Discussion in 'General Books' started by Harlequin, Apr 1, 2008.
Amazing really, just shows how many of us have read the same titles
When I was very young, my parents rented "The Hobbit" cartoon that Warner Bros. and it stuck with me, but I was so young that I later couldn't remember much about it. But in 7th grade we read The Hobbit as a class and it all came back to me.
But honestly what really got me into fantasy was finding an old copy of Sword of Shannara in my grandmother's attic. I enjoyed the Hobbit and LotR, but reading the Sword of Shannara is really what made me open my eyes and see that there were other fantasy authors besides Tolkien. That's when I really started hitting the library and expanding my fantasy world.
I don't think it was really a book, but a movie. the old Hobbit animated film and the LotR animated film I think really got me interested, then probably the Harry Potter series were the first 'fantasy' series I read, and now my bookshelf is crammed full of fantasy books.
sorry it's a bit crooked but my kindle only has a selfie camera so taking pics of something in front of me is a bit of a challenge
Ah Risk - now there's a game & a whole bunch of memories !!
yea unfortunately I always end up getting destroyed because my tactics never work and then I try to hold onto every scrap of territory I have left while I watch it slowly get smaller. I wish I could play it more often but no one else really plays it on a whim.
Start with Australia, attack only when your defending has virtually obliterated the attacker - the defender has the upper hand and then take America.
Again defend like crazy until the attacker has again been virtually obliterated and invade again - etc etc.
ok, I have the LotR one so where should I start on that one?
Ok, that is a crazy coincidence. I just saw this thread and was going to post the exact same thing. My parents took me to go see The Hobbit and LotR animated movies and I was hooked. I immediately found The Hobbit and read it and then looked at LotR and almost fainted. I was quite young and did not read it until much later because it looked way too long! Lol!
I think the first time I read LotR, it took me 3-4 years to get through the whole thing. I got it one volume for Christmas when the first live action movie was in cinema. last time I read it, it took me 4 months, so I think I'm getting faster at reading, which is good because a lot of the anime I watch is Japanese with English subtitles.
@Midnattblod...you are definitely getting faster!
I have a couple books I want to read but then I think I may delve back into LotR. I haven't read it in ages!
sadly I'm letting a friend borrow my reading copy of LotR, and I don't even think she's started it yet. I have another copy, but it's so cool I don't want to open it too often cause it's the 50th anniversary edition. it's so awesome just sayin
actually if you look at the picture I posted earlier in this here thread it's the book between my drinking horn and the bottle of English ale (Wychwood Scarecrow Golden Pale Ale to be exact). it's kinda blurry but I love that I own it.
I read the Hobbit when I was 7 and Lord of The Rings when I was 11.
Still very much addicted today - I still wander off track and read other stuff, however always end up back in the fantasy genre in the end
The Lord of the Rings. I first read it as a child in the back of a car on the way to...somewhere or other. I don't remember the journey, I just remember being lost in Middle-earth. It sparked a lifelong interest in fantasy for me, whether it be with a horror edge or a sci-fi edge or a straight-up kill-the-wizard edge. I'd read Ray Bradbury at a younger age, but he merely lit the touchpaper. Tolkien was the explosion.
The Narnia series by C.S. Lewis is what got me hooked. It is because everyone has the possibility of going to Narnia. simply find a magic wardrobe or painting or simple be called by someone there. Always keep your eyes open for a way in.
Elizabeth Boyer's books sparked my interest in fantasy literature, or at least had a more immediate impact on my psyche than Tolkien and his ilk. I think it's a great shame that she's never received proper recognition for her contribution to the genre.
Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings really moved it along in the late 90s. But Trudi Canavan got my real interest in the fantasy literature when she started publishing in '02 I think.
What really got me into fantasy was when I would go camping with my dad when I was 7 or so and he wouldn't read LotR to me but he would tell me everything that was happening as he was reading it, so I developed a love for fantasy round the campfire
It's really hard to say how it started. I read too many books now to remember the first one, but I am quite sure that one of the first was David Eddings Elenium Trilogy, then probably Lord of the rings trilogy which I read within two weeks or something like that, and then I discovered that none of those were the best fantasy there is
For me the book that sealed the dead between me and epic fantasy was the TSR omnibus hardback edition of Weis & Hickman's Dragonlance Legends trilogy. It looked gorgeous, and it remains one of the most compelling reads to this day. I was 10 years old when I first read it and loved it. I'm 36 now, and its magic is still there, though one corner of the paper outer cover is ripped.
Dragonlance - Now there's a whole bunch of memories unlocked.
I actually cried when Flint died and I was about 15 at the time !!
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