‘Tis time. At long last, the Hobbit is available on DVD . . . and Middle Earth fans everywhere are faced with a terrible quandary.
For a trap has been laid before their feet. A veritable Shelob’s web designed to draw them in and suck the cash from their hands.
A trap called the Extended Edition.
Don’t get me wrong! As an avid Middle Earth fan and collector of all the Lord of the Rings extended editions, I’m thrilled about the chance to see more of the Hobbit. But therein lies the problem. For the regular DVD just became available for sale . . . but the extended edition will not be released until December!
So everyone rushes to buy the regular DVD now – because we’ve already waited months to see dear Bilbo and couldn’t possibly wait another 9 months – and then buys the extended version again in December.
Thus everyone is happy.
The fans: Hooray! We got the extended edition!
And the movie makers: The fans fell for it again!
Clever. Devious. Brilliant.
A trap. And of course, I’m about to fall for it.
Hamlet, upon considering the impossible situation in which all Middle Earth fans now find themselves, burst forth in soliloquy:
To buy, or not to buy: that is the question:
Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer
Pangs of patient endurance ‘til December
reveals the Hobbit extended edition
Or buy now, and buy again? To buy: to wait
No more; and through purchasing at last to end
The heart-ache and the thousands of sleepless nights
That fandom is heir to . . .
Yes, now you can see why I became a novel writer, not a bard like Shakespeare. But the problem so eloquently phrased by Hamlet remains nonetheless.
I’ve fallen in to the trap. I ordered my copy of the Hobbit . . . and I have no doubt, I’ll order it again when the extended version becomes available in December. So I suppose I’m precisely the sort of fan the movie makers were counting upon when they formulated their clever plan. Ah well.
How about you? Shall you choose “to buy, or not to buy?”