Saturday, January 30, 2010

There's a first time for everything

Because I'm a rather voracious reader, people are often surprised when they find out I haven't read every book ever published. No, I've never bothered with a lot of Jane Austen because I didn't much care for the ones I have read. And just because I forced my way through the Lord of the Rings Trilogy doesn't mean that I ever got around to reading The Hobbit.

And yes, I watch a lot of movies, but there just aren't enough hours in the day for me to see every one of them. Talkies have been around for almost a hundred years now. That's a lot more movies than even I can manage.

But today was the end of an era for me. I finally watched The Return of the King all the way through for the very first time. After spending years telling people I had seen the beginning and end and parts of the middle about five different times, I sat down with a couple of friends and watched everything.

My conclusion? I'm really glad we didn't go for the extended version, and I really should have re-watched the first three because I haven't seen either of those since they were in the theater.

Maybe now I'll finally get around to reading The Great Gatsby or To Kill a Mocking Bird. (Don't judge me. I'm sure there are plenty of classics I've read that you haven't.)


  1. Of course there's books you haven't read. That doesn't really surprise me at all. And as much as you're into contemporary fiction, particularly which has just come out, I'm not surprised you haven't had time to get to the classics. And I'm pretty sure that's okay, even if you don't care for Jane Austen. :) I completely agree that it's likely you have read more classics than I have, but, again oh well.

  2. The funny thing is, I have had a lot of time to read classics. It's only been in recent years that I've gotten really into contemporary fiction--really only since I've become serious about writing myself. It's just impossible to have read them all.

    Sorry I'm not a Ms. Austen fan. I know how much you love Brit Lit.