My Weekly Update – Books and Movies

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The Hobbit

hobbitpostersI try not to see the movie until I have read the book. So, I spent the week reading the book and then I saw the movie. I wish someone had told me I didn’t need to read the whole thing, the movie covers only 1/3 of the book.  It was a good read. The movie, on the other hand, didn’t really start until Gollum made an appearance. It was all visually beautiful, but it didn’t move until two hours in.

I was pleased to discover that my favorite part of the book was also my favorite scene in the movie; The riddle contest between Bilbo Baggins and Gollum in the Troll Kingdom.  Both book and movie version were laugh out loud funny.  Come back later this week and read my SQM post on The Hobbit.

I also saw Skyfalls.  I went to the movies with my parents and then at dinner learned their first date was a James Bond movie.  How romantic.  My mom informed me that my dad had taken 2 other girls to see the movie, as well.  But, she married him anyway.

What movies have you seen lately?  Did you see The Hobbit?  What did you think? 

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16 thoughts on “My Weekly Update – Books and Movies

  1. Actually, The Hobbit is the only movie hubby and I have seen lately. We enjoyed it, but then The Hobbit is one of hubby’s all time favorite books…and the Lord of the Rings series is also one of his favorite series movies. My favorite part was actually when the dwarves showed up at Bilbo’s house. I cracked up watching their antics…and Bilbo’s reaction to it all. 🙂

  2. I absolutely loved the Hobbit! ^_^
    I love Peter Jackson’s visual take on all of Tolkien’s books, I think that it is breathtaking. Hats off to New Zealand as well!
    The Riddles with Gollum is also ma favorite part of both the book and the movie. Although, those who have read the book know that the real action starts in the second movie. ^_^ I can’t wait to see Smaug! O.O

    1. Yeah, Peter Jackson is brilliant. And, the hint of Smaug was enough to make me excited for the next two. But, if the last 20 minutes was any indication of the pace of the last two, it is going to be amazing. Thanks for stopping by Rai.

  3. Sydney – Finish reading the book and you’ll have the next two movies covered!

    I’m a movie buff, but not a movie goer. Too expensive, and I’d rather wait for it to be released on DVD or HBO or something. It’s usually within a year after theaters. I do manage to squeeze a movie in if it’s something that I have to watch on the big screen – Harry Potter movies, for instance.

    Thanks for mentioning the book club. It’s an idea that I hope to see grow. I’ll see you Wednesday!

    1. I spent the last five years seeing maybe a movie a year. Everything I saw, I rented from iTunes. But, I love watching movies on the big screen. Looking forward to seeing what book you pick for Book Club.

  4. Hey Sydney, there’s three movies, so you don’t need to read the whole book… Wait, too late!
    I really enjoyed it, A little slow moving, but it was so beautiful to watch. It was like spending time with a familiar friend.

    1. Yeah, thanks Alex. 😉 Especially seeing Old Bilbo, Frodo, Saruman, Galadriel and Elrond. Funny, they didn’t age, but Bilbo did. The ending was enough to make me super excited about the next installment.

  5. I loved the movie and the book. I’ve heard a lot of people complaining about the three movies. I have no problem paying for threee movies like this.

    1. Yeah, I don’t have a problem with the three movies.There is a lot in the book to cover and some small plots they look like they want to cover in the movie more fully as well. I am looking forward to the next two installments.

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