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The Film

Posted by allthatjazmyne on 2006.02.04 at 21:01
Current Mood: pleasedpleased
I finally saw the film this afternoon. It was a tremendously crowded theatre, which honestly surprised me. It was the first time in a long time that there was a stranger sitting right next to me. There was a group sitting a few rows ahead of me that were clearly not familiar with the books, and one of them burst out "Yeah, right!" when Lucy first fell into Narnia.

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Overall, I'm glad I decided that doing the laundry could wait, and that I went to see it.


Happy Birthday, C.S. Lewis!

Posted by rustydog on 2005.11.29 at 23:57
(...because he reads this community? I'm not sure what my logic is in wishing him a happy birthday. But there you go.)

Two Lewis quotes I like, on literature.

  • Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. 

  • Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.

feigenbaum, comfort, rabbit

LWW movie - radio story

Posted by rustydog on 2005.11.22 at 00:11
National Public Radio story "Bringing Narnia to the Screen"
Morning Edition, November 15, 2005 · Disney is poised to release The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, a film based on the fantastical children's books by C.S. Lewis. Kim Masters reports on the journey from book to film and the quirky family behind it.
Interesting points about why it has taken so long to come to Hollywood, how Lewis's family feels about it, and some (minor) things the director thought needed changing from the books.

I'm really getting nervous about seeing a good film version that is not only going to be popular, but also certain to be something I'll like a lot. I've spent so many years with the books in my mind, and it was a very private thing. I've never been involved in any Narnia fandom, and aside from war_drobe and reading the books aloud with my mother on a road trip once in college, I've never even really talked about them with anyone. Looking at my Narnia universe expanding this way is scary. What's it going to be like seeing actors play these people (and creatures)? Looking at the places spreading before me, true life and on a giant screen? It's sure to change my relationship with them.

Is anyone else a bit nervous?

Howdy again, folks! By the schedule, we'd be finishing up Book 5 (The Horse and His Boy) this weekend and starting Book 6 (The Magician's Nephew). I've just finished Book 4, myself, but let's say discussion for The Horse and His Boy is open as well.  Basically, anything you want to say about the first five books at this point, go right ahead, using the usual cut tags.

I guess I'll go ahead and do my Silver Chair comments in this post.

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The Silver Chair

Posted by rustydog on 2005.10.03 at 20:51
Current Mood: excitedexcited
Whoops! According to the schedule, I'm over a week late opening The Silver Chair discussion.  Sorry, y'all! I was running behind myself, and if I may be so bold as to judge by our lack of activity, maybe I'm not the only one? Things start to get busy in the fall, what with school, and all that new television to watch, work, getting our prize chickens ready for the state fair... well, you know. 

I'll continue to reassure you, if anyone needs it, that it's fine.  I know I'm going to continue to run behind, but since one can catch up on these books in a day or two each, I'm not worried.  I'm going to keep the schedule as is (if I remember!) but please feel free to post about any book at any time.  It would probably be good to continue using cuts for plot-y stuff, just to be safe.

So, The Silver Chair.  Have at it!

I have to say I put Dawn Treader aside for a bit, but being a bit ill over the weekend was the perfect opportunity to finish it.  Although I love every book in the Chronicles, if forced to rank my love, I suppose this would have been lower on the list. I wonder now if that had anything to do with the plotting.  It reminds me of Star Trek (especially the original series) in that it's a story of explorers on a series of rather loosely strung adventures.  The plot holding it all together works fine, but it's not as compelling as something with a more tightly-plotted, cohesive arc.

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...And on to The Silver Chair!  (Well, I have to take a short break for Harry Potter.)  I'm awfully excited.  My favorite character is coming up.

Posted by katesti on 2005.09.13 at 14:36
Just wanted to point out these gorgeous gorgeous icons from the trailer that I just stumbled across. So so pretty.

(Also, I'm soooooo behind. I still need to finish Prince Caspian. Woe.)


The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Posted by rustydog on 2005.09.05 at 18:01
Oops, I'm a day late here.  Sorry about that!  Just a note to say that the discussion period for Book 3, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, is now open.  I don't think we've finished with Prince Caspian, so do still feel free to post about that if you're planning to, but Dawn Treader is fair game now as well.  I still need to get this one from the library, but I'm looking forward to it. We won't start Book 4 for another three weeks.

Prince Caspian was my favorite of the books in my youngest years.  I think it had to do with my love of animals and wilderness survival.

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Ad astra per aspera

Prince Caspian thoughts

Posted by astrablue on 2005.08.19 at 16:12
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Current Music: Audioslave - Doesn't Remind Me
Compared to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, I felt that Prince Caspian was chock-full of life lessons. I didn't feel like Lewis was being overwhelmingly preachy, though: he just... presented the lessons through the characters' stories and moved on.

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