James Parker looks at the U.S. obsession with a certain strain of British fantasy:
Has American culture begun to mimic the chronic nostalgia of a certain strain of post-imperial Englishness? Is the embrace of these fantasies part of…. a “longing to possess, again, the infant’s eye?” Or is there something in them that speaks to the moment more clearly than, say, “Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous”? A closer look at “Watership Down” reveals that its vegetarian heroes inhabit a rougher and bloodier reality than is generally remembered: a wartime reality. And it is the fact that he had been to war-rather than his class status or political tendencies-that places Adams in the company of Tolkien and Lewis.