Years ago, when Lord of the Rings was popular, my husband and I wrote a story together that was supposed to be a spoof of the trilogy. I recently ran across it and thought it was pretty funny:
Prosolo gasped as she clawed at the peak of the Halobarad Mountain, her paws slipping on the slick rocks.
"The necklace of Yasagriell," Prosolo breathed, as she gazed upon the shimmering circle of light that was illuminated by a ray of sun.
For thousands of years, the necklace of Yasagriell had been protected by a worthy member of the tribe of Beaudeindalf. The Beaudeindalves were winged creatures that sacrificed one castrated male each year to defend the necklace of Yasagriell. This had been the purpose of the Beaudeindalves in Middle Earth since the beginning of time.
But in the last century, all of the Beaudeindalves had been slain by a gypsy tribe of Tirithiomirs. Tirithiomirs were a particularly fierce breed of elves that Prosolo had come across only once in her life, when she was only a child wandering through a forest, and it had made a tingle go through her thick fur. Prosolo was later told by her grandmother Legoladaine that the Tirithiomirs had led a secret attack on the Beaudeindalves in the Valley of Malahthiel, killing all but Ondodo, Grandolier, Nobb, and Vanaroond, their eldest members, who were later sacrificed to Andumeeh, the elfin god of the Tirithiomirs.
It was uncertain if the Tirithiomirs had slain the Beaudeindalves with the intention of swiping the necklace of Yasagriell. But if this was the case, Prosolo could not let this happen. She had to protect the necklace of Yasagriell herself at any cost.
As Prosolo edged toward the necklace, she was suddenly blinded by a creature that leaped in her way. She fell back upon her hind legs, and watched the blue animal with thick fur snatch up the necklace with his paw. The creature held up the necklace of Yasagriell in the air triumphantly.
Prosolo felt her stomach sink. "Who... who are you?" she stammered. He didn't appear to be a Tirithiomir. "What do you want this necklace for?"
"I need this necklace to get to the next level," the creature explained. "My name is Sonic."
Pretty good, but which time of popularity are you referring to? I remember the late 60's as the first time I became aware of them and I am sure you are not as old as I. I guess "years ago" is a different time to some of us. My wife is older than I am and I think the wheel was a newfangled device when she was a kid.ReplyDelete
Lol. I was talking about 10 years ago or so, when the movies came out. I definitely wasn't around in the late 60s.Delete
"Years ago, when Lord of the Rings was popular . . ."ReplyDelete
Yeah, I have an issue with that as well. LotR is, bar none, the classic of the fantasy genre. It's been consistently popular for the last fifty years, and regularly appears on lists of the greatest novels of all time, for example: http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/2681.Time_Magazine_s_All_Time_100_Novels.
Perhaps it would be clearer if you had said: "A few years ago when the LotR movies came out, and Tolkien enjoyed a surge of popularity among people who don't read . . ."
I respectfully disagree with you, and I think that the list you provided is a good illustration of why. Look at the number 2 book, 1984. Obviously it's a classic, but would you say it's popular? I sure wouldn't. It's sure not the book that all the kids are reading, unless they are forced to for school. But say they made a huge big budget movie of 1984 with a heartthrob actor that won an Academy award. You can bet a lot more people would be reading 1984. And a decade later, you might look back on that period as "the time when 1984 was popular."Delete
Or would you disagree with that and say that 1984 has always been popular and will always be popular, and making a movie of it would just result in a "surge" of popularity?
Yes, Lord of the rings was always enjoyed by big sci-fi or fantasy fans. But I really didn't know anyone else who liked it until it became a big budget movie. So no, in my opinion, it wasn't popular (again) until then. However, it might still currently be somewhat popular because of the movies.
"The Hobbit" has sold 100 million copies worldwide.Delete
"The Lord of the Rings" has sold 150 MILLION COPIES since its publication in 1954. It it both a classic, and a wildly popular book, and has been so for decades. (http://10mosttoday.com/10-best-selling-books-of-all-times/)
So no, I do not think you sell a quarter of a billion books about a fictional universe without being considered, by any reasonable criteria, extremely popular. That you classify those that like it as "fantasy fans" is particularly ironic, given that "fantasy fans" did not really exist in anything resembling their current form prior to the wild popularity of the Lord of the Rings.
Can you recall any popular fantasy novel prior to Tolkien? It's like trying to remember the cars sold prior to the Model T.
I have to respectfully disagree right back at you. The Lord of the Rings is by any standard a popular book. The successful movies led to a surge of popularity. Hollywood didn't make Tolkien popular any more than it made Dickens, or EM Forster, or Jane Austen popular.
Looking at that list you link to, there are two books on it that I have never even heard of. Would you call "she: a history of adventure" a wildly popular book? If not, there are obviously other criteria for something being wildly popular.Delete
Not being a fan of the fantasy genre, I can't name any other books before Lord of the rings. I can't name any books after Lord of the rings either. It's just not something that I or anyone I know really reads much of. But when the movies were out, everyone I knew could name every detail about the Lord of the rings.
Maybe our problem is the definition of popular. I would not call Austin orDickens popular either. I might say that they were popular classics authors, but not really part of pop culture for the most part. To me, something that's popular is something that's discussed in current conversations, magazines, and television. Nobody is having conversations about Lord of the rings these days, but they definitely were 10 years ago.
Fizzy- you are correct. The LOTR movies made the trilogy very popular. Prior to the movies, I do not think you could buy LOTR posters, figures etc. While LOTR may have always been popular, there was definitely a surge in popularity 10 years ago.ReplyDelete
LOTR and Austin and Dickens have been widely popular in my country. As kids we read and knew these books, it was way before Hollywood movies (1960-1970's and not in Great Britain).ReplyDelete