A first impression goes a long way. That's true with people, and I think it's also true with books. When I'm choosing a new book, once I get past the title and the author, it's the first line--or first few lines--that make the decision for me.
We know today, some popular writers employ a "formula" such as fast-pacing, short sentences and chapters, and simple language, hoping to achieve success. Would I, as a novelist, seriously consider changing the manner in which I write? The easy answer is: No.
Engaging fantasy author Peter S. Beagle in conversation is a remarkably lively experience, and fan, friend and/or interviewer should prepare to be surprised. I'm all set for unicorns and werewolves when Mr. Beagle suddenly launches into political observations.
I spent a lot of my life trying to figure out where I could count on my Dad and where I couldn't -- would he define the sort of man I wanted to be, or its opposite?
You uncover meaning and find satisfaction through your own ability to pay close, critical attention; through patiently exploring an image; and through discovering patterns, relationships, and associations.
I find that women warrior figures starkly highlight current ongoing conversations, with an overdue need for far more balanced media depictions and fluid understandings of gender.
Read my 2012 review of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey here A little over eleven years ago, on the eve of the theatrical release of The Two Towers,...
The part of the story I most wanted to see handled by Peter Jackson and team now exists. For my taste, they didn't get it right.
While filming, many of the cast expressed concerns that viewers would think the landscape was fake. How, they argued, could moviegoers believe that such stunning scenery is real? Where in the world do thundering waterfalls, turquoise lakes, volcanic pinnacles, and alpine glaciers all occupy a terrain with hardly any people?
The appeal of the Grand Adventure is clear and incontestable: the epic scale; the sense of mystery and adventure; the thrill of discovering what challenge, adversary, or ally awaits around the next bend. Thing is, the whole point of the exercise is to reach an ultimate goal.
The marketers made a brilliant move in refusing to reveal more than an eye or a bit of tail in the previews, because the first full-on shot of Smaug made my jaw drop. He is exquisite, and when Bilbo says that tales fall short of his magnificence, he couldn't be more correct.
The Desolation of Smaug is filled with significantly more visual hyperbole than its predecessor, indeed some moments so preposterous in their construction and so outrageous in their deviation from Tolkien's text that they resoundingly deserve a listicle of the sort provided here.
This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by N...
This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Joshua Engel, Gandalf was an Istari, one of the Maiar, of the same order as Sauron. I...
I recently turned to The Hobbit when I was down with a killer migraine. Reading it wasn't exactly like meeting an old friend, because I didn't remember most of the book. But that didn't matter, because opening up the book and diving in, I felt welcomed by the narrative voice which is so very wise and warm -- and wry.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is hitting theaters in December, and what's a better way to welcome it than mashing it up with one of the most quotable movies of our time- Mean Girls. Check out the animated sketch, from Leigh Lahav after the break.