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Saturday, April 15, 2006

Re:

I've begun reading the Lord of the Rings again. I just finished the Hobbit a week or so ago, and enjoyed it, of course. It had been about 5 years since I'd last read it. The trilogy, on the other hand, I read about the time "Two Towers" (the movie) came out. A couple of thoughts I've had as reading (and none of this is deep or witty)...

I am determined to read more of the trilogy. Let me explain. Last time I read it, I did what I do with most books: I skimmed the lengthy descriptions and moved on to the action. It's a bad habit, I realize, and Tolkien would be appropriately horrified at me for doing it, but that's what I do. I'm going to try not to do that this time. At least, not as much. But one of the reasons I enjoyed the Hobbit was that it didn't have the pages and pages of description that the trilogy has. I appreciated that. I also realize that was Tolkien's idea of a children's book. Not sure what that says about me.

My other thought was, of course, about the movies. About a year ago Aaron and I saw a trailer for a "Hobbit" movie. We were really excited at first, then as we watched it again (and a third time), we began to question the authenticity. Sure enough, it was a fake. Hats off to the person who actually took the time and energy to fake a movie trailer. I really don't understand why you spend your free time in that way, but you did a decent job. Having said all that, I'm not so sure that a "Hobbit" movie would be that good. Having just re-read the book, I think a "Hobbit" movie might feel anti-climactic after the trilogy. There's just not as much depth of story, or action...I don't know, it could be really good, but I think it might be a little disappointing.

And speaking of movies based on books, we watched "Pride & Prejudice" the other day, and really enjoyed it. I thought it was very well done. It made me want to read the book again. I wasn't sure if I HAD read the book (I get the 18th-century female-written books confused--Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, Pride & Prejudice. I know they're very different in tone and all, but I can rarely remember what happened under which title.) But several things were familiar, so I remembered this was one I'd read, and I was able to identify the title with the plot. I think I'd attributed several of the P&P happenings to "Jane Eyre". My apologies to the authors--it's been a while since high school. Does anyone have a copy of P&P I could borrow?

And speaking of high school (I'm on a roll here!), I got a message from my senior class officers that they're beginning to collect contact information in preparation for our 10-year reunion. It's sort of strange. And that's all I have to say on that subect.

Aaron and I are injury buddies. We discovered last night that we both have a cut on the knuckle of our right pinkie finger, and neither of us knows how it happened. And we individually discovered our injuries yesterday. Isn't that weird? I think that's weird. Even Aaron was mildly impressed with the weirdness.

And finally, Halle turned 7 yesterday, and we partied down. Here are some pics, courtesy of Mendy. Our camera is currently being ravaged by Canon, Inc. to see if they can fix it. Without discovering that it has water damage.


1 comment:

Roger said...

I love the cake. Too cute.