Why Amazon's Lord of the Rings prequel won't be the next Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin's epic saga has three important ingredients that have made the HBO series a hit: suspense, humor and sex. As Johnny Oleksinski points out, the Lord of the Rings prequel will likely be without two of those ingredients, the humor and sex. "Lord of the Rings, as its critical acclaim and Best Picture Oscar will attest, is brilliant," he says. "But remember that it was written by an Oxford-educated linguistics professor, not a late-night comic. While it has its provincial charms — like those of The Great British Bake Off— it’s just not very funny. The Hobbit director Peter Jackson tried to inject some gags into that 2012 film, and fell flat on his face in the process. There are no delectably witty characters like GoT's Tyrion, Olenna or The Hound. Samwell Tarley is a hell of a lot funnier than Samwise Gamgee. As for sex, that first Middle Earth story, The Hobbit, was actually told to Tolkien’s young children as a bedtime story."
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