Take a look at my intro post to find out more about the Classic Remarks Redux series. As always, thanks to the ladies at Pages Unbound for the prompts and inspiration.
Sept. 16, 2016: Is the Phantom of the Opera abusive or romantic? (You can discuss the musical or the book version, or the differences between the two.)
I have not read or watched any Phantom of the Opera anything, so I’m going to have to skip this prompt. But I enjoyed reading Krysta’s original post and I suggest you click the link above to check it out.
Sept. 9, 2016: Which Tolkien book would you recommend to a reader after they’ve finished The Hobbit and LotR?
This would depend if the reader was an child, or an adult.
I would recommend Farmer Giles of Ham as the next book to read to a Child.
Farmer Giles of Ham is a comic medieval fable written by J. R. R. Tolkien in 1937 and published in 1949. The story describes the encounters between Farmer Giles and a wily dragon named Chrysophylax, and how Giles manages to use these to rise from humble beginnings to rival the king of the land.
It’s a great, short fable and will keep kids interested. And one that may keep them thinking long after it’s finished.
Of course, if the reader is an adult I’d have to suggest they begin reading the Lord of the Rings. Though I may warn them that the pace is a little slow for modern readers, but to stick with it and let the story rhythm develop because they will end up loving it.