Childhood: For Sale -- SOLD!
Some time ago Scarecrow and I had a long chat about the Disney sequels. You know, Peter Pan II, Lady and the Tramp II, stuff like that. I told him then (and he agreed) that it just felt wrong. He looked at me and said "Kinda like they're selling your childhood, right?"
Then I found out they were releasing a "Cat in the Hat" movie, and wanted to weep. Why make Dr. Seuss' stuff into a freaking movie? It's not right, it's not approrpiate. It's just... wrong, like they're selling my childhood. I mean, Dr. Seuss' stuff is meant to be *read*, not watched. I mean, Grinch as a cartoon worked, and I still don't consider it Christmas unless I've watched it on t.v. at least once (which probably means no Christmas in China), and regularily get "You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch" stuck in my head. But the rest... No. No no no no no.
So, to make a sudden topic change, I didn't read Tolkien as a kid. When I started reading Tolkien, it was for a class on children's literature, and we read The Hobit. I didn't like it. I won't go into why. I tried to get into Lord of the Rings, but it just didn't do anything for me. I'm glad Tolkien wrote this stuff, but I'm glad I don't have to read it. I'm madly in love with the movies, though, if that makes any sense. I think they translate onto the screen very well, and I really don't know what's going to happen or how it's going to end.
(Editor's note: Of course, until I saw LotR, I thought that all my D&D friends and DMs were very very creative souls. I had no idea how often I was just playing a version of part of that story. I found that very disappointing, actually.)
Anyway, as I eagerly look forward to the next installment, and mourn to myself a bit that I not only didn't bring any of my LotR CCG cards with me, I don't have anyone to play with here anyway, I stumbled across this link on someone's live journal. This relates back to the whole selling of childhood stuff: