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Returning to Narnia

Updated on April 7, 2011
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Twenty-five years on...

It has been rather a long time since I was first in Narnia. I thought about revisiting that magical place when my seven-year-old son recently became interested in the books. I remembered that I had been seven myself on the Christmas when those most precious of books had been given to me. I even remember the circumstances vividly: my mum had sent my dad out on Christmas Eve to buy me an extra present because my pile of gifts seemed a little small compared to my brother’s. My dad was off into town for his usual Christmas Eve drink at The Blue Anchor, so it was not at all guaranteed that he would remember to buy me the extra present.* But remember he did, just as he was leaving the pub, happily for me. By chance he happened to find the most wonderfully beautiful boxed set of treasures and did not stop to look at the price, thankfully – probably he could not read the price, in his sozzled state, and a good thing too, because in his right mind he would never have handed over so much cash. My mum almost had a heart attack when she saw how much he had spent, but I think she was secretly pleased. She would have wanted me to have the books, but she would never have bought them herself, as they cost more than the week’s shopping budget. In 1984 we are talking roughly £10, a lot of money to us then.

For a long time I did not read the books. I think that I was intimidated by them. I had never possessed such beautiful things, and I was in awe of them. I really wanted to dive in and read them all without stopping, but I wanted the time to be right I think. But eventually, I did read them, when I was nine. It took me two years to pluck up the courage to introduce myself to Aslan. But oh! when I did! It was like nothing I had ever read. It was the first time I had heard of fauns, or centaurs, or dryads, or satyrs, the first time I had read about swords fights, or good versus evil, or indeed fantasy. It changed my life, just a little. I would have discovered fantasy at some point, but this was a defining moment I think. Wherever I have been during the course of my life so far, living in different houses, being a student at university, building my own bookcase in my own house, my Narnia boxed set has always been on display. I have always been able to find it in a moment, have never had to search for it at the bottom of a packing box, have never worried over it being lost in a house move. It is very precious to me. And yet, I only actually read the books once. Shocking, I know. It looks like a set of books that have been read many times over, so worn are the corners of the box, so cracked are the spines of each book. But no, once only. Why I read it just the once I cannot tell. Perhaps I told myself that I needed to save it as a reward for reading loftier books, as I now do with others of my favourites: Anne of Green Gables, Harry Potter, Discworld novels, anything by Jane Austen (possibly trash to you, but treasures one and all to me - you choose your treasures, and I'll choose mine.)

Well, I had not read anything intellectual this year, but I had it in my mind to read my Narnia books. I tried to read the Pickwick Papers first, so that I might be justified in rewarding myself; but the Pickwick Papers is an enormous book and after two or three chapters, during the reading of which my eye kept flicking over to that boxed set of delights, my resolve wavered terribly and I gave in.

I carefully and reverentially slid the first book of the seven from the box: The Magician’s Nephew. It seemed almost to crackle and fizz with magic as it lay in my upturned palms, and as I gazed at it I was more than a little convinced that the deep buzzing in my ears might be coming from the raw energy of Narnia reawakening inside the fusty pages. And was that the sound of Narnian voices tentatively testing the vibrations in the air for the possibility of a willing imagination come to kindle the flames of life for them once more?

Why the films always begin at The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe I do not know. The Magician’s Nephew tells the story of the creation of Narnia, and it has always been one of my favourite books. I have always loved the concept of the yellow and green rings, and always wished that I could have them in my possession, to flit back and forth to the Wood Between the Worlds whenever I wished. I cannot understand why this book is always overlooked. I entertained the possibility of it being brought to life on celluloid when I first heard that the Chronicles were being made as films again a few years ago, but I suspected that some of the books would be omitted as usual. They were. The Horse and His Boy is the other casualty, alas - though perhaps, this omission is understandable, considering the blatant racism displayed in the entire book; although I cannot help but think that a team with imagination could have eradicated all traces of this from the story and made it more palatable to a modern audience. We will never know. We shall see whether The Silver Chair and The Last Battle make the cut.

I have now come to the end of my rereading of the Chronicles of Narnia.  And might I say that I found them to be more beautiful this time than they were the first time. Age and a little bit of wisdom has had a strange effect on me when it comes to rereading the novels of my childhood, and a new poignancy has been added to the mix. When I read these books as a child, I loved them, and I was sad to finish them. But now there is something more, something deeper, something that screams out for my childhood to return, and mourns for its loss, something that is saddened by the arrow of time travelling in one direction only. We cannot go back, really. This message rings very clear in the Narnia books, particularly in the final chapter, The Last Battle. Of course, this is ridiculous in real life, because my childhood is not lost at all, it is still with me, embedded deeply in my personality, and will be there until I die I don’t doubt. And in any case it is only a concept: there is nothing in the rule book of life that tells us to stop playing at a certain age, and growing up is just something we do because we’re told to by other people who have left childhood behind. Yes, of course, with age come certain responsibilities, but they need take nothing away from our inner child. Work can be done, bills can be paid, but in our spare time we are still free to climb trees, to build dens, to pretend to be pirates if we so choose. The sadness that strikes me when I come to the end of books such as these is only temporary. I always find that I am able to move on, and find something else to be childish about.

I was struck this time around by how blatantly religious and analogous to some of the Bible stories these Narnian tales are. I had heard of some of the debates surrounding the Chronicles, but had never paid much attention to them. My attitude was to think something along the lines of 'Aslan is supposed to be Jesus? Pah! How ridiculous, of course he isn't!' As a child who was brought up almost without any religion (I heard the Bible stories at school, and was told that I believed in God) the direct representation of Jesus as Aslan went completely over my head. Narnia as Heaven was a concept that I didn’t spot at all. The dwarves who represented atheists, wicked and selfish, entering Heaven and seeing nothing but darkness because they chose not to believe in Aslan/God, were just silly ignorant mythical beings to me. I had no idea that everything in Narnia was there by clever design, intended to show me the Christian Light. Now I see it plainly, it is all so obvious. But dressed up as the stories are, in their interestingly and contradictorily pagan clothes, with their solstices and festivals and feasts, nothing is taken away from the them for me. I love them still, and who knows that they may even be the richer because I understand the motivation behind them. Those deeper meanings, that were hidden from me when I was nine, have added their voices to the many that already clamoured for my attention when I decided to pick up my beloved books once more. I was ready to listen to Tumnus the faun, to Prince Caspian, to feel Lucy’s sadness at the realization that she would never see Narnia again, to experience her joy when she returns at the last. I do not believe in God, or in Heaven, but I cannot find it in myself to feel annoyance at C.S. Lewis for lecturing me, for making me an ignorant dwarf in his fictional world and casting me down into the blackness. I see what he was trying to tell me, I assess it, and then I, in my magnanimity (were I permitted to use an emoticon in my hub, I would insert a smiley face with a wink here, to show that I am only teasing,) allow it to enrich the experience. After all, were it not for Christianity, Narnia would not exist at all.

I am also aware of the controversy that the books caused, and continue to cause, with regards to their undisguised anti-Arab racism, and their depiction of Arabs, who are represented by the Calormenes, as Satan worshippers. These ideas are disturbing indeed, and I am saddened by them. There can be no denying that C.S. Lewis's views on these subjects are written out for all to see. But what am I to do with this? Am I to allow this one flaw, albeit a major one, to prevent me from enjoying a beautiful work of fiction that is otherwise flawless to me? I think not. I am not racist, but I recognise the racism, so I can consider it, weigh it, and then put it away. As a lover of epic fantasy, I feel I am within my rights to do this. And actually, I am now wondering just how racist Lewis actually was, since he wrote an interracial marriage into the story - the two main characters of The Horse and His Boy, one fair skinned and one dark, do marry and produce heirs of mixed race. Just something to ponder...

There has also been much debate on Lewis's degrading depiction of the female characters. Personally I do not subscribe to the view that Lewis's portrayal of girls was sexist. Indeed, Lucy Pevensie is by far the strongest and bravest character in the whole story. Jill Pole, Aravis Tarkheena, Polly Plummer, all very strong and independent ladies, who do as much rescuing as they are rescued. Far be it from me to disagree with such revered novelists as J.K. Rowling, and Philip Pullman, but disagree I do. The Chronicles of Narnia do not present themselves to me as sexist. Not at all. They are refreshingly balanced in this regard.

The enduring joy that I gain from Narnia is in the strong sense it gives me of my childhood still being with me whenever I need it – I do not have to let go of that if I do not want to. Seven small novels are all that exist of Narnia, and I am sad to reach the end of them. But ah! what is it that we know as adults that we never know as children? That we can read the stories again whenever we like – that we can return to the beginning, and our fictional worlds can be reborn, in a never ending cycle.

Ouroboros Narnia, I will return to you one day in the not very distant future.

The Magician’s Nephew

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

The Horse and His Boy

Prince Caspian

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The Silver Chair

The Last Battle


*My dad was not, and is not, an alcoholic. Drinking on Christmas Eve was what blokes did in those days; drinking on Saturday afternoons, and on Sundays was also common, as was chips-with-everything, HP sauce, eating our tea on our knees in front of the telly when watching Saturday afternoon wrestling and darts.

The Magician's Nephew has a special place for me, because it is much underestimated. It stands alone as a wonderful story, to my mind. The character of Uncle Andrew is hideous, and was the first character I can remember feeling truly afraid of. When the Chronicles of Narnia begin with the second book I think they are sorely lacking a proper beginning; this book is that perfect beginning, whatever you think of Creation Theory.

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Undoubtedly the most famous of the Chronicles, and possibly for good reason. I love it for its Christmassy atmosphere, its Turkish Delight, and its shameless adaptation of the story of the Crucifixion alongside the inclusion of a jolly old Father Christmas (who is purposely and Englishly not called Santa Claus.)

The Horse and His Boy is probably relatively unknown, which is a great shame as it is a lovely book.  It introduces the reader to the land to the East of Narnia, known as Calormen.  Some of the characters and situations might reveal a rather racist side to C.S. Lewis's writing, but we might allow him the benefit of the doubt and consider that he was writing at a time (only sixty years ago, mind) when such attitudes were more commonplace.

Prince Caspian is beautiful. My only criticism of this book is its length, as I could very happily have read twice as much. The prince, like all of Lewis's heroes, is gentlemanly in the extreme, as good as it is possible for one man to be, but fortunately for him he is also likeable. This book is deliciously Narnian, with a good helping of Talking Beasts, most notably in the form of Reepicheep the most excellent and honourable mouse.  

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is a joy.  This book just flows beautifully, and I reached the end of it before I realised I was even close to it.  With a refreshing nautical theme, the fresh air is almost tangible in this book, and it feels lovely to come out of the Narnian woods for a spell.  My only criticism of this book are the Dufflepuds.  They are a silly creature too far for me.

When I said that I loved the Chronicles, I was not actually being truthful.  I do not love The Silver Chair, and this is perhaps because it is the least Narnian of the books.  There is not much of Narnia in it, the story is very weak, and it does not help to progress the larger story at all.  If you had to miss out one of the books then this would be it.  I like it, but I do not love it.

Blatantly religious, blatantly racist, blatantly anti-atheist, but still I love The Last Battle.  It reminds us of what we loved about Narnia at its creation in the first book, and brings the Chronicles to a beautiful and satisfactory conclusion.  Some say that Susan Pevensie is banished because she has discovered her sexual urges - however, I prefer to believe that she is banished because she has simply grown up and forgotten about Narnia.  Silly woman.

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      Linda Rawlinson 6 years ago from Lancaster, UK

      I think that Aslan told us in The Last Battle that the place he took them all too was the true Narnia, that place that we might call Heaven if we'd lived on Earth. The Narnia that we see throughout the books is certainly not Heaven, and yes, it is another world created by Aslan (Jesus Christ) - but then we know that the Peter, Edmund and Lucy (and their parents) have died, and this true Narnia (Heaven) is where they are brought to, and where they will remain for Eternity. This is what it all seemed like to me when I read it. We're told that Susan did not return to Narnia in the Last Battle because she had lost her faith, but I also think that it's because she had not been on the train with her brothers and sister when it had crashed - she did not die with them.

      I agree with you about Father Christmas - that bit did seem a bit silly. I can see that Lewis used him to give the children the gifts, but that could have been done by some other character; any mythical creature could have given them.

      The Horse and His Boy isn't particularly anything to do with Narnia, except that it's got a couple of talking horses in it, and a fleeting glimpse of the Children. I can't really tell you why I like it - I just do :)

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment - appreciate it.

      Linda.

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      ruffridyer 6 years ago from Dayton, ohio

      I don't believe Narnia represented Heaven. It was just another world created by Aslan,[Jesus Christ]. Worlds without end. Susan didn't return to Narnia in the Last Battle because she lost her Faith. Not endering to the end. I didn't like the addition of Father Christmas. In a world of Talking animals and centaurs, sayters and griffins He still seemed out of place, ha.

      I too don't care much for the silver chair, I don't get the point behind it. I also don't care much for the boy and his horse. Maybe I am missing something. Anyway I enjoyed your review.

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      Linda Rawlinson 6 years ago from Lancaster, UK

      Ah, someone has said so, at last :) Yes, I love these covers too, and they seem to be rather rare. I don't know anyone else who has this set, which is strange to me because they're the only covers!

      Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment :)

      Linda.

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      KRadke 6 years ago from New England

      Odd, I know, but I love the covers! I have never seen them before. Thank you so much for sharing them!

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      Linda Rawlinson 6 years ago from Lancaster, UK

      Thank you for reading my hub, and for taking the time to comment Highvoltage :)

      Linda.

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      William Benner 6 years ago from Savannah GA.

      Fantasic take on some wonderful books, thank you for your insights!

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      Linda Rawlinson 6 years ago from Lancaster, UK

      I find that rather fascinating, Professor, that we can read and reread our own pieces several times and still miss glaring mistakes. It has happened to me lots of times in hubs that I think are perfect, but when my partner reads them after they've been published he often spots several errors - I have lots of those 'aww, shucks' moments!

      TPWS is a super site, by the way, Prof. It's packed full of very useful stuff - I like the games :D :D :D

      Linda.

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      Aka Professor M 6 years ago

      @LAdy Wordsmith: People are human and humans, being the flawed creatures they are, make mistakes. The use of American English as opposed to British English can and will add spice to the job of editing for sure!

      However in rereading our own work, our minds often read what we think is written, rather than what is actually written. SO editing improves the accuracy because of someone else reading it fresh and finding those mistakes.

      That is why a good editor is a far better judge for your piece than you are. They are already looking at it with a greater attention to each detail for the sake of accuracy!

      That being said I look forward to your scrutiny, Linda!I am sure that the site will only benefit from another proven writer's skillful assessing of it's content! Regards Aka Professor M!(Mike) ;D

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      Linda Rawlinson 6 years ago from Lancaster, UK

      How very cool; I will get the DVD later in the year and sit very close to our big screen, thumb poised over the pause button!

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      ZozieM 6 years ago from London, UK

      No, sadly I didn't get the call to be a Pirate Wench with Sir Johnny the Depp *sigh*. But you can play a Where's Wally type game with me in Trafalgar Square during Marvels forthcoming outing of lycra clad superhero types this summer.

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      Linda Rawlinson 6 years ago from Lancaster, UK

      Well Professor, I rarely see any mistakes worth mentioning when I read your words (we are all subject to the odd bit of mild chagrin that can be induced by a typographical error!) But I will cast my expert eye over your site (ha ha!) and inform you of any changes that need to be made ;)

      All good wishes,

      Linda.

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      Linda Rawlinson 6 years ago from Lancaster, UK

      Zoe,

      You always get to see my favourites! Ben Barnes is lovely - in appearance of course, I wouldn't know if he's a nice guy, not being one of those privileged actors such as yourself who is able to tread the ... err, concrete with such glittering stars. Luke Roberts was my other screen candy. I believe he will make an appearance in the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie - you're not in that as well are you??

      Lx.

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      Aka Professor M 6 years ago

      I had an inkling as to your editorial skill based on the quality of your review. The ability to spot the errors will stand you in good stead doing these reviews, Linda!

      A keen eye for detail always improves the quality of any piece! The editors can indeed make or break the story by the way they perceive it's plot line. I look forward to your critiquing of my site when next you visit. Regards Lady Wordsmith from Aka Professor M!(Mike) ;D

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      ZozieM 6 years ago from London, UK

      Films of books rarely meet the standard set by the original - you can get so much more on the page than the stage. I haven't got round to watching the series beyond LWW yet - although I have been on the same film set as Prince Caspian himself. Not that I got to speak with Mr Barnes, you understand, but I did get a few seconds centre screen in a particularly horrendous 1918 war widows get up!

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      Linda Rawlinson 6 years ago from Lancaster, UK

      Thanks for reading Zoe!

      I think the films got better as they went along. LWW was okay, but I wasn't thrilled by it, for some reason. Prince Caspian I did enjoy very much, and Dawn Treader was even better. But I'm still to see any film adaptation that really lives up to the standard set by the books. I don't suppose anyone will try again for a very long time.

      Linda.

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      Linda Rawlinson 6 years ago from Lancaster, UK

      I see what you mean Professor. I have listed your blog site on my own blog, and dip into it from time to time - it is very useful, and I've only scratched the surface of it, I'm sure. I've yet to read your latest post, but I think I'm going to find it helpful (when writing becomes challenging - I'm in one of those hazy writing fugs at the moment!)

      My own experience of editing and proof reading comes from a magazine that I typed up articles for when I worked at our local university. The magazine was an academic one, called 'Medieval English Theatre' and contained articles written by English and History academics from all over the world. My job was to type up the articles, but I was given some small responsibility in proof reading at the same time - typing up the work of these academics usually involved correcting their grammar and punctuation, and even spelling fairly frequently. I enjoyed that job immensely, and learned so much.

      Thanks Professor.

      Linda.

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      ZozieM 6 years ago from London, UK

      Finally got round to reading this (I know, I know, bad friend, *hangs-head-in-shame*).

      Must get round to re-reading Narnia myself, although I will have to buy them first. I never had my own copy, but would sneak into my sisters room to nab hers!

      One of the cutest filmgoing experiences I have ever had was when I nipped into the Vue on Leicester Square to see LWW. Not because of the film, you understand, but the seven year old boy in the row in front who declared, loudly, to his mother/aunt/nanny, that "This is silly and wrong. The Magicians Nephew comes first, they should have started with that one" and then sulked through the trailers, right up until the moment the first character appeared on screen. Bless him!

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      Aka Professor M 6 years ago

      That comment is based on the way I interpret the article presented, Lady Wordsworth! My unique perspective on the content and it's impact, comes from a finely honed editorial sense of reader acceptance.

      I, as the Editor and Publisher, am solely responsible for that content being shown to my site's readership! I am use to proof reading all the articles which I have submitted for publication on my blog site!

      Being able to critique has both good and bad qualities, where others work is concerned. The good is that I can spot the mistakes rather quickly and show the author them with suggestions on better ways to get their points across.

      The Bad is that not everyone appreciates their hard work being corrected! The TPWS site has grown because those who are published, have realized the benefits that good editing can do for any work.

      Sometimes a second set of eyes coming from a fresh perspective, can easily pick out those annoying spelling, grammatical and punctuation gaffs which everyone makes.

      So when I comment here on writing matters, now you know where my critiquing ability comes from, Linda! You've seen The Professor's Write Site and know where of I speak. LOL!

      Linda,You have earned your praise and the comment is given as well as it was received! Regards Professor M! (Mike) ;D

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      Linda Rawlinson 6 years ago from Lancaster, UK

      Professor, you do write a good comment! I am humbled, truly, by your compliments. This is only my second book review, (I published a third recently, on John Drake's work) and I am nervous when I publish them as I feel as though I'm putting more of my opinion into a public arena than I do with any other kind of hub. I suppose that the reason for that is because readers may disagree with me, and may have their own vastly different opinions on some of my favourite books. But of course, that would be wonderful - debate is always welcome :)

      I have a faint glimmer of a memory of seeing footage of 'Walt Disney Presents', but I cannot clearly recall his style and presence. I will use that wonder of the modern world, YouTube, to see if I can see what you saw when you read this hub. Such a compliment! Thank you so much Professor. I can't tell you what a boost this comment has given me at the end of a rather stressful day :D

      I'm humbled by your words today Professor, truly.

      Linda.

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      Aka Professor M 6 years ago

      If one were to be said to be at home with any facet of writing, then Lady Wordsmith, the artistry of book review writing is most definitely your milieu. I read this with an eye for the detail, composition and the sheer impact of the hub.

      What I found was such passion, intensity, personality and even professionalism remarkably displayed from start to finish. Well done! I am impressed to the point that I was Immediately reminded of the late "Walt Disney" himself.

      I recalled the drama, spectacle and anticipation as he appeared on the television in his "Walt Disney Presents" before it became the "Wonderful World of Disney" shows for Sunday telecasts.

      You caught us with that style of a Walt Disney like intro and led us, your audience into your own personal world. There you showed us your memories, vision and then told us a story as only a good storyteller can.

      That is no mean feat,Linda yet you did it so effortlessly and from what I've read above the others enjoyed as I did! Great Work! Excellent Hub! Voting this up for sure! ;D

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      Linda Rawlinson 6 years ago from Lancaster, UK

      I am such an air head sometimes. Lately I have been doing very stupid things, like putting my kettle away in the fridge, and going off into day dreams when I'm driving and missing the green light, and forgetting to pass on very important messages. Sometimes I can be capable of demonstrating great wisdom (yeah, alright, laugh it up!), whereas other times (like, most of the time) I am a right dumb ass!

      I know how to spell Phoebe, I do, I just had a slip of the hand or summat.

      Lx.

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      Twilight Lawns 6 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Linda, your friend must be glad that her friend isn't mine, the person I take the piss out of and call the 'Poet Laureate'. He spells it "Feebie", or something similar..

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      Linda Rawlinson 6 years ago from Lancaster, UK

      Noooooooooooooo!! Phoebe, I'm so sorry for misspelling your name! That's unforgiveable, and I'm very ashamed, especially in view of the magnificent comment you gave me. I can only use the excuses of tiredness and sore fingers.

      Many apologies Phoebe.

      Linda.

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      Linda Rawlinson 6 years ago from Lancaster, UK

      Goodness, Pheobe. Thank you very much for that incredibly kind comment. I'm pleased that you liked this hub. I don't think I can best it though, so I'm not sure I'll write any more!!!

      Linda.

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      Phoebe Pike 6 years ago

      I absolutely LOVED this hub! I can't wait to read more of your thoughts. This was well-written, interesting and beyond any expectations I have ever had to any hubber. Amazing work!

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      Linda Rawlinson 6 years ago from Lancaster, UK

      Thank you epi, thank you. I have retained much of my innocence actually - some might say that I am naive, and I would agree. I'm not worldy wise at all, but that doesn't mean I haven't got plenty to say. I suppose that as long as we're honest about our opinions and don't try to make out that we're cleverer than we are, there should never be a moment in our writing when we say to ourselves 'ooh dear, I can't write that, what would people think?!' And I think that it's my childlike propensities that allow me to think about my writing that way. Perhaps. I don't really know though, cuz I am just an 'umble lass who likes words really!

      Lx.

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ......my my my what a lovely writer you are - and yes the entire world is your domain ....... and I always try to retain my childlike instincts, if you will, and my childlike psyche - I really do think when a writer can compose freely and not self consciously he/she has really succeeded - not many can do it because the adult mind always intervenes .... and let's face it once we grow up we lose a great deal of our innocence - always a key factor to unlocking my uninhibited mind!

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      Linda Rawlinson 6 years ago from Lancaster, UK

      I agree Catherine, The Magician's Nephew is the perfect place to start, it's a wonderful beginning. Quite right, that reader, for telling C.S. Lewis off! I love Pullman too, His Dark Materials is the work of a genius, truly. Yes, I felt that hope too. I have his latest book, the Jesus one, the name of which I cannot remember, lol, but I haven't had chance to read it yet. I'm looking forward to that.

      I guess you don't need a degree. My degree ain't worth nowt anyhow, it's the lovely memories that I cherish, more than the qualification.

      Both fans, you dafty, you've got loads of fans :D

      Lx.

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      Twilight Lawns 6 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      I love Daft, Linda. I have so many units for doing a degree... but I haven't even (?) got a BA. I had a very successful teaching career. I never became a Head or a Deputy, but I did what I enjoyed most, and that was Teaching. So, do I need a degree? I am having trouble keeping up with BOTH my fans on HP and I'm not getting any further with my writing... I don't think I have the time.

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      Catherine D 6 years ago

      Hey linda.

      loved reading that!

      I don't know how many of the books are planned to be filmed (I think it's intended that they all will, but obviously it only takes one flop) Re order, LWW was the first to be published and CS Lewis always recommended it be read before the magician's nephew. There's a bit in some accompanying book I've got that I dug out of a dusty box just recently about one of his readers telling him off for that, that he thought magician's nephew was the correct place to start :) The magic rings were maybe my favourite bit.

      personally I think pullman moralises more but then I like his morals ;) Love Dark materials, not least Lee Scoresby - his final scene gives me hope beyond what any religion has offered so far!

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      Linda Rawlinson 6 years ago from Lancaster, UK

      You're just too kind, you really are!

      Are you going to finish your degree that you mentioned a little while ago? I was being a bit daft about your poetry yesterday, but it really is lovely, you are very talented too.

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      Twilight Lawns 6 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Yes, it is Ian, and I am not being silly, but when you do your O.U. Masters, if you write with such clarity and interest, you should sail through.

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      Linda Rawlinson 6 years ago from Lancaster, UK

      Ian (I am saying Ian tentatively, because I have not said it before, and I am only a little bit sure that that is your name!), thank you so much for that comment. I'll admit, a little shyly, that I was quite pleased with this hub - it turned out better than I expected it to.

      There are a few disappointing film adaptations of these books, and it always boggles my mind to know why they were made at all. I don't think it's necessarily a huge budget that's needed, but certainly imagination is, and imagination that can create just the right kind of 'feel' for Narnia. If it doesn't 'feel' like Narnia, then there's no point.

      That's right Darlene, some books are just special for personal reasons and they remain so forever. But Darski, there is nothing about you on HubPages that seems old! You do not come across as old at all, your writing is so fresh and youthful in its outlook. Read that book, read it! Thanks Darski :)

      Linda.

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      Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Yes my dear friend, these are truly awesome books, what a great review. For any holiday or special moment to buy for a child, or adult for that matter. I still remember the first book I ever read it was simply my favorite. I have saved books all my life for the very reason of finding the perfect time to read them...I stopped reading The Clan of the Cave Bear because the last book would come to an end, and to this day I still have not read it and I am old, I might never read it if I don't do it soon. rate this up great hub love & peace darski

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      Twilight Lawns 6 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Linda, I have just read one of the most entertaining and enlightening hubs since I joined HP. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Voted UP and AWESOME.

      Beautifully written, my friend. I have only enjoyed 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'... I say, "enjoyed" because I have read a couple of others, 'Prince Caspian' and another, but for the hell of it I cannot remember which.

      I only recently bought the DVDs of the Narnia Chronicles, thinking for some reason that they would be the ones showing at the cinema, now. I have never been so disappointed in anything EVER. I didn't even watch all of them, and I am still a child.

      Oh well. Looks like I reread the books... I will follow your suggestions, however.