I’m curious if the highly successful Peter Jackson take on Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings really increased the number of people who have read the book. Yes, yes, I know they’re on the racks and the sales numbers are there. I’m interested in hearing from anyone who read the books after seeing the films (and what they thought of them). Or if you have a friend, acquaintance or relative who did.
Just curious, as I said. I wonder if people who saw the films first will go to the books and be put off by the somewhat stilted writing style, or whether they stick with it to find there is more substance in the books than could be shown in the movie. (As is probably true for any book/movie translation. Even “To Kill A Mockingbird”, for example. Movie version great, but book should still be read.)
Disclaimer/background: I’m a LOTR nut, or geek if you will. Still have my battered copies of the books from the early 1970s. I almost didn’t see the movies, I was so skeptical. And while I could nitpick the movies to death, I prefer to see the good in them, and take them for the wonderful gift they are.