Earlier today I was reading about the Tolkien Estate and how Christopher Tolkien won't allow the rights of the Hobbit to be sold so that Peter Jackson can make a movie based on the book. In my personal opinion, I think this is ridiculous and that Christopher might be taking things too far, as he's cut all ties with one of his brothers and his family just because his brother went to a premiere for one of the movies. All of this over a story. I wonder what his father would think about that behavior. Anyways, I'll get to the point. I know many people have read the books over and over and over again and are extreme fans. I myself was introducted to Tolkien through reading the Hobbit, which is one of my favorite books. I'm now reading The Fellowship of the Ring and plan to finish it this time (I've tried reading it before but stopped due to things taking up my time). I also plan to finish The Two Towers and The Return of the King before it comes out here in Japan in February. Before I say anything, let me tell you that reading the books is like a movie itself. I can't help but imagine every scene in detail as I read it and the books are on a level that no movie nor producer could ever replicate. I've never enjoyed reading fiction so much before. However, what bothers me is there seems to be an ongoing argument between hardcore fans of the book and fans of the movie. Why are people being so ignorant? Fans of the book are mad at PJ for cutting out certain scenes, telling things a little differently, etc. Old fans are mad at new fans for not being serious enough or philosophically evaluating everything that the books are about. Please. If you want to evaluate the books and debate on various topics, do so and enjoy it. Nobody's stopping you. If you like the movies because you think Legolas is hot, that's your thing. Why get mad at other people because of what they like? I doubt you'll change people's character by judging them or telling them they're not as big of a fan as you because they don't study all of the book's themes or read them 5 times a year. Because of the movies more and more fans are being introduced to Tolkien everyday, and I hardly see that as a bad thing. If someone can read the books and experience something even close to what I have, I don't see why it matters how they were introduced to the books. All that matters is that they were, and I thank Peter Jackson for giving me more fans to talk to and making Lord of the Rings something that everyone can relate to. Because of the movies, Lord of the Rings is socially acceptable now even moreso than it was before. Face it, before the movies came out you hardly heard about LotR outside of Dungeon and Dragons circles. If you look at the facts and logic, making a movie out of the Lord of the Rings trilogy that includes every little detail to make all the hardcore fans happy would probably be one of the most boring movie experiences of all time. If you want a movie with all of the details, every character, history, and scene included then please read the following lines very carefully: Make. Your. Own. Movie. That's all that has to be said to those hardcore fans that can't be satisfied. As for me, I'm a fan of the books as well as the movies. In fact, I LOVE the movies. I know that Peter Jackson worked as hard as he could to make the movie as close to the books as possible in a way that would be accepted widely by people and still keep the movies enjoyable. He has made three movies that run at least 3 hours long, and they are so good, to me at least, that at the end I want more. I'm not a fan on the level of extremeness as some people but I'm getting there. I'd like to think of myself as a big fan even though I haven't read every history of middle earth or book published by Tolkien. As for the movies, I understand that PJ had to make certain changes and it doesn't bother me at all. Any movie director that can do what Peter Jackson did with the Lord of the Rings DESERVES respect and has earned it, whether you want to give it to him or not. Not only for his consideration to the fans, but for all of the hard work, blood and sweat that he put into creating these movies. I'm pretty sure that almost all of the complainers could never make something hardly as close to what PJ has done in their entire lifetime. Give the man some respect and stop the stupid arguments.