I took my lunch break yesterday at work to drive to my local B&N and pick up a copy of The Hobbit. To my disappointment (but not, I suppose, to my surprise) we’re at a point where it’s too close to the movie’s release date to get a book with a cover untainted by mentioning it. I should actually count myself lucky that they had copies that didn’t feature a scene from the movie, which is one of my biggest book-turned-movie pet peeves (not that I wouldn’t mind a book with Martin Freeman’s handsome mug on the cover, I guess. Hmm…).
Also, does anyone else think it’s weird when covers declare a book “THE GREATEST” of anything? I mean, by what metrics are they calculating that? Sales, I assume? Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely appreciate Tolkein for his gigantic contribution to the genre, but isn’t “the greatest” a pretty subjective opinion? Maybe if they said, “LARGELY CONSIDERED THE GREATEST FANTASY EPIC OF OUR TIME” it’d bother me less. But I guess that doesn’t fit as well onto the cover.
So I bought the least-tainted book I could find (as seen on the right) and started rifling through it. You know, it’s actually a lot shorter than I remember, though I suppose in 6th grade a book that size would’ve seemed huge. For a moment I was actually concerned I’d somehow picked up an abridged copy (do they still make abridged copies of books…?)! O.o After deciding the book was just that short, I decided to break the book down by chapter into daily reads like so:
- 12/7 – Friday: 1-3
- 12/8 - Saturday: 4-6
- 12/9 - Sunday: 7-9
- 12/10 - Monday: 10-12
- 12/11 - Tuesday: 13-15
- 12/12 - Wednesday: 16-18
- 12/13 - Thursday: 19
As you can see that’s 3 chapters a day except for Thursday, where we have only one. This actually works out pretty well, since Thursday night I assume all of you are heading to the midnight showing of the movie and really, 1 chapter is all you’ll have time for. I mean, let’s be adults about this, guys.
And that’s it! I’m looking forward to getting off of work today and curling up on the couch with a book I haven’t read in years.
Get ready for some hobbit-y discussion!