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Narnia [Oct. 26th, 2005|11:17 am]
Tony Grist
The trailer for The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe makes it look just like LOTR.

Same gorgeous New Zealand landscapes.

I used to want to visit New Zealand. I don't any more. It's so fuckin' empty.

Somehow or other I've managed not to read the Narnia books. I don't quite understand how this happened. But I've dipped into them in adulthood and not noticed any stardust. Lewis talks down to kids, he's so goddam preachy...

...And he's very 1950s (see last entry.)

I've read other books by Lewis. I enjoyed The Great Divorce. But, as with other "religious" writers, he leaves me with a taste in my mouth like I've been sucking on a horseshoe- a sour, metallic taste. He doesn't trust his own perceptions and feelings, but dresses up in pretty images the cold, nasty, unfelt doctrines he's been showered with from some Northern Irish pulpit.

He says in his Autobiography that his favourite mythology was the Norse, followed by the Greek, with the Judaeo-Christian coming in a poor third, but because he believed, against his aesthetic instincts, that the Judaeo-Christian mythology was true, he opted to become a believer.

Keats would have set him right on that- "Beauty is truth, truth beauty...."

But Lewis was an establishment man through and through. He went where he perceived the power to be.


From: minnesattva
2005-10-26 06:36 am (UTC)
I read a lot of stuff when I was too young for it. My reading level was quite a bit ahead of my age, and I had no real experiences that didn't come from a book; I didn't understand a lot of what I read, and I retain only vague memories of it. I remember reading the Narnia books (most of them, at least) but I know I didn't get much out of them. I paged through one as a teenager, seeing it in the home of the kids I was babysitting, and it was just Christian symbolism and thus bored me.

I don't get to see movies these days. :-) But even if I did, I wouldn't want to see this one. Then, I saw the Lord of the Rings movies only as social events with my much-more-obsessed friends. (At least there's something I can get into there. In my Old English class, someone recognized a line from the poem we were translating as something a king says before a huge battle in the movie, so I went home to watch my roommate's copy of the movie and see that myself. I do like that Tolkien seems my kind of geek, just multiplied by a million.)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-10-26 09:08 am (UTC)
I've leafed through copies of the Narnia books my kids left lying around the house. The writing struck me as pretty thin.

Tolkien is a much weightier writer. He's serious about "world-making" and Lewis isn't. Like you, I found the movies dull.
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