I mean, there are obviously different modes of annotation that might be useful to note, etcetera, etcetera, but once one has become literate and is able to mechanically operate a publication’s apparatus, you’re pretty much good to go.
Not so with Lord of the Rings, at least for me.
|via Lianne Taimenlore|
I’m sorry. I know a lot of people love the books and find them enchanting and fascinating but I am not one of them. It’s hard to say why, exactly, but it kind of felt like I was reading through molasses and the story kept getting stuck in between the page and my eyes. It took me a long time to read the trilogy—but if anyone is having trouble getting through, I thought I’d tell my success story, in case it will help anyone else.
The Fellowship of the Ring
- Try getting started a few times and give up.
- Learn that your family is going to your grandfather’s birthday party the first weekend of July, and for the duration of the visit you will have no Internet access.
- Bring The Fellowship of the Ring on the trip, and following that, the birthday party.
- Help set up as much as possible, then go sit in the kitchen with suspicious-looking catered food and your younger sister and read for six hours straight.
- Get about three-quarters of the way done with the book.
- Finish the rest of the book during August.
The Two Towers
- Realize that you finished Fellowship of the Ring last month and should get on the next one.
- Carry yourself on the wings of the finished-book high through the story.
- Try to focus on the Aragorn/Legolas/Gimli part, because it is hard to care about Frodo.
- Really though Sam is way cooler than Frodo can I get a hallelujah?
- Get caught reading in AP Euro by a teacher who, coincidentally, has a ginormous LOTR poster on the wall (there’s a Hobbit poster across the room now, too)—put away the book because priorities.
- Finish the book and put it on the shelf.
Return of the King
- The following June, as you prepare to leave for a trip to England and Spain, bring Cinder by Marissa Meyer and Return of the King, because you don’t want to read either and if you’re at the airport you can’t get distracted.
- Read in the airport until all the flights fall through and your trip gets postponed.
- Learn that you must go back to your grandparents’ on account of your great-grandmother’s funeral.
- Pack Return of the King alongside other books you don’t really want to read, like The King Must Die, since you have since learned that Cinder is glorious.
- Read The King Must Die first, because it’s smaller.
- Bring Return of the King to the recently deceased great-grandmother’s exhibition-of-the-body get together.
- Say hello to all of the close family members you like.
- Claim a seat on a couch next to sister, and read for about six or seven hours straight until Mom and Dad say you can go home.
- Go back to Grandma’s apartment, and then stay up until midnight finishing RotK, because, gurl, you’re on a roll!
- Go buy the Twilight Saga because you need some kind of reward for that accomplishment and Half-Price Books doesn’t exist at home.
And then… You’re free. You’ve done it, you’ve managed, and no one can accuse you of not reading the books but still liking the movies, and can secretly harbor a preference for the movies, and not just because Orlando Bloom and Viggo Mortenson look nice, or the battle scenes are choreographed better.
I hope it helps. I’m sure you’ll need it.