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John Carter

I've reviewed John Carter, which I enjoyed quite a bit. The film is every bit the grand spectacle that it's crash at the box office also is.

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kalimac
Mar. 12th, 2012 04:44 pm (UTC)
My reactions are less to the movie than to the review and how different it shows that we are:

"When I was 14, Edgar Rice Burroughs was one of my favorite writers, along with Robert E. Howard and Tolkien."

When I was 14, Tolkien was one of my favorite writers, and well-meaning friends prompted me to try Howard and Burroughs. But I did not like them at all, and I could not at that time figure out why. I guess that what Howard and Burroughs fans got out of Tolkien was the barbarian adventure, but for me that was the least interesting part of this minutely-wrought, intensely moral story, characteristics perhaps not to be found in other authors. Although there were some other books I was led to this way that charmed me, like The Gammage Cup and The Face in the Frost, I didn't find anything else that hit me as Tolkien did until I found Earthsea, by which point I must have been almost 18.

"Or maybe, at age 51, I just wanted to stretch out that feeling of being 14 again for a few more hours."

Ah, the last thing I'd want is to be 14 again. When I was 14, I used to dream of being 51. Then I'd have more of a say in how I conducted my own personal life, and I wouldn't have to suffer through having a lot of obnoxious 14-year-olds as my enforced peers.
randy_byers
Mar. 12th, 2012 05:03 pm (UTC)
I don't think I really understood the moral aspect of Tolkien until I reread him as an adult.

And I wouldn't actually want to be 14 again either. No way. I was referring more to recapturing the joy I got from reading ERB at that age.
kalimac
Mar. 12th, 2012 06:02 pm (UTC)
I didn't understand it then either. But I could feel that it was there.

I suppose I do want to recapture those moments of artistic thrill that are more frequent when you're young, because you've seen less.
randy_byers
Mar. 12th, 2012 06:17 pm (UTC)
A bit of a tangent, but it struck me in thinking about this question that one thing that Tolkien and Burroughs (particularly the Mars books) have in common is something they both got from Haggard: the sense of a fallen people living in the ruins of past grandeur.
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