I am devastated! And all because of a book.
I finally saw Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit and it was a fantastic movie. It’s been ages since I read the book and because it was such a good movie I thought I’d re-read the book after seeing the movie. When The Lord of the Rings movies starting coming a few years back, my sisters were very excited about it and their enthusiasm was contagious, and for good reason. It was a good series of movies that I think was true to the book, for the most part. So it was pretty exciting to hear that there was going to be a Hobbit movie later on. Of course, I didn’t really keep up with the gossip about this movie and all I knew about the movie was that Martin Freeman would be Bilbo Baggins. I can honestly say I prefer not knowing anything about a movie i.e. not watching trailers or TV spots so that nothing is spoiled. And the movie was not spoiled for me. I loved it and the main characters, Bilbo, Thorin and Gandolf, I think, were very well developed. Too well developed. Because now I care about what happens to them. And that brings me back to the book. I finished it and I couldn’t believe how it ended. And for the very first time, I wish I had never read the book before the movie. Because now I know what will happen to my favourite characters and I wish it wouldn’t happen. I actually wish that the movie would veer away from the book and not be true to the story. I am devastated at what is to come. And even worse, I’ve only seen part 1 of the Hobbit. There’s probably another two years to agonize over the fate of my favourite characters. I know, I know. I’m being overly dramatic. It’s just a story. It’s not real! I’ll have to go cold turkey and stop watching the Youtube clips of the Hobbit. Maybe pick up a new book to read or pick up another knitting project, even though I’ve already got two on the go.
Sigh! I know. It’s not real! It’ll be okay! Eventually.