The film and the written word are two essentially different media; translating the written work word-for-word into the visual medium of film is almost next to impossible. If a film like, say, Gone with the Wind had been utterly faithful to the novel, it would have taken six hours, or even more. Factors like production costs, film length and the target audience need to be considered in adapting a written work after all.
J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings is generally regarded as a gem of literature. As Dibbell put it in his essay, "[t]hat The Lord of the Rings belongs among the most important works of modern Western literature is not an unheard-of notion." Berardinelli wrote that Tolkein is considered the Father of Modern Fantasy, and that the three-volume book, along with its prequel The Hobbit, brought the fantasy genre up as a major literary category in its own right. He adds that almost all published authors of fantasy lists Tolkien as one of their influences.
The epic scope of The Lord of the Rings makes it daunting for any filmmaker to bring it to the silver screen. ...Show more