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    What movie will be more successful?

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    I said Harry Potter. It is much more popular of a book than Lord of the Rings.
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    Originally posted by swimm5001
    I said Harry Potter. It is much more popular of a book than Lord of the Rings.
    Not true.

    I just think Harry Potter is more the 'in' thing at the moment.
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    Originally posted by weirdbeardmt
    I just think Harry Potter is more the 'in' thing at the moment.
    I agree. Its popular now, but won't stand the test of time like Lord of the Rings
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    Lord of the Rings is a much, much, much, much, much more popular book than Harry Potter.

    There are millions of Lord of the Rings fans all over the world, who have read it over the past ???? years.
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    I saw the trailer for Lord of the Rings and I thought it looked really lame. Is it that good?
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    i thought the LOTR trailer looked awesome, what didn't you like about it?
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    Originally posted by dethfire
    i thought the LOTR trailer looked awesome, what didn't you like about it?
    I don't know, it just looked...cheesy? Maybe just not for me
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    I'm not much for Harry Potter, but since you brought him up, anyone hear about how the kid's voice changed and they had to rush to find a replacement for the ending? Hehe.

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    Originally posted by mmj
    Lord of the Rings is a much, much, much, much, much more popular book than Harry Potter.

    There are millions of Lord of the Rings fans all over the world, who have read it over the past ???? years.
    Agreed!

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    I'll see both and am looking more forward to LotR, but I think HP will do better at the box office.
    This is because of all the dang kids out now that will pester their parents, uncles, etc to take them to see it time and time again. And when it's on video, geeesh, it'll sell like hotcakes.
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    Originally posted by mjames
    I'm not much for Harry Potter, but since you brought him up, anyone hear about how the kid's voice changed and they had to rush to find a replacement for the ending? Hehe.
    Yeah, i heard that on the radio before hehe.

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    Originally posted by swimm5001
    I saw the trailer for Lord of the Rings and I thought it looked really lame. Is it that good?
    Gasp! I have never seen a more incredible trailer in my life! I will definitely go see LotR, I'll definitely pass on HP.
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    Alas, I must say Harry Potter. Strictly because it's aimed at kids, who generally need their parents to take them. So basically, the box office sells at least 2 tickets for every one person who wants to go.

    And the marketing! I don't even want to see the toy stores at Christmas this year. Just look at Pokemon when it was at it's peak. By Christmas I'm sure we'll have the "Potterdex".
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    Yup, I think Harry Potter, because every kid and his dog will be dragging the parents along. But LOTR is something I've been dying to see for ages and ages and ages and ages, please mum, please can I go to see it, please mum, can I? Mum? Can I, mum? Oh pleeease? *sniffle* Muuuuuuum? *sniffle*

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    When I was a kid, every other kid I knew used to read Lord of the Rings. I can't imagine it not being aimed at kids - its main character is even a kid, and is younger than the kid in the Harry Potter movie.


    I can imagine that Harry Potter would be more of a commercial success but the release of LOTR 1, 2 and 3 over the next three years (they're coming out December 26 2001, 2002, 2003 here) is going to generate new interest in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
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    I agree. HP will be a success just as "Home Alone" was a success. Swimm - Lord of the Rings is a classic text that has been enjoyed literally for a few generations now. HP is NOT a more popular book, by any stretch of the imagination. I really don't know how successfull the LOTR film will be - and it could well be a close call - I suspect that at the box office HP may win the day. To suggest that it is a better book is just silly; have read one chapter of a HP book to my daughter - so am not a world authority, but based on that exerience the literary value is not even in the same league as Tolkien.

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    One of my mates at Uni actually IS Harry Potter. Well he isn't but he looks a lot like him!

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    LotR was a classic for kids to read. Emphasize Was.

    Alas, it seems that so many of the books we read as kids, like Tolkein and even Mark Twain, are no longer being read in anywhere the same numbers by todays youth. Blame MTV, VCRs, the 30 second time span, etc.

    Kids that do recreational reading (and there are far less than there were 15 or more years ago), read quicker, fluffier books. Like HP. I enjoyed the Potter books, read them in about two or three sittings (except the last one which took 5 or 6, and was a far better written work). Tolkien on the other hand is a long read, much like War & Peace but far more enjoyable. Today's kids would drop the Hobbit after the second page of reading about the same door. Unless there was a cute yellow creature popping out of it or it was dripping blood.
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    Originally posted by swimm5001
    I said Harry Potter. It is much more popular of a book than Lord of the Rings.
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    While I love both series, there's a reason why Lord of the Rings has been around since the 50's. Because it's a masterpiece of literature.

    Harry Potter books are good too but they'll never have the scope and depth of the LoTR books.
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    Originally posted by mmj
    When I was a kid, every other kid I knew used to read Lord of the Rings. I can't imagine it not being aimed at kids - its main character is even a kid, and is younger than the kid in the Harry Potter movie.
    Did you read the same LoTR books that I did?

    Frodo was 33 when he started the adventure in Fellowship of the Rings, the same age that Bilbo was in the Hobbit. Don't you remember the party under the tree? They were celebrating both Bilbo and Frodo's birthdays and together they totalled one Gross (144). Bilbo's age was 111 or "eleventy-one".

    As for the box office...well, I think that Harry Potter will likely do better than LoTR but only because of the reasons mentioned above. It's extremely popular right now whereas LoTR is a more enduring book.

    I personally will be waiting for tickets for BOTH movies. I've been waiting for this LoTR movie since I was 8.
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    Since the Disney movie "The Hobbit?" perhaps?

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    Originally posted by creole

    Did you read the same LoTR books that I did?
    I think maybe he {MMJ) was thinking about "Lord of the flies" ??
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    LOL...

    You might be right, but those kids were still older that good old HP. I don't believe they ever actually mention their ages, but I would guess that Ralph was at least 11 or 12. Jack might have been older even.
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