As I've said before, initially I wasn't particularly interested in seeing a film of The Hobbit. I loved all three LotR films--there again, I loved the novel. But The Hobbit has always felt like a plodding kid's book to me. One day I'll find the time to reread it and figure out why, exactly. After all, it has swords and ponies, magic and dragons--it should be just the kind of thing that works for me. But it didn't.
Meanwhile, Jackson is slowly reeling me in with these video diaries. I think it's a smart move.