People are also complaining about the slower, more relaxed pace of at least the beginning of the film as though this were a negative thing. This is actually really exciting for me as the Lord of the Rings movies are feeling increasingly over-caffeinated to me. And is it so crazy to like the travelogue tone of the books everyone's complaining about? So kill me if I want to linger in contemplation of beauty.
Yesterday I realised that with the help of Librivox, I could listen to Washington Irving's The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon and play Zelda at the same time, which is just what I did. I wouldn't recommend it for all the stories, but for the sentimental stories or lists of points of interest for nineteenth century Americans curious about England, like "The Widow and her Son" or "Rural Funerals", it's a good route. The readers vary in quality, from Serial Killer to Type Writer. The guy reading "The Spectre Bridegroom" sounds like a guy in charge of a computer lab. There are two versions of the Christmas stories, one from the Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon section and another in its own Old Christmas section. For the first essay, "Christmas", one can choose between a woman reading in clipped monotone in the Geoffrey Crayon section or a guy, in the Old Christmas section, speaking in an oddly hushed and effusive tone, almost a whisper, like a guy on death row supplicating to an uncaring god in the dead of night. But the two women reading in the Old Christmas section have pretty adorable voices and sound remarkably as though they actually care about what they're reading. In particular, I'd recommend the reading of "Christmas Eve" by Kristen McQuillin.