The Rings of Power (Lord of the Rings), prequel to Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies, at a staggering cost of $1 Billion is splitting the fan community.
Hardcore book fans don't like it. Well, the outright hate it. But they must understand that not everything in books works for television, movies, or video games. Sometimes the director or producers must change things to make it work for a different medium. Peter Jackson had to remove a similar Gandalf like character in Hobbit. It would have been clown like.
The Rings of Power is amazing. It truly is. You can see the $60 Million per episode cost. They have built the world's tallest Starcraft (LED) studio. You can see the quality. Some folks watched the first 2 episodes on IMAX. It is breath taking. Sure, the characters are different than in the book and yes, they had to add in the gender and diversity for the Halflings (Hobbits).
But they are taking themselves to an enjoyable time to explain the story and to build up the characters slowly. Many other shows rush. I remind you of Games of Throne's last season. It was a mess; the ending was upsetting. Upsetting enough that HBO is considering redoing the ending.
The Rings of Power is not just a visual must-watch, but the build-up of the story, the character arches and storylines are working. Is it different than the books? Absolutely. But it must be different. You cannot turn any book 1-to-1 into a film or series.
This show works for me. I love it. And I hope that the haters don't succeed. It currently only has 37% on Rotten Tomatoes, but those must be the hardcore book fans and people, who love to be entertained and don't just criticize every change producer, editors and directors are making on favorite shows surely agree with me and love it.
By: Guido Baechler
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