Apparently there's a petition online asking Peter Jackson to change the ending of the third The Hobbit
movie. I don't think he would do that (at least, I bloody hope not!) and I'm amazed that anyone's asking him to. If you don't know the fans' issue with the book, ( it's this, cut for spoilers )
Truly, I don't believe they'll reshoot a huge section of the movie at this stage; it would be utterly absurd to do so, simply to pander to a handful of fans.
To be honest, one of the things I disliked most about the book was that the final battle was glossed over. Almost all of the action takes place during a convenient fade to black after Bilbo is knocked out. He then conveniently wakes up right after the battle, in time to describe the aftermath. I hated that, but I understand that at the time The Hobbit
was written, that sort of plot glossing was acceptable.
Obviously, it wouldn't fly today if Peter Jackson had Bilbo knocked out and then wake up post-battle, grab his pot of gold, and head on home with Gandalf. ;)
It's also been announced that the sub-title of the third movie, originally There and Back Again
has now been changed to The Battle of the Five Armies
. I'm trying to stay positive about how it'll play out, hoping it won't end up little more than a three hour long CGI fest. Difficult to tell at this stage. Interestingly though, Viggo Mortensen recently criticised the Tolkien adaptions
for their blatant overuse of CGI and reliance on special effects.
I can't wait to see the third one and I'm sure I'll be a bag of wibbles. I just hope it doesn't finish in a confusing CGI mess, and gives the characters the endings they should have and the resolution they deserve.
(Related, in the last few months, I've posted some more Hobbity graphics over at my Tumblr here
♫ My Dear Frodo
, by Howard Shore.
OK, so Tumblr has eaten my soul. I've always loved graphics, photo editing, photo manipulation, playing with colour and texture, and fan art, which is probably evident from my occasional icon batch post here on LJ. But I've been getting into bigger fan works lately and Tumblr is such an amazing venue for it—both posting your own and finding pretties that others have shared. So far I've put up a number of fan graphics I've fiddled in PS based on The Hobbit
, and there are now a couple of things on my Sherlock
and Teen Wolf
tags. I'm still getting to grips with posting text entries on Tumblr—it feels odd to mix the heavy visuals with the thinky stuff—but I reckon I'll grow more comfortable with it over time.
That's not to say I'm leaving LJ. I'm just spending more time on Tumblr at the moment.
In writerly news, I'm probably not going to Winchester Writers Conference this year, even though last year I had a terrific time, got some amazing feedback on the first few chapters of my novel, and made a couple of important connections. I don't have anything new to take this year, novel-wise, and I feel I'd only be resubmitting the stuff I've already submitted before. Plus the conference is not cheap, not even for the single day pass. So I think I'm just going to let this year roll over and go next year, hopefully with either with my current novel ready to go on submission, or a brand new novel that needs feedbacking.
Instead, I'm putting my squee into the 2014 Sci-Fi Weekender
. Graham McTavish (Dwalin!!) will be there, as well as Robert Rankin who was so entertaining last year, and Royd Tolkien the great-grandson of J.R.R. I have a feeling it's going to be a Hobbity weekender, at least for me. ;)
♫ Another Round
, by Foo Fighters.
I've been enjoying Tumblr
a lot lately, partly because I'm fangirling some new things (The Hobbit
movies, and the BBC Sherlock
series) and there's so much of it over there, and also because Tumblr feels like LJ used to. It's so quiet around here these days. I don't plan to give up my blog, but I definitely feel twitchy here. Does anyone mirror their blog posts to a Tumblr account? I'm wondering if it'll be worthwhile doing that from here on. At the moment, I'm mostly talking about fannish things and sharing links here anyway, so it's not like it'd be out of place.
I've made a few new graphics of The Hobbit
and posted them here
—one of bitchy Thranduil, and another of Thorin, Fili and Kili. I'll use this tag with all my graphics, fanworks and published fiction, so they can easily be found.
So yes, as I mentioned above, I've watched the BBC show Sherlock
. My god, the storytelling is good. The film-making is so, so good. The acting is beyond superb. Everything, everything. I'm avoiding the deepest depths of the fandom because I'm quite sure it'll drive me barmy, but there are little bits and pieces on the fringes that are fun—lots of gifs and pretty things popping up on my dashboard. Damnit—I don't need another show! (I need a Mind Palace.)
Possibly more about this later.
♫ To Build A Home
, by The Cinematic Orchestra.
Gillian Anderson is going to write a sci-fi book series
, to be published by a Simon & Schuster imprint. Ooh.
Speaking of book series, I am bursting through my third Sherlock Holmes book, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
, after gobbling up A Study in Scarlet
and The Sign of Four
over a couple of days. I'm enjoying the style; it feels quirkily modern in a lot of ways, but I wonder if that's because I'm writing in the mid-19th Century and am just used to a lot of the attitudes and lingo.
I also saw The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
recently, and liked it quite a bit more than the first one (which I liked, but had a few issues with). The romantic subplot, which I was almost certain I wouldn't go for, was rather sweet, and I loved the dragon. Er, I don't know if a spoiler alert is necessary considering the book was published in 1937, but I'll cut this ( just in case anyone hasn't read it and doesn't want to know how certain things turn out )
couldn't update his journal because LJ treated his link salad posts
as spam, even though nobody could find any of his links to be spammy. I guess it was just the volume of links in the post. Which is so daft. Come on, LJ, don't alienate your users, especially not the journals that get the most hits. You're only hurting your own statistics.
As I've said before, if anything should happen to my LJ or to LJ in general, I will immediately move over to my Dreamwidth
♫ Nothing Else Matters
, by Apocalyptica (Metallica cover).