I'm gonna assume you're really well-read, whereas I am not. Maybe that's why your level or critique is so high and I am able to enjoy what you would consider bad. Maybe in the future, when I've read some of the better fantasy books, I will be of the same opinion as you, because from reading through this thread it seems like you've read some of the brilliant fantasy novels of today (I've yet to read Mistborn (which I've started but procrastinated from reading) and Name of the Wind ffs, which is already considered by many as one of, if not the best fantasy book of all time, but for some reason I just don't feel like reading it right now)Mainly the writting. It was poor, hilariously poor. I seriously think that if I try I might come with a better writting. For example Sanderson - who is brilliant at plots and magic system, but only average at writting and dialogues - would look like a master compared to this. And I fecking hate when the narrator tells you that this story is for another time or will happen later or some equally ridiculous bullshit.
Also, despite having many characters, the author doesn't develop any of them. They are all characters with a name, a minimal story (Bilbo and Thorin, others don't even have it) and nothing else. You don't give a shit for any of them. Thorin died, who the feck cares?! On a book which was written good, that would have been an epic moment. I also didn't liked the plot that much and things happened so fast. Smaug dies on what, 3 seconds of fight?!
I found the movies much better and the changes which were made created a better story. Much more details, characters were more deep, etc etc.
Anyway... I'm a massive fan of the fantasy genre, but I'm not a HUGE reader. I've got a lot of books on my to-read list too. But I was wondering if you had any fantasy books you would recommend to me, preferably ones that aren't particularly popular, and maybe something new. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.