June 02, 2005



You guys have all dropped by Chocolate and Peanut Butter, haven't you? It's a joint blog run by two lovely ladies of my real-life acquaintance, Marjorie and Anne.

Today, Marjorie makes a pretty safe bet about your humble Llama's upcoming movie viewing. I've been watching the development of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe with some interest. As any regular reader of this site knows, I am extremely open-minded when it comes to screenplay adaptations of favorite books, so I am eager to see what becomes of this one. [Ed. - We're monitoring you, y'know.] Wha-? Oh, right. Well, the truth of the matter is that I am growing rather apprehensive that the producers are going to go overboard with a LOTR treatment of the thing and ruin it. On the other hand, they swear they aren't cutting out the religious allegory (which is really the whole point of the book, after all), so perhaps the movie will be worthwhile after all. We'll see.


Posted by Robert at June 2, 2005 11:35 AM

I've been meaning to blog about this for about two weeks. I saw the trailer for it when I saw Star Wars and I am now cautiously optimistic. It looked like they are getting the "look and feel" right. No guarantees on the religious subtext, though, because Disney is involved.
Aslan will probably interject the occasional "Only the White Witch deals in absolutes" line, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Posted by: The Colossus at June 2, 2005 11:47 AM

I saw the trailer, too, and I thought it looked great. I am cautiously optimistic - but so far, it looked good.

Not too digital, too - at least not what I saw. The first glimpse of the lamppost in the snow is pretty much exactly how I pictured it in the book, in my head, when I first read it many years ago.

Posted by: red at June 2, 2005 12:10 PM

And remember, though - CS Lewis himself wasn't all that insistent on seeing it as an allegory, and he always tried to joke his theological friends out of reading too much into it. It's all THERE, anyway - especially in the character of Aslan ... I remember just sobbing when he 'died' - I couldn't believe it! But allegory should be subtle, especially if you want the story to work - and so I actually hope they don't try to make it into some big allegory, and just tell a great and fantastical tale.

Posted by: red at June 2, 2005 12:12 PM

Oh, I agree about that - the allegory is more of a backdrop than anything else, but as you say, it's there. I certainly wouldn't want the story to be turned into a giant Bible-thumping exercise. On the other hand, the concern was that Disney would be so worried about offending large chunks of its potential market that it might try to expunge the theme altoghether. As I say, everything I've read insists that this isn't going to happen.

But my main worry, as I say, is that there is going to be too much emphasis on the effects - scary monsters and the like - and not enough on the story itself.

Posted by: Robert the LB at June 2, 2005 12:23 PM

The preview was impressive.

And I never read these books - should I? Or are they best enjoyed as a child.

Posted by: Bill from INDC at June 2, 2005 12:24 PM

I actually didn't read them until after college.
An old girlfriend gave me a Lewis Anthology that had LW&W in it, along with several serious works and one of his sci-fi stories, and I just went on from there.

Even if you're coming in late, I still think it's worthwhile to do so.

Posted by: Robert the LB at June 2, 2005 12:36 PM

Oh Bill - they are AWESOME books. Not just for kids, definitely not. :)

Posted by: red at June 2, 2005 12:36 PM

Wait, wait, wait -

You had a girlfriend?

Posted by: Bill from INDC at June 2, 2005 12:57 PM

Yeah, well, until her meds kicked in anyway.

Posted by: Robert the LB at June 2, 2005 01:04 PM

I cry whenever Aslan appears in the stories.

Definitely read the books, regardless of age -- I only recently read them. I love the religious allegory, I'm not all that into fantasy, though, so I lose interest -- I bailed on Voyage of the Dawn Treader pretty early.

Oh, but read them in order of publication, not in what would be the chronological order of the storyline -- I think they've been 're-ordered' in more recent marketing that begin the series with The Magician's Nephew -- don't do it, start with LW&W and go based on pub date. I'm sure Rob can provide you with the needed info...

Posted by: Marjorie at June 2, 2005 01:18 PM

Oh, I loved VotDT.... Reepicheep's my favorite character aside from Aslan. But absolutely I agree with Marjorie regarding the order of reading.

Posted by: Brian B at June 2, 2005 01:50 PM

OK, I know I've expressed my cautious optimism here, but naturally, I take a rather more cynical view on my site . . .

Posted by: The Colossus at June 2, 2005 02:16 PM

I didn't read them until I was reading them with my kids. At the end of Book Six, when King Caspian dies, I just lost it.

They are truly beautiful books.

Posted by: Steve the LLamabutcher at June 2, 2005 02:21 PM

I've read them in publication order as well as chronological order. Either way they're great books.
And of course, Lewis and Tolkein were good friends.

Posted by: rbj at June 2, 2005 02:27 PM

Well, I got upset as a teen when Sturm Brightblade and Flint Fireforge died, but that's a diff generation of books.

Posted by: Bill from INDC at June 2, 2005 02:35 PM

Bah, Sturm Brightblade. Bloody Solamnic Knights were worse than the Jedi, and with no lightsabers or Force to redeem them. In that vein, I wonder why nobody at Lucasfilm tried to sue over Lord Soth. "Former heroic guy wounded/killed in fiery catastrophe now roams around in a black(ened) suit of armor working for the bad guys? We own that."

At any rate, what's this about "the LOTR treatment"? This isn't the first place to use that phrase, and I don't have the foggiest idea of what it means. I'd be more worried about "de-Christianization" of the work, but anyways.

At any rate, Tilda Swinton's going to have a hard time topping Ian McDiarmid in the whole "Best Seduction, Corruption, and Destruction of Innocent Youth" category, isn't she?

Posted by: The Country Pundit at June 2, 2005 03:12 PM

Yeah, really more broken up about Flint.

Sturm was sort of a douche.

Posted by: Bill from INDC at June 2, 2005 07:15 PM
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