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Watching The Lord of the Rings

From Tolkien Gateway
Watching The Lord of the Rings: Tolkien's World Audiences
Publication Information
AuthorMartin Barker, Ernest Mathijs (Editors)
PublisherPeter Lang
ReleasedJanuary 11, 2007

Watching The Lord of the Rings: Tolkien's World Audiences is a book which analyses the reception of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings (film series).

From the Publisher

Product Description

How did audiences across the world respond to the films of The Lord of the Rings? This book presents findings from the largest film audience project ever undertaken, drawing from 25,000 questionnaire responses and a wide array of other materials. Contributors use these materials to explore a series of widely speculated questions: why is film fantasy important to different kinds of viewers? Through marketing, previews and reviews, debates and cultural chatter, how are audiences prepared for a film like this? How did fans of the book respond to its adaptation on screen? How do people choose their favorite characters? How was the films' reception shaped by different national and cultural contexts? The answers to these questions shed fresh light on the extraordinary popularity of The Lord of the Rings and provide important new insights into the global reception of cinema in the twenty-first century.

From the Back Cover

"A splendid potpourri of information about the transnational reception of The Return of the King [or The Lord of the Rings], this book raises as many questions as it answers. This is a noteworthy contribution to cross-cultural analysis of media and will be essential reading in the field." Janet Staiger, The University of Texas at Austin

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