Re: [mythsoc]Paradise Lost'n'Found
- David Bratman wrote:
> Bonnie -
> You wrote,
> >I hope that there are hidden gems in the crowd that has
> >come to know JRRT only through the movies, and I would tell them, "The
> >movies may/may not have merit but Tolkien didn't write them, much of the
> >of the whole world was by necessity edited out, (or worse), BUT-- they
> >should be
> >seen as a pathway, not a destination. Now, come hither! Find out what this
> >literature is truly all about!"
> That's good. I like it, because it makes clear what we're doing and on
> what basis we're inviting them.
> Whenever I join an existing group, I expect to play by their rules. If I
> can't accept their rules, I'll leave. But if I can, I may learn something.
> In the MythSoc, for instance, I learned about Lewis and Williams about
> whom I'd previously known virtually nothing.
> Not all people are like that, though, and what makes me nervous are the
> people who attribute Jacksonian characteristics to Tolkien's plot and
> characters, apparently because they read the movie and the book on a single
> template. They're apt to become stroppy if told that no, Tolkien's Aragorn
> does not fear Isildur's tainted blood, and I fear having too many folks
> like that around.
> And many of us like Jackson too, and he's apt to become a permanent part of
> the local mental landscape. This is apt to make Jackson-prone newcomers
> think that he's on a level with Tolkien in our minds. This, above all, is
> what makes my teeth ache. I can only hope Jackson fades away after a
> while, as Bakshi did (lot of fuss over that for a couple years, though few
> liked it much), or as the Society's pretty intense Star Wars fandom did
> (another movie trilogy that was fun to watch but had little intellectual heft).
> - David Bratman
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Let's just do the best we can. I understand what you're saying about the media
images predominating in the collective imagination. I have no desire to
create my Tolkien art using those characters. I still prefer my inner view
Here's to the future of sharing the special stuff we Mythopoeics do!