LotR Party Tag Questions

Sorry I missed posting yesterday.  It has been a really long week…

I was doing some exploring on Blogosphere, and found a really cool blog, and a really cool blog tag!  It’s from a while back, but it looked really fun, so here it goes!

This tag was found on inklings press!

Nine tag questions to rule them all….

1. What was your first introduction to Lord of the Rings?

I found Lord of the Rings the same way I found Narnia.  My brother handed me the book and I read it.

 2. Have you ever read the book?

I have read the Hobbit.  I read the first part of the Fellowship of the Ring, but stopped after Weathertop.  I can’t remember how old I was at the time, but I was really disturbed by the ringwraiths.  I bailed on the books and just watched the movies.  I seriously intend to go back and read them all!  But there are just so many books to read…

3. Which version of the movies do you prefer – the extended version or the theatrical release?

Extended hands down.  (duh!)

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All of the elves, but particularly Galadriel and Legolas.  Galadriel is beautiful and mysterious and powerful.  She is the Lady of Lothlorien and a ring bearer.  What is not to love?
Legolas is a hot powerful archer. I was into archery before seeing Lord of the Rings, but I always think archer characters are cool.

5. Which of the other books concerning Middle-Earth have you read?

I just completed the Silmarillion last week!  It took me 6 months to “read.”  Actually I listened to the audio book, which was a HUGE help when it came to names.  Tolkien was so in depth about the history of Middle Earth.  That book is just mind blowing!  And overwhelming at times.

6. If there was one thing about the movies you would change, what would it be?

So, this would be for the Hobbit movie.  I hated the part in The Desolation of Smaug where Kili was forced to stay behind in Lake Town.  I pouted through the rest of the movie the first time I saw it.  It seriously tainted my enjoyment of the movie.  I have come to see why Peter Jackson would do that, but it does not mean I have to like it.  Oh and the whole dwarf vs. dragon fight and the melting gold statue was utterly ridiculous.  I have watched that movie again, but I fast forward most of the fight scene.

7. What is your favorite scene in either the books or the movies?

Anything in Rivendell or Lothlorien.  I want so badly to be an elf and live in one of the elven kingdoms!!

8. How would you rate your addiction to Lord of the Rings – Aragorn being the lowest and Gollum/Smeagol being the highest?

I will go with Sam.  I’m a loyal, committed fan.  I don’t know everything about all of Middle Earth, but I am working on that.

9. If you could be any Lord of the Rings character, who would it be?

Galadriel.  Though I would be content being a lowly silvan elf if it meant living in one of the elven kingdoms.  Preferably Rivendell, because that is where I fell in love with the elves, but I would visit Lothlorien often :)

And I will leave you with my absolute favorite fanart

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To participate in this tag, answer the questions on your own blog and provide a link to where you found it.  If you don’t have a blog, you can answer the questions in the comments below!

  1. What was your first introduction to Lord of the Rings?

  2. Have you ever read the book?

  3. Which version of the movies do you prefer – the extended version or the theatrical release?

  4. Who is your favorite character and why?

  5. Which of the other books concerning Middle-Earth have you read?

  6. If there was one thing about the movies you would change, what would it be?

  7. What is your favorite scene in either the books or the movies?

  8. How would you rate your addiction to Lord of the Rings – Aragorn being the lowest and Gollum/Smeagol being the highest?

  9. If you could be any Lord of the Rings character, who would it be?

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What Would Happen If the Inter-galactic Realm Spoke Shakespearian?

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It might sound like a crazy idea, but I’m glad Ian Doescher did not think so.  He published this brilliant book series called William Shakespeare’s Star Wars.  They are the Star Wars episodes written in play style, like Shakespeare’s plays.  While they are written in old english, they are not hard to understand.

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I first discovered these books two summers ago.  My library was undergoing major renovation, and the entire book collection had to be moved.  While helping with the move, my sister and I found William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope hidden in the stacks. While I thought the idea was cute, it was nothing more than a passing interest.

I’ll have to admit that I had not seen the Star Wars movies at the time. And I’m not a comic book person, so I did not know the stories at all. This probably had something to do with the reason I did not pick up Part the Forth at the library that day.

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Last Christmas break, I watched A New Hope for the first time.  It really is as great as everyone says!  I also won my first (and only) Goodreads giveaway that December.  It just happened to be Ian Doescher’s The Empire Striketh Back.  I excitedly read it.

 

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I wrote this after first reading The Empire Striketh Back:

I loved this book!! I liked it way more than I thought I would! It is fun, and hilarious, and very Star Wars, and very Shakespeare, and very brilliant!!! In fact, I think I enjoyed this book better than the movie. Who would have thought that Star Wars would make such a good Shakespeare? I only wish I could actually see the play preformed!!

I did see the movie when I was about half finished the book. I have to say, I kinda like this version better.
THE MOVIE DOES NOT HAVE THE CHARACTER SOLILOQUIES!!!!!
I just thought the internal conflict added depth.

 

If you like either Star Wars, or Shakespeare, or both, I’d recommend checking these books out!  They are  fun and entertaining.  Many smiles and laugh out loud moments may ensue!

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“Our story endeth, though your hearts do burn,
And shall until the Jedi doth return.”

My Not Book Review

This is not really a book review, but rather my gushings about the book I just read.
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Monday evening, I bawled through the last pages of Between Shades of Gray.  This is  not to be confused with 50 Shades of Grey.  The latter book I have never read, and never will.  Between Shades of Gray was published first, and, in my opinion, should be more popular.  After reading this book, I found on the author’s facebook page that it is being turned into a movie.  The movie will be titled Ashes in the Snow.  Most likely the title was changed to avoid confusion.  A movie cannot possibly do this book justice, but I’m excited anyway.  And hey!  Movies are basically two hour trailers for the book, right?

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Ruta Sepetys was inspired to write Between Shades of Gray when she was researching her Lithuanian heritage.  During World War II, the Soviets had deported people from Lithuania to work camps in Siberia.

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It is one of the saddest books I have read in a long time, but also one of the most hopeful.  I think that was something that made this book stand out.  Lina, the main character, could find hope even in the darkest circumstances.

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I am not one to write in my books, or mark quotes.  Perhaps this is because I borrow so many of my books from the library.  And Between Shades of Gray is a library book.  I wish it wasn’t.  I wish it was mine and I could write in it!  Instead I resorted to post-it notes.

07606abf82818b1ca57b2d689b790dabThe writing style is just beautiful.  I wish I could write like that!  I was trying to pay attention to why I loved the writing so much.  Maybe I could learn from it.  Ruta Sepetys writes very lyrical.  While I find that I don’t care for books in verse, I do like lyrical writing styles.  Sometimes I try to write like this, but it ends up being too overbearingly descriptive.

Ruta Sepetys had balanced writing.  Not too lyrical, not too simple. Just a perfect blend of both.  I was struck by this on page 124 with the quote, “Blisters wept on my hands.  Our fingers were caked with dirt.”  The first sentence personifies the blisters on her hands.  Lyrical.  The second sentence simply states the condition of the dirt on her hands.  Now, if I were writing, I would have tried to make the second sentence lyrical as well.  But that is not really necessary.  The story needs a balance of both to keep the writing from being too lyrical or too simplistic.  Perhaps this is not the best example in the book, but this is when I realized it.

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The story told here is not an easy one to read.  There were times, especially when I was reading before bed, that I wanted to read something else, and not focus on the hardships these people had to endure.  But it is also a hopeful story.  It is a story about standing together and supporting each other.  Strangers came together to help one another survive the Siberian winter.  I think that is just beautiful.

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Because of the subject matter, I’d only recommend this book to older or mature readers.  The harsh conditions the characters are forced to live in are not easy to stomach.  Other content includes b st rd used less than 5 times.  Brief mention of prostitution and brief mention of alcohol consumption and drunkenness.