Re: [mythsoc] Digest Number 1813
- Quoting John Ratelife:
><Ted Sherman wrote>David Bratman wrote:
>did not enjoy the books. Too much description, too little
>action, too slow, not interesting, boring, etc..--
>I heard comments like those from my fellow students on just about every work
>of literature I was assigned at a college level. Enthusiasm for mandatory
>reading can be pretty thin on the ground; I wouldn't take it too seriously.
Did Ted get those reactions in such quantity BEFORE the Age of Jackson?
Oh, sure, you always have some who don't want to read period, but usually in
a fantasy course (and students can choose among many courses--my fantasy
lit, southern lit, detective fiction, sci-fi, etc.) students are already
readers (of sorts at least) who are able to tackle lengthy works full of
description. So, my answer to David is, no, before Jackson the majority of
the students had read Tolkien; and usually those who didn't had read someone
like Jordan, Donaldson, Brooks, etc., and when they discovered Tolkien it
was like the light coming on upstairs (for most of them, not all).
My experience is simply that overall PJ's films have not done Tolkien any
real favors in terms of new, appreciative readers. I know there are some,
but I think they're the minority.
Dr. Ted Sherman, Editor
Mythlore: A Journal of J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and
Professor, Department of English
Box 041, Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
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> Did Ted get those reactions in such quantity BEFORE the Age of Jackson?