Suite101: Downloads and Dragons - Look What They've Done to Fantasy, Ma!

"Like it or not, Dungeons and Dragons is going to set the pace for Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings. DnD gets to raise the bar first, and it will be the standard against which The Fellowship of the Ring is measured."
(c) New Line Cinema
Michael Martinez' latest article at Suite101 looks at the Dungeons and Dragons trailer and considers what the movie portends for the future, as well as comparing it to Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movies.

Here is an excerpt:

I spent the day trying to download the Dungeons and Dragons trailer. After many hours and several restarts and reboots, I finally got my 28 megabytes worth of preview. It was worth not doing anything else I needed to do on the Internet, and the wait.

Dungeons and Dragons is a movie I've long waited for, not so much because I've played it, but because I first heard about it long before many other people did. I heard about the wizards with the fireballs and the armies of dragons, and I wanted to see them. I still want to see them, because I like what was shown in the trailer.

There are people, of course, who are snickering in the corners and shadows, trying to spread poison about what promises to be one of the best fantasy movies released until now. Why? I can't imagine why. Some people just don't get it.

I've read the story, I've followed the spy reports, I've seen pre-production artwork, photos, and illicit previews on the Net. I haven't seen anything to turn me off of these movies. And it's not like gaming is a big part of my life. I haven't rolled dice in years. It's just something I got away from. Besides, I always like Rolemaster better.

So, what does Dungeons and Dragons have to do with Tolkien? Not a whole lot. And everything.

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