When I was in high school, we called those books "Bored of the Rings." The films didn't change anything for me at all.
More boring television -- how about endless repeats of shows like "House Hunters" and "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives?" I Most of the channels seem to just repeat the same show all day long. That pest control guy can be pretty funny for one episode, but not for 4 hours!
I just called the cable company and cancelled my cable television. I can watch anything I want on the internet, and there is a lot more choice.