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The Avenger

Location: New Jersey
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Member Since: Sat May 17, 2008
Subj: Re: Genres of prose fiction
Posted: Sun May 15, 2022 at 02:14:35 pm EDT (Viewed 176 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Genres of prose fiction
Posted: Sun May 15, 2022 at 04:34:41 am EDT (Viewed 182 times)

    My favorite genre is fantasy.
    Some examples:

    -Earth's Children by Jean M. Auel

Oh man! I remember those! I didn't read them all. I think I stopped after the third. My favorite by far was the first, because it focused on the Neanderthals.


    -Northern Lights and The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman (BBC's His Dark Materials is based on the first of these trilogies)

Those I didn't read.


    -Tolkien's Lord of the Rings (of course) I read these books long before the movies came out. The movies are great, the books are better. They usually are IMO. Another reason I prefer books (and read them first if a movie is already available) is that you can use your imagination, you are not stuck with images in your head that you have seen on television.

I've read Lord of the Rings three times, enjoying it more each time. Like you, I prefer reading the books to watching the movies. I agree with you completely in this instance, about preferring my own imagination to Peter Jackson's. Which is not to denigrate his achievement. It's stupendous. It just didn't always ring true to my own inner eye and ear. How could it really hope to?

    One more book I'd like to mention is The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield. It came out when I was about 20 years old and it left a big impression on me then.

How fictional do you consider that? Completely or only partially?

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