I can’t help it. I’ve been a Science Fiction & Fantasy geek since first reading about Sparrowhawk and Pern’s Harper Hall and Wrinkles in Time and Wardrobes as a single-digit kid.
So, of course I’m practically beside myself with joy at the thought of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit coming out. I disagree with Craig Hubert, of the ArtInfo blog, who wrote that a wide audience will be hard to find because “viewers who want seriousness will have trouble with the goofiness, and kids who want goofiness will have trouble with the darker elements.” I think considering the mingling of serious and silly in “books into films” like The Hunger Games (did you see those wigs?), and even (all the way back!) in the Star Wars films, Sci-Fi & Fantasy audiences have proven that they can handle – that they even desire – a melding of the two. Hello? Comic Con?
In the meantime, join me in salivating over the trailer for The Hobbit.
(Warner Bros. removed the clip from the site hosting it, so click here to see it!)