We all have it coming, kid
- May 9, 2010
Really, c'mon man, do we need big honkin digitized versions of all our fantasies?
When I was a boy I always thought that a live-action Lord of the Rings movie would be the single most awesome thing ever to leap -- kicking and screaming -- onto the silver screen.
About this I was both right and wrong (as is so often the case).
The Jackson movies were good enough, but I was too old to appreciate them by the time they finally got made and there was simply too much bending to the needs of demographic. Intellectually, I can understand why it's a problem that there aren't any actual girls in the story. Can't have a movie where the love interest disappears as soon as she's introduced. I get that. But when you start "adapting" some things and outright omitting others in the interest of "audience share" and "fluidity," you begin to tell a different story.
I'll be honest: I reached a point in the Dark Tower series where I just didn't care anymore. It became such a chore (for me)simply keeping track of all the convolution that I was losing interest in what the story was trying to show me. I pledged my troth to words a long time ago for the very simple reason that I don't like to do math. Logic annoys me, because I can't outwit it with flash and dazzle . . . and struggling through the latter part of the saga felt more like doing math than reading to me.
I don't doubt I will like it better when I get back to it, although to date I have read the parts I like quite a bit, and avoided the rousing conclusion again and again because . . . I don't really know why.
In the final analysis I guess I just don't like Roland very much.
But here I go, rambling again.
The simple truth is that I think a lot of people are going to lack the attention span to care about this thing, if and when it ever gets done.