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November 22nd, 2012
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Six days to go

And it's all a bit fraught, really. Between PETA leaping for publicity on the back of allegations of animal abuse associated with the filming, followed by one reporter's invite to the premier being rescinded for filing too many negative stories and then reinstated, quite possibly after the publicist responsible was reminded that blacklists are not how we do things in this part of the South Pacific. Then we have various whinging or celebrating Courtenay Place Cafe owners, and the Tolkien estate up in arms about Middle Earth themed digital slot machines. It feels like being in a room full of overtired toddlers on Christmas eve.

Six days to go. Well six days and another two movies.

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From:siliconshaman
Date:November 22nd, 2012 12:09 pm (UTC)
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As my daughter [who's a fan btw] remarked, "New Zealand might as well give up and rename themselves Middle Earth, because that's all anyone else is going to remember them for from now on."

Not sure if she's right, but the rebanding is getting pretty thick on the ground you have to admit.
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From:dianavilliers
Date:November 23rd, 2012 02:48 am (UTC)
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ISTR that NZ sees a bigger number of tourists from rugby events than from Hobbit related activities, whatever spin the marketers put on it.

It seems that the fannish niche is still a niche, however fond we may be of it.
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From:wcg
Date:November 22nd, 2012 03:45 pm (UTC)
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It is a bit difficult, living in a place that has its own distinctive character overlaid onto a rich history of myth and legend.
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From:dianavilliers
Date:November 22nd, 2012 09:58 pm (UTC)
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At least Texas gets to have it's own rich history of myth and ledgend. We've kinda ended up with this stray Viking-via-the-Lake-District one grafted on, as it were.

It's not really that, anyway. It's just the feeling that everywhere you turn, there's some undignified jostling for someones 15 minutes or 15 dollars on the back of it all.
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From:wcg
Date:November 22nd, 2012 11:26 pm (UTC)
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Oh, that would be more like Tucson, or Old Tucson anyway, a construct created by the movie industry to portray the Old West as it never was.

The one thing Texas has going for it is that underneath all the bluster and BS, there's something real. But I thought that was true of your lovely islands too.
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From:dianavilliers
Date:November 23rd, 2012 03:57 am (UTC)
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But I thought that was true of your lovely islands too.

I don't think you're wrong there, but damned if I can put into words what that might be.
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From:tyellas
Date:November 22nd, 2012 08:30 pm (UTC)
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It feels like being in a room full of overtired toddlers on Christmas eve.

That's it exactly!
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From:tatjna
Date:November 22nd, 2012 09:21 pm (UTC)
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Hehe, I've been paying no attention at all, so thanks for the headsup.
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