#2, if you have never read the book, then obviously TT is a great movie.
I take exception to this. I've read the books many times and I think the movie's utterly awesome.
Before I start ranting, I want to say that the following is not directed at you specifically, Elfstone. You seem to be very respectful of other opinions and deserving of the same respect in return.
Rather, this is for those loonies who sound like their about to climb a clock tower and start picking off pedestrians with a high powered rifle over this movie.
I find myself very confused by some people's reactions. They seem to think that the film has some tangible effect on the book... as if the next time they pick up their beloved novel the story is going to have been rewritten to match the movie. Several people have said as much: "Peter Jackson wrecked the books!" and "I hate you PJ!!"
Jesus! Take a Xanax or a Trazodone or something!
And then there's the people who bash the movie simply so they can talk down to those who haven't read the books. They can't stand the idea of people proclaiming themselves Lord of the Rings fans without ever having read JRR's novel. It gives them some perverse pleasure to be able to look at someone and say "Ha! Your not a real Lord of the Rings fan like ME! I'm better than you, nya nya nya!"
What I say to that is, GET OVER YOURSELF! It's one thing to be a fan; it's quite another to be a sociopathic zealot. If ya don't like it, don't watch it. Nobody will miss you at the theater.
[Edited on 12/24/2002 by ProgHead777]