The Deepest Possible Magic From Before The Beginning of Time Was Even Considered
May 11th, 2009

The Deepest Possible Magic From Before The Beginning of Time Was Even Considered

Here’s some fun facts about Narnia:

1) CS Lewis was an atheist until pesky old Tolkien converted him

2) When I first read The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe, the character I most associated with was Edmund. This probably shows you that I had massive emotional problems, or that I was a really horrible child. Still, rather him than the other pompous little sods, eh?

3) The 1979 cartoon version of The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe produced by Bill Melendez seemingly has two different versions, one with British accents, and one with American accents. American accents in Narnia? Why not cast an American as John Constantine while you’re about it? Oh…

4) The Narnia books have been decried by both JK Rowling and Philip Pullman, which frankly makes me want to read more Lewis

Bring on The Voyage of The Dawn Treader

5) Lewis has been taken to task because his dark skinned Calormenes are basically Arabs, in much the same way as Tolkien’s Haradrim. Generally depicted as hostile, treacherous and worshipping a “false god”, some writers have cited this as “proof” that they were a couple of racists. But is it useful to apply today’s attitudes to the work of writers who grew up in the first decades of the twentieth century? I suspect not. Besides, both races seem to be more based on an Arabian Nights/Sindbad storybook idea of middle eastern cultures, rather than any factual or historic basis. And anyway, the Telmarines were mostly a bunch of gits as well.

6) Admittedly, the whole thing about Susan is really fucked up and random

7) But not as fucked up as the stuff with the ape and the donkey

In conclusion, CS Lewis might actually not be that great a writer, but he can do “dreamlike” like nobody’s business.


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