Charlie, darling, it's only a book
<--- By rights, that would be a smiley lowering it's glasses to look at you with a "srsly, perspective is a beautiful thing" kind of look on its face xD
I *loved* the Hobbit when I was little, absolutely whole-heartedly and with a deep thrumming of my soul loved
it. Listening to it again, it's all coming back, but now with the added pleasure of sharing it with Seamus. I cannot *wait* to read it to my kids, I'm so excited. (I'll read LOTR as well, like my dad read it to my brother and me, but I know that it'll not stick until they're older and read it themselves, like it didn't with me. All I remember from him reading it is that I liked Sam a lot, there was a big mountain, something dark and scary that I didn't like which followed them around (Gollum?) and lots and lots of trees.) But I don't want to see a film that tries to copy that. I want to see the next Peter Jackson-y take on the story of Middle Earth. They're not the same thing, and I'm cool with that. I personally really liked the LOTR films - haven't seen anything else by Peter Jackson to my knowledge, so I can't say if I like him or not, but I loved what he did with LOTR. But it's not the same as reading or being read the book, it's got stupid 'comedy' lines from Gimli and lots of 'splosions and not as much singing and that's fine
because it's not a translation, it's an adaptation
. It's like complaining that the BBC's Sherlock Holmes doesn't do cocaine and ride in hansom cabs and he calls Watson 'John' and is all post-modern and homoerotic and sexy. It's not the same beast as Conan Doyle's books, and that's just fine.
Now take a deep breath and go watch the Princess Bride. Nothing can be wrong with the world while that film is on.