Shizzle my nizzle
28th July 2004
http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/bigread/top100.shtml The BBC did a series of programs a few years ago on the nations favorite books. The British Public were allowed to vote for their favorites, and the top ten books were allowed to be represented by a famous person who then made a 30 minute film which tried to convince you the book was the best. Lord of the Rings came out on top, with Pride and Predudice second and His Dark Materials third. I personally think His Dark Materials should have been top and I am convinced that many people voted for Lord of the Rings having only seen the films. His Dark Materials did really well considering it is the most recent next the Harry Potter and hasn't had a film made about it. I also think Nineteen-Eighty-Four and Animal Farm should have done better as George Orwell gave warning to what society would turn into if we let communists take over. What do you think? Do you agree with the poll or do you think another book should have won? EDIT: For those of you who can't be bothered looking, here is the Top Ten: 1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien 2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen 3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman 4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams 5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling 6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee 7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne 8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell 9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis 10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
Ex-MøđęRāŧǿr ø₣ Geňęrāł Gāmíňĝ
31st January 2004
I agree, HDM is a good book, but I don't know if it's better than LOTR...i'd say it is, but critics would probably say LOTR as its a great novel written by a great man. A lot of people probably did vote for the LOTR books having only seen the film, which is a bit sad, as the books are very good. Can't wait for that HDM film to come out. . .
RevenGeorge Orwell gave warning to what society would turn into if we let communists take over.
Uhh, I guess they could be looked at as communists, but the majority of the parties and big brothers morals, were definately not communist, more fascist, in the sense that there is one supreme ruler, "Big Brother" in this case.
This tends to happen, some books are popular than others during certain years. Who knows, the classics might resurface in the coming years.
Shizzle my nizzle
28th July 2004
TheSaintUhh, I guess they could be looked at as communists, but the majority of the parties and big brothers morals, were definately not communist, more fascist, in the sense that there is one supreme ruler, "Big Brother" in this case.
I was talking more about Animal Farm with the communist idea - I should have been more specific. Nineteen-Eighty-Four predicts that our society will turn into a Big Brother society where you are watched constantly. Western societies are turning more and more towards this idea, especially with the rise in internet fraud and electronic communications. Anyway that was off topic - what do you think about the top 10?
RevenI was talking more about Animal Farm with the communist idea - I should have been more specific. Nineteen-Eighty-Four predicts that our society will turn into a Big Brother society where you are watched constantly. Western societies are turning more and more towards this idea, especially with the rise in internet fraud and electronic communications. Anyway that was off topic - what do you think about the top 10?
Heh, sorry. Ontopic: Its a good idea, Nineteen-Eighty-Four is a great book, but a little depressing for my tastes. (Im odd, I know :p) I dont tend to read too many books, but LOTR definately deserved its title.
I'm probably the only person around here to hold this opinion but frankly I didn't think The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy deserved to be up there. I've read many other sci-fi/fantasy comedy books which were both more imaginative and more funny. As I've said many times around here I don't think The Lord Of The Rings deserves to be called the greatest book series of all time, Tolkien is too easily distracted from the story (which itself has plenty of flaws) to get involved in explaining intricate off-topic detail, and as a result the storytelling is bad. The man is undoubtedly one of the most imaginative in the history of Western culture and deserves every bit of praise levelled at him, but the books frankly don't. I preferred The Silmarillion which didn't put up even the pretence of being a linear storybook and instead delved head-on into the vast ocean of detail lurking in Tolkien's head. In my opinion The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe is the poorest of CS Lewis' Chronicles Of Narnia series, it's a shame that it's the most popular as it gives the Chronicles Of Narnia a tagline of being the devout Christian household's bedtime stories of choice, rather than the deserved tagline of fantastical escapism and engaging storytelling (despite the series' flaws). Harry Potter And The Goblet of Fire only had a couple of standout sequences (excellent though they are) despite its vast length, I would have rated Prisoner Of Azkaban higher (or Order Of The Phoenix, but that came out about halfway through the BBC's poll if I remember rightly). Pride And Prejudice is popular for the same reasons as Bridget Jones, female exploitation... it's interesting though that you never hear anyone raving about The Fast And The Furious or Shaft as being the best film of all time though. I was pleased England was tasteful enough to put His Dark Materials at least into the top three though; though it is unarguably the finest of the top three and probably the rest of the list there's never any winning against the big crowd pleasers in this kind of thing (like good movies versus Star Wars, for another example). The rest of them I've read so long ago that I can't really remember much, except To Kill A Mockingbird and Jane Eyre which I haven't read. Mmmm, negative criticism, it sure does make me happy... ^_^
46 and 2, are just ahead of me
23rd September 2004
Lord of the rings??????????? Sorry, good movie not that good of a book. My vote goes too 1984, i hate reading but i loved reading that one.:faq:
Lord Of The Rings was an awesome movie! The Actors were great!! The book... eh, not so much.. Harry Potter gets better with every new movie and new book!
I'm way cooler than n0e (who isn't though?)
14th April 2004
lol, i'd bet most of you didnt even read lotr book, the book is a hundred times better than the movies any given day, i agree with most of the list except i'd rate his dark materials second and prisoner of azkaban is better than goblet of fire