My name is Luke and I don’t like Star Wars neither.
I’m not nor ever was a huge fan of sci-fi or fantasy. The Hobbit is a children’s story(a very fine one) that was done way ott in the films, completely lost the sense of it.
Harry Potter is a lame, enjoyable, irritating English public school graduates inside joke with a few extras. Adrian Mole books were a better read than that stuff.
However, having read the book of Lord of the Rings long before I ever saw a film of it, I can vouch imho that it’s one of the finest things ever written, and goes way, way beyond any mere notions of ‘fantasy’, not that the genre should be in any way belittled, like any art-form. As long as it’s well done of course.
No, LOTR as a book has everything for anyone who has an active imagination and often sees things with a lateral mind.
The films were about as good as modern cinema could do with it but personally I really dislike anything that relies on income too much to portray its true essence.
The films achieve that in parts. To get a true feel of what the films were fully about, what an epic achievement they were, the extras are a great watch. And those also give more of an insight into the book. But still, that’s as much about cinema itself than anything. Nothing can come close to the experience of being immersed in the book.
My advice for anyone who hasn’t read the books would be, read book 1, then watch film 2, then read book 3 while watching the extras and clips for film 3. Then go back and read the whole book. There’s a whole brilliant story that happens in book one that isn’t in the film.
The films leave out a huge amount overall, and a fair bit of that is what makes the whole thing less fantastical. It’s the detail, the nuance, and all that stuff that needs a bit of patience and attention.
If you still don’t get it just give me a ring.