I loved reading as a child. My gran taught me to read before I went to school.. My first memory of a book that I owned is Cinderella and that was in the reception class when I was four. I spent all my time reading as a child. I loved being transported to another world. My favourite with The Lord of The Rings, and I used to read it regularly - but not at all since I saw the films.
I loved the films - but there is nothing left to imagine now. But I still love fantasy writing.
T3M was a book I read as a child so I suppose it is part of my heritage. I think I like Balkan's reply to Corso - about Indiana Jones being the direct descendent. It's funny he should quote that one because didn't Spielberg say he was trying to create the kind of thing he used to like watching as a child? I was thinking that in a way, the film that T3M is most similar to in a way is Star Wars, but I also think the POTC films are in the same tradition. Very much so. And we all know how popular they are. Few books seem to have the same appeal these days but I agree with fansmom about Harry Potter. I rememember noticing at the CATCF premiere how many people were reading it while they were waiting. All of my friends have read it and most of my family apart from my dad who doesn't read fiction. And it was remarkable for being such a shared experience. It was such a talking point among friends. Who would die in the last book? What was Snape after all? Would Ron turn to He Who Must Not Be Named (a friend's theory). Waiting for the next book to be published must be like waiting for the next installment in the serial of books like T3M.
T3M is a fun read. When I thought about it, I remembered their escapapades and some very clearly. One stood out as a "stand alone" which was when they decide they need somewhere to have a private conversation so they accept a challenge to stay for one hour in a no-man's land between two warring armies. They stay for longer, not leaving until they have finished both their breakfasts and their conversations. What lingers in the memory is the panache, the banter, the coolness, the kind of thing we probably expect in an adventure movie. (Well, I do, anyway).
I picked up the book again with a bit of reluctance, because the language is old-fashioned, but I was caught up in it very quickly. It rattles along at such a fast pace. I'll always enjoy reading that kind of book. I read other books as well, for different reasons. But that young-at heart type of book will always be a firm favourite.
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