Two Trilogies are Better Than One

This week we’re talking movie adaptions. There have been movies that I could not get into because I had read the book. The book was so good but the movie fell short. Things were so altered that it didn’t even seem like the screenwriter had read the book! There are several movies that I enjoy where I enjoy the book as well.

I’m really looking forward to watching the new Little Women movie within the next few weeks. The book is one of my favorites. I have heard wonderful things about this newest adaption.

I think of all the movies that I have watched that were based on books that my favorite is probably the Hobbit trilogy and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. These books are the amazing and the movies are just as great! Peter Jackson did a fantastic job directing these movies. The characters and stories were really brought to life. Yes there were some things added that were not in the books but they did not take away from the storyline at all, it only enhanced the movies. I can enjoy the books or the movies when it comes to The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

Do you have a favorite adaption?

About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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10 Responses to Two Trilogies are Better Than One

  1. Angela, I am in 100% agreement with you regarding the Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings movies and books. They can be enjoyed separately. You’re right about the additions, including the new characters, that Peter Jackson added to the tales. They made the movies that much more enjoyable. Some of the scenes that were omitted for the sake of movie length didn’t bother me either. I can read about those in the books. 🙂

    If J.R.R. Tolkien were alive today and viewed them, I honestly believe he would probably have said something like, “Now why didn’t I think of that.” LOL The man was a genius in his own right, and I believe he would have recognized genius in Mr. Jackson as well.

    The new adaptation of Little Women is one I also am looking forward to. When it comes to movies based on books I love, I’m always looking forward to them. Two other favorites of mine are Pride and Prejudice (the one with Elizabeth Ehle and Colin First, not the one with Kiera Knightly, which I felt needed a lot more research into the proper actions of a young woman at that time and age), and Sense and Sensability with Emma Thompson. Both done extremely well.

    By the way, we just finished watching The Hobbit and are about to start on The Lord of the Rings. We do this every year during the month of December (when they were all originally introduced), taking about two hours each night to relax and enjoy the story. Yes, I think of it as one story. Mr. Tolkien originally wrote The Lord of the Rings as one book.

    Almost forgot to mention Jane Eyre. Another favorite movie from the book. Too bad more GOOD books haven’t been made into GOOD movies with all the research needed to make them so.

    Happy viewing, Angela. And Happy New Year, too. 🙂

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  3. I have to say that I did not know what all the hubbub was about over the changes that Peter Jackson made in the LOTR trilogy…untilI read the books. DON’T GET ME WRONG; I ADORE THE MOVIES. I wish that there had been even more to get all of the storyline in, but the general population is fickle and have short attention spans. Sometimes, however, Jackson changed things for the sake of change, (which adapters DO; it’s what they do to make it their own). That having been said, the movies are wonderful and have gotten more people to know the stories and the books read than ever would have happened otherwise.(Same wth the Hobbits, although they were not done as well.)
    Happy New Year, Angie!

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    • I think The Hobbit was done just as well as The Lord of the Rings. It’a different movie, and some things we done extremely well. Mr. Jackson had more experience with the new techniques in special effects by the time he made The Hobbit. Anytime I feel like I’m right there in the action, and it produces the same emotions that the characters are experiencing, that’s good directing, screen play writing, and acting, as far as I’m concerned.

      From what I understand, after going over the special features time and again, the changes made in the story were done not because Peter Jackson could do it, but because some things did not play well in a movie whereas they were fine in the book. These two books are Mr. Jackson’s favorite books, and he said he took great pains to do the movies right. He explains a lot of things in those special features. It all made sense to me.

      I love both trilogies equally and have watched them and the features more than a dozen times now. Not sure how many times I’ve read the books anymore. Can’t say that about more than a couple other movies or books. 🙂


  4. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I’ve heard good things about all those movies. Maybe someday I’ll be able to sit down long enough to watch them!

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  5. Jeff Salter says:

    this comment really stands out: “Things were so altered that it didn’t even seem like the screenwriter had read the book!”
    This is exactly how I felt about MOST of the James Bond movies. Other than the first 3 (or so) films, none of the others used anything from the actual novels, except the title and main characters.
    Having read all those JB novels, I was quite distressed to see how they’d stolen the character name and book title and then just gone haywire in the worst of Hollywood tradition.

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  6. Elaine Cantrell says:

    I want to see the new Little Women too.


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