Re: [mythsoc] The Lord of the Rings wins Tournament of Novels
>I write about the Tournament, with links and the full list of competing novels at my blog:I posted the following comment in Jason's blog:
Your wife's observation* begs the causality question: Does LOTR beat out other novels because of its "fanboys ... scribbling away obsessively on blogs and discussion groups," or is there a huge Tolkien fandom because the novel really is so great? In other words, is there a reason there aren't as many obsessive Twain or Melville fans, and does that reason have bearing on the intrinsic quality of their works?
* "I think my wife has a good point that the novel largely owes its impressive showing in surveys of this sort to the cult of Tolkien."
A better way to Internet
- your blogging software isn't taking comments (fie!) - not unless your comments are moderated AND there's no message to that effect?
Anyway, I wrote:
Okay, for the THIRD time (annoying blogging software, we hates it, we hates it forever!!): I expect Twain had his 'fan-boys' at the time; he was very popular, after all. And I wouldn't be surprised if it was 50 years or so before his work was viewed as "literature."
What's different now is the level of inter-connectivity; starting with the invention of xerography and inexpensive postage one could write a fanzine and find other like-minded souls. This also enabled many special-interest organizations to flourish, such as the Mythopoeic Society. And now, of course, we have the InterWebs and Ungoliant...
-- Lynn --
--- In email@example.com, Jason Fisher <visualweasel@...> wrote:
> The blog, "First Thoughts", has just concluded a March Madness-style Tournament of Novels, in which Tolkien's Lord of the Rings defeated 63 challengers to rule supreme in yet another survey. I write about the Tournament, with links and the full list of competing novels at my blog: