Brewed Thoughts: BTT: Disappointment

Saturday, July 3, 2010

BTT: Disappointment

Name a book or author that you truly wanted to love but left you disappointed. (And, of course, explain why.)

I've never been a big fan of the Lord of the Rings books by Tolkien. The movies, yes. Books, hell no.

I tried reading The Hobbit, but I got epically bored after a few pages in Chapter 1. Perhaps I found Tolkien's wavelength totally different from mine, or I'm just probably stupid. I dunno...the way he described Middle Earth was just too detailed that I found my brain sleeping half the time I was reading.

I guess the Tolkien brand of fantasy just isn't my kind of fantasy.


  1. When your link said "surprised with my answer", I had to check it out ;)

    I guess it's true that your answer is a bit against the grain! However, I'm sure many people also think like that, but simply aren't saying it - what you mention is true: it's a VERY dense book (or I should say books!) I personally liked (loved!) them, but I can absolutely see how it may not be everyone's cup of tea.

    Thankfully, Peter Jackson did an amazing job with the movie adaptation - which hardly feels like an adaptation at all - so more people can enjoy the stories and the world Tolkien created.

    Just a quick question: you mention you started reading "The Hobbit", but you don't mention if you started the Lord of Ring trilogy proper or not. Just asking, because the writing style between the two is radically different: Tolkien initially wrote "The Hobbit" as a children's novel, and later on took that as the background story to extrapolate for Lord of the Ring, which is intended to adult readers.


  2. Hi Joe,

    Now that you mentioned that The Hobbit was meant to be a children's novel, I'm kinda confuzzled as to the depth of writing Tolkien had. I have to admit that after reading a few pages of The Hobbit, I steered clear of reading the trilogy in the thought that I'll be reading the same, over-detailed descriptions that would bore me to tears. I'm glad that Jackson did a good adaptation for the non-readers to enjoy. I don't think I'll be picking up an LOTR book soon, but I appreciate your thoughts. :) Perhaps in the near future I might look it up. :D