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Rick Bentley’s “The Hobbit: …” Implodes From Lack of Restraint

In response to Rick Bentley’s 519‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on Fresno Bee

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In ““The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is an exercise in excess.”, author Rick Bentley  gives some leeway regarding the creator’s approach to the subject, but no enough to let this piece shine as brightly as it should. That’s ultimately the bane of this piece, and why it never realizes its goal of providing a valid, lucid and unbias assessment.

And this is unfortunate, because the author is more than capable of providing one. His literary abuility is obvious from teh outset of this piece. Vivid imagery, careful attention to detail and elaborate plot and character development bring this tale to life with such vibrancy, it feels like it could leap right off the computer screen. It engrosses the reader and puts them inside the author’s head for a time while he scans the subject before him. The feeling of oneness created in this moment is so palpable, it has the effect of swaying opinion in the author’s favor. This is truly a rare gift, and a powerful one as well. But with great power comes great responsibility. And it is irresponsible for any writer in this genre to allow their personal bias to get the better of him.  

In all fairness, his assessment is not completely condemning. He even begrudgingly gives the the benefit of the doubt in lieu of the lofty expectations going in… or would appear to. In hindsight, he might also be intentionally spinning the facts so as to provide an excuse to berate the subject further. In either case, it is clearly not given a fair shake, and it is the reader who will suffer the consequences.

The power of persuasion is a powerful and rare gift indeed, and hence one that must be wielded with care. Talented writers like Bentley would be wise to keep this in mind, lest it corrupt the reader’s irreparably.     

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