J. R. R. Tolkien - The Lord of the Rings

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The most overrated story ever told

Oct 13, 2005
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Pros:Amusing character names

Cons:Bad poetry Preachy Stilted Dialogue longer than it had to be Words like "overmuch"

LotR ruined the fantasy genre. Because of this Tolkienian nightmare, fantasy writers today rarely say anything different with any depth, because everyone only wants to write about elves and other fresh-faced heroes saving ill-named worlds from dark lords and a million variations of orcs.

When people praise Tolkien's alleged genius, they are almost sure to mention the language his invented, elvish. THIS is genius?? The guy was nothing more than a 20th century Trekkie! Elvish is just pseudo-Medieval Klingon.

It's a simple story cloaked by pages upon pages of unnecessary verbiage, rampant name dropping, random detours, and bad poetry. It may well be one the WORST literary endeavors in the history of mankind.

Just because some guy was crazy enough to dedicate essentially every idea he ever had to one story doesn't mean it was a classic. It just makes him crazy.

Fantasy/sci fi authors to read:

Mervyn Peake
C.S Lewis
China Mieville
Theodore Sturgeon
Octavia Butler
Ursula Le Guin
Orson Card



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