I have only very recently become a fan of something that’s considered a staple for geeks. (I won’t get into the reasons why I had never seen any of the movies nor read any of the books before now.)
Are you ready? Wait for it… I’m a new fan of the world of The Lord of the Rings!
What finally opened my eyes to the awesomeness of Tolkien? The new movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. I saw it and I enjoyed it, sure. Then, the theatre on base was shutting down and had a Customer Appreciation Day on their last day open. One of the free showings was this new The Hobbit. So, I saw it again… and was enthralled! My entire life I hadn’t been too excited about the fantasy genre (minus The Elder Scrolls and Fable video games, if they’re considered fantasy), but suddenly I was captivated. I wanted to be in this world with the Dwarves and this lovable Hobbit, and I wanted to know more.
A few nights later, I finally watched the first LOTR movie. I was thoroughly enjoying it until about two hours in. There had already been a few parts where I felt like the movie was soon to end, but at this point there was still a whole hour left! I bore through the rest of the movie, but knew this wasn’t going to ruin the story for me in the long run.
The following Saturday, I watched the other two. It was brilliant! I haven’t yet watched them again, but I have seen The Hobbit a few more times :o) (which is a bit ironic since Hubby owns the LOTR trilogy and The Hobbit is still in theatres).
About a week after I think I can say I truly became a fan, I found a book called “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Visual Companion.” I didn’t see a price, and I always sleep on purchase decisions, so I decided to wait until the next pay day to buy it. Before I left the store, I read the foreword by Martin Freeman. I found it so precious (no pun intended) and that’s when I realised that I wouldn’t change my mind about it. Still, I waited.
Less than a couple of weeks later, a family emergency sent me away from home for nine days. (I planned on buying the book the next day, but the trip took precedence.) The day after I returned, I did some shopping with friends, but since we didn’t go into that store I forgot about the book. Four days later (this past Tuesday), I went there and remembered. I went to the section of books — and it was gone. There wasn’t a single copy on the shelves. Oh, the disappointment!
So, I missed my chance at the movie companion, but I am reading The Hobbit. It brings joy to my heart and giggles to my face. I’m in love. n_n