Friday, April 13, 2012
L is for: Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings, along with its prequel, The Hobbit, were my first obsessions; and they have survived for many years. I have a leather bound collectors edition of The Lord of the Rings sitting happily on my bookshelf right this minute (my best find at the used book store by far!) I also own the extended edition of the movies, which I have spent a good many days of my life enjoying (I had them playing constantly, even just in the background, for about 2 weeks after I bought them).
Everything about The Lord of the Rings amazes me. The depth of the story, the history, the cultures, the languages, everything. It is what started my love of fantasy and made me want to write stories of my own. The only problem was that for a very long time everything I wrote was fantasy; I was so caught up in everything I loved about Tolkien's work that everything I tried to write screamed "Lord of the Rings wannabe". I was finally pulled out of this when I read the Hunger Games, my most recent obsession. My current WIP is the first to not contain elves or dwarves, and it is by far the best story I have ever come up with. Of course, I still love The Lord of the Rings, and I still love spending a day on my couch watching Aragorn be a badass (the fact that I am basically in love with Aragorn's character is completely irrelevant...but come on, how could you not be?)
Even though I have finally stopped trying to write like Tolkien, I still turn to his books (or the movies, or the movies' soundtracks...) when I find myself in need of inspiration. Something about going back to Middle Earth always leaves me wanting to write. Clearly the only logical thing for me to do is move to New Zealand where I can look out at Middle Earth in my own backyard. Maybe someday...(pretty please?)