In a previous review I mention that one of my favorite genres is Sci-fi. My other favorite book genre is Fantasy. I just can’t stay away from the magic, epic sword clashes, and adventure. And The Hobbit is a fantasy genre classic.
The movie for The Hobbit adds an “unexpected journey” to the end of the title so that the title is “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” This title is actually very fitting. In the book, the main character, Bilbo Baggins, gets visited by a wizard, who offers Bilbo the chance to go on a great adventure. But spoiled and lazy Bilbo declines and shoos off the wizard, ending the business with the wizard and his adventure. Yeah, well, that isn’t the case, and soon Bilbo is whisked away on that adventure unexpectedly, not knowing of the danger and excitement that awaits him.
The Hobbit does an excellent job of making readers exit their world and enter a brand new one. The feel for the book is excellent: readers feel as if they are in Middle-Earth, the world that the book takes place in. The Hobbit is also very realistic. The hardships inflicted on Bilbo and some of his companions actually affect the characters’ personalities later in the book, unlike some other books.
The Hobbit is a really good book. J.R.R Tolkien is a really great author, and his descriptions of the hardships and adventure of Bilbo and the friends he meets along the way is fantastic. The Hobbit is a must read for anyone, and even if you think that the writing style is old-fashioned, the writing and story of The Hobbit is not something you should miss.