Tuesday Toss Up

Hallo lovelies! So, hopefully this toss up will have a bit more variety in the comments. *sheesh* Both of the previous toss ups were unanimous. First Lincoln, then pirates…though it’s not like I’m complaining cause those were actually my choices.

So here you are-I’ve used both of these fandoms/source material in some of my fics in different ways, though I’ve never actually been a part of either fanfiction community. So, here it is, and I’ll tell you my thoughts below.

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My Choice
Okay, so-there are a multitude of positives for both in my books.

First we’ll start with LOTR. I actually just got done watching all three Hobbit movies and then all three extended versions of LOTR. I love the fantasy, the intrigue, the danger-everything. I love having a new world that’s unknown to explore. We tend to go through cycles where we’ll marathon them all and then not watch them for a few months, so it’s all fun again. That said, I’ve never read most of the books. I read the Hobbit, but this post isn’t about that. I *tried* to read LOTR-I did. I actually tried multiple times. But I couldn’t really get into it. Something about it translates more to the screen than the page for me, which is a rarity. I honestly don’t think I can think of another book to movie situation where that’s the case. *shrug*

And then we have Harry. Harry freaking Potter. The first Harry Potter book was published when I was 11. I read and progressed through his world as he himself did. Here’s a funny story that has spoilers for book 6-so please skip¬†everything in the *** if you want.

********* I preordered book 6 and it arrived the day before it was set to. So of course, I devoured it overnight, didn’t sleep, just sat in my bed and read. So my dad got up for work and I decided I wasn’t going to school. I was a junior I believe, so he just kinda let me. He knew this was a huge deal. About 10 that morning I got to the part where Dumbledore dies and I absolutely lost it. I called my dad in hysterics, babbling about what had happened. Well, he couldn’t understand what I was saying except that someone died. So he hung up and rushed home…only to find me sobbing over my book. He laughed so hard when I finally calmed down enough to explain it to him. And he still hasn’t let me live it down to this day-like 11 years later.************

So yeah. I have 2 sets of books too. I have pristine first edition hard cover books that I never touch except to dust. And then I have my reading set-which has mostly been replaced at least once since I broke the spines on them. I loved the movies and frequently marathon those since they’re something my kids enjoy as well. In fact, when my oldest son was born he spent 3 weeks in the NICU and I’d sit there for hours with him in my arms reading the first Harry Potter book to him.

If you can’t tell, it’s really no contest to me. While I love Middle Earth and all the drama of it’s characters, my vote hands down goes to HP. I grew up with him and Ron and Hermione. I grew up hoping to get my Hogwarts letter, to have an owl (I kid you not, I asked for one for my 12th birthday), just for…magic. I still read those books and they’ve become my…god I don’t even know. They’re almost a life line. When I was having trouble in high school-which if you’ve read my blog before you’ll know what I mean-HP was there. Those books-and the movies-are what I pick up when I need a pick me up. They’re what I go to for comfort. They’re what I’m showing my children as an example of friendship and loyalty and how not everything is what it seems. So yeah, HP gets my vote in this week’s Toss Up.

Leave me some love and let me know what you think. *Funny stories are always a bonus, cause boy do I have tons for you.*

Oh yeah, and if you had any doubts after all this blabber…I even have an HP lightning bolt tattoo. So yeah. :)

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6 thoughts on “Tuesday Toss Up”

  1. I am a huge fan of both. I got introduced late to the Harry Potter universe, but I was here in TX when the last book came out. I went and got it at 8 am, and was done reading it by 11. M still remembers me reading through the book, and turning to see how the heck I was turning pages that fast.

    However, with that said, I read The Hobbit and Lord of The Rings when I was alot younger. I then used the books later to introduce M to the world of reading. He never really read books like we do now until he read that after watching the first movie.

    I still read the books and pick up on new things every time. I wonder where the elves went since we are the ‘West’. So many things make me wonder and if I had known about Fanfiction, it would have been my first stories. Later, I was too scared to do such a fandom that was literally huge. Now I am doing it, but only because my mom begged to have her story written out.

    In Addition, watching the movies was a huge affair for my family. Harry Potter? yeah. WE watched. But I never saw the last one. I have it.. but nope. But LotR? Yeah saw each one, bough each edition of them when they came out. The only thing huger in our house is Star Wars (me)/Star Trek (M).

    LotR wins

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  2. So although I love both my vote also has to go to HP!! I love them so much and remember the marathon reading sessions to finish each one, then the sad emptiness when I was done and the book ended and there was no next page to read!! I think they are books that even people who aren’t readers both read and loved, they also brought reading to the forefront for an entire generation!! That being said when LOTR came out, I’ll admit I had a crazy huge crush on Orlando Bloom and thought Legolas was the coolest character out there!! There may have been posters and homemade collages framed on my wall, just saying!! But in this toss up I have to give it to Harry, Ron, Hermione and the whole wizarding world!!

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  3. I have to go with LOTR simply because it’s amazing and it’s the first of all fantasy. It kind of set the stage for fantasy as a genre. Tolkien was an amazing author and academic as well as father. He was trained in linguistics proper and developed the entire eleven language…as a complete language complete with grammatical rules and everything…absolutely amazingly! It’s also an amazing analogy for society, which I think Harry Potter is too but it’s the result of living through two world wars. I believe that only about 8 people of his graduating class at Oxford survived WWI. They were written for his son while in the trenches of WWII and he sent them in letters. Not to mention there is an entire world he created such as maps and the simillairion (sorry for spelling). He modeled the love of Stryder and his wife Ewynn (not the blond, the elf) after his own wife and had it engraved on her tombstone. I just absolutely love LOTR and the movies were awesome also but not near as good as the books.

    Harry Potter is great and I loved the books too but they simply can’t compare to what set the standard.

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