My Opinion On LotR:
Great books are detailed, have depth, strong characters, strong emotions and strong relationships, as well as originality and creativity. Tolkien has all of these in LotR, the storyline is powerful, epic, with many well written parts and characters that could as good as exist.
Unforunately, a good book must also be accessible, and readable. LotR is regarded as one of the toughest books around (popular books that is). I don't believe a book should be this highly acclaimed and hyped when it is so reknowned for being so unwelcoming, having many (the whole of Two Towers?) sections of long, unecessary narrative and tangents, and generally not being a very easy to hold onto book.
I have read it, and I agree, it's a great story, but as a book (encompassing the whole reading experience), it has some large flaws that do stand out a lot.
Very long winded in places but rather enjoyable all the same. It is no mean feat to complete the trilogoy and The Hobbit.
I am not really a fan of modern fantasy stuff, it is extremely dull and the titles are ridiculous. Book Three of Chapter 8 in the quartet of fire. Characters have names like Toksenki and Herolda... Sorry I know I am sterotyping but LoTR has never seemed that bad to me. Perhaps as it is older fantasy fiction and not so modern and
i never watch the harry potter movies,they don't do justice to the book.