Sarlacc, you'll never catch me defending the Nobel "Peace" Prize. Ever. It's one of the biggest shams in history. Do you guys know how the Nobel Peace Prize came to be? The man who invented it, Alfred Nobel, is the man who invented dynamite; which has killed more people than nuclear bombs have, or ever will, almost certainly. When his brother died, a French newspaper mistakenly thought it was Alfred Nobel that died, and published a huge headline that said "The Merchant of Death is Dead", and went on to cast him in quite a disparaging light.
Remember, he was, in reality, a very ruthless man. He built his dynamite manufacturing facilities in slums that had an abundance of cheap labor available because the plants would blow up on occasion, and he could easily replace the labor that way. Oops. In any case, once he realized how history would see him, "ego mode" kicked in and he BOUGHT his way to respectability by establishing the Nobel Peace Prize. Look at how the prize is looked at by the world at large today, and think about how successful his manipulations were. That's not to say it hasn't accomplished good things; it has. Without doubt.
I metaphorically piss on Alfred Nobel's ashes, however.
Now, in regards to making me look like an idiot; don't call me an idiot because you don't understand the difference between comparing authors, and using one to make a point. I did not compare the two authors against each other, I used Meyer to make a point about sales being irrelevant to writing quality. Tolkien and Meyer are wildly different authors, and Tolkien is undoubtedly a better one. You're the one that is looking like an idiot, despite Peaches humping your leg because he can't stand my opinion on Tolkien.
Tolkien does not have bad writing skill; he was an English professor, and it shows. His technical writing ability is superb. However, what in the world
does this have to do with how he tells his tale? I mean, sure, he lacks grammatical mistakes quite well, but that does not make a good story. The definition of "writing" is up for debate; Tolkien had a good story to tell, as I said, but he was not very good at writing it, in my opinion; and I'm far from alone. The vernacular, I did not have a problem with, and it's not merely preference. Making it out like I'm a blithering idiot that has trouble understanding the way LotR is written and that's why I don't like it, because I'm incapable of it, is beneath you, Sarlacc. At least, I would have said so before you stated it...
@Sailor: Yeah, that's the main reason I don't begrudge people like Stephanie Meyer their success. The sales figures and dollars in her bank accounts are impressive, regardless of how they were obtained. That does not mean I have to think she's good at what she does, though.
@Peaches: That's fine. We disagree. I find it amusing that you feel the need to attack books by my favorite author to try and get back at me for bashing Tolkien/LotR, though.