The genre that defines our age
Amazon’s new Lord of the Rings show “looks every cent of the billion dollars Jeff Bezos reportedly spent making it”, says James Marriott in The Times. “Steepling cliffs of brilliant blue ice. The white sails of a thousand elven ships crossing a dark ocean.” The whole thing just “feels wealthy” – it’s like stepping into “the Kensington of Middle-earth”. We shouldn’t be surprised. Fantasy has become “the central genre of our time”. The highest grossing film of the century is Avatar, “about a planet full of cyan humanoids with pointy ears”. Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings “made more money and won more Oscars than any film trilogy in history”. Game of Thrones, adapted from George RR Martin’s bestselling books, was a TV phenomenon. Even many of the top video games are “Tolkien-influenced”: The Elder Scrolls, The Witcher, World of Warcraft.