkien and his book, because the movie fans won't stop badgering us with their devotion even here?  The only other solution would be to ban discussion of the movie from the Society, which would be equally unfair, and impossible to enforce.

      But the suggestion that movie fans should enthuse all they like, anywhere they like, while those not so inclined shoul just shut up regardless of whether they're inclined to or not, is really rich.

      I've made my position clear already: I will stop criticizing the movies in their capacity as Tolkien adaptations when others stop praising them in their capacity as Tolkien adaptations, and not before.

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      From: John Davis
      Sent: Dec 10, 2012 1:39 AM
      To: mythsoc@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [mythsoc] CJRT interview/article in Le Monde


      Hi David,
      You missed out the final sentence of that quote, which seems sensible advice to those who dislike the films:
      "...There is only one solution for me: to turn my head away."
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      Sent: Saturday, December 08, 2012 4:12 PM
      Subject: [mythsoc] CJRT interview/article in Le Monde


      ' "Tolkien has become a monster, devoured by his own popularity and absorbed into the absurdity of our time," Christopher Tolkien observes sadly. "The chasm between the beauty and seriousness of the work, and what it has become, has overwhelmed me. The commercialization has reduced the aesthetic and philosophical impact of the creation to nothing." '


      David Emerson

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