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Robin Clifford’s “The Hobbit: …” a Short-Sighted Close-Minded Slight

In response to Robin Clifford’s 502‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on Reeling Reviews

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Every now and then, a talented author can shoot themselves in the foot so badly, no amount of clever wordplay can stop the bleeding. Such is the case with “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”. Robin Clifford’s insistence on focusing on certain innate qualities of the subject turns what could have been a poignant and enlivened critique into a misaligned mess of irrelevant comparisons and unreasonable expectations.

An author of this genre should never base their writing on whether they approve or disapprove of the subject creator’s interpretation. That is the creator’s cross to bear, not the author’s. Clifford’s job is to judge the subject on its own merits. And this piece would be infinitely more effective if she would channel her energy into building her case around the plot instead of dwelling on entirely inconsequential aspects that were a given in the first place. But alas, she instead brings these qualms up time and time again throughout this piece to the point where it turns into a rant instead of an informed analytical assessment.

Once she goes down that dark path (which she does almost immediately), forever does it dominate her work. And the end product provides little value, other than to serve as an example of what not to do.    

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