When I was younger I only had a handful of actual books (and by that I mean, NOT “short story books”), out of those few were the books Little House on the Prairie and the Chronicles of Narnia. I would read these series over and over and ooover again.
I hadn't read the Narnia books in a very long time now, so a little time back, after we finished watching the Prince Caspian movie for my younger siblings, I decided it was about time to dust off the Chronicles of Narnia and read them again.
So the other day I finished the last book, (“The Last Battle”), and I couldn’t resist from getting on here and talking about it. Because, who DOESN'T like to talk about BOOKS?
Listen to some good O'le Narnia music while reading!
I’m going to start out with a half negative and half positive on C.S. Lewis’ writing:
I don’t think Lewis is THE best writer, especially when compared to the writers of today. One huge thing I noticed while reading his books (and this was extremely evident in the first Narnia book he wrote) is that it was written very simply. Now this can also be a bit a good thing, I mean, reading something that is written so simply (I don’t know of another word that would describe his writing) can be refreshing at times. Since his writing is simple it is easy to understand (which is good for younger children). BUT, unfortunately, he wrote it so simply, that he just brushed the surface of his characters. We want to be drawn into the book personally and get to know the characters, I was disappointed that Lewis did not do this, at least for me that is. I did not learn much of who the characters were personally.
The “story behind the story” is very inspirational! I for one, love stories that have biblical meanings and that point to our God. I believe Lewis did this with his Narnia books. As I was reading it was very neat just to see and understand the meanings and inspiration behind some of the things Lewis wrote.
Why do I love Narnia? I do not love Narnia for the way it was written, perhaps the storyline has something to do with it, but mostly I love Narnia for the idea. The idea of Narnia: the talking beasts, the living trees and stars, the land, the feasts, and music, Aslan. These are what make up Narnia, and these are why I love Narnia.
I do not love the stories, I love what the stories are made up of.
My favorite Narnian character is Aslan (of course), other than him? [Spoilers]....(okay this is reeeally hard to decide).... Lucy, I guess, because she stood for what was right and true even when no one believed her (plus she didn’t “grow up” in a bad way and completely lose her good “child-like” personality.
After Lucy I’d have to say: Puddleglum, Trufflehunter, Reepicheep, and Trumpkin. Though there are many others… IF I were going off of the movies...this would be much different. I also don’t like Bree, or Jill Pole… (I won’t continue, there are quite a few I don’t like).
I’m not sure if I hate Susan, or feel sorry for her, I mean, how is that possible? How do you suddenly not believe after everything she’d been through? After seeing Aslan? -I really really wish Lewis had written another book telling her story after everyone died.
Also, I like Edmund, especially in the book: Prince Caspian. And Peter...this list kinda goes on and on.
While reading the last book I thought a lot about how we Christians live here on Earth, but this is not our home. And though we must be here for a time one day we will go home. Home to that beautiful country where Christ is our light and where our hearts even now dwell. What a day that will be! When we look upon the face of Christ our King!
Here are some of my favorite quotes from Narnia:
“In your world I have another name...you must learn to know me by that name.
This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.”
“Aslan,” said Lucy, “You’re bigger.”
“That is because you are older, little one,” answered he.
“Not because you are?”
“I am not, but every year you grow, you will find me bigger.”
-Book: Prince Caspian
“You would not have been calling to me unless I had been calling to you.”
“Will the others see you too?”
“Certainly not at first, later on, it depends.”
“But they won’t believe me!”
“It doesn't matter.”
-Lucy and Aslan
I really enjoyed Puddleglum, I think he was a really good character to have in the story:
“I’m on Aslan’s side even if there isn't any Aslan to lead it. I’m going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn't any Narnia.”
“Puddleglum is the name. It doesn't matter if you forget it, I can always tell you again.”
“And you must always remember there's one good thing about being trapped down here: it'll save funeral expenses.”
“The bright side of it is,” said Puddleglum, “that if we break our necks getting down the cliff, then we’re safe from being drowned in the river.
“We have nothing, if not belief.”
“If you are a FOE we do not FEAR you,
And if you are a FRIEND your ENEMIES shall be taught to
“I’m a beast and we don’t change.
I’m a badger, what’s more,
And we hold on.”
What can Narnia remind us? Here’s a few things:
That this world is not our home (John 15:19
“If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.”)
Stand firm in what is right and true even if no one believes you (Joshua 24:15 “...but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”)
Susan can be a good reminder to us to keep believing and following the straight and narrow path and not to give up though Christ’s coming seems long (Psalm 130:5
“I wait for the Lord , my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.”)
Do not give up, do not lose hope, stand strong, for one day Christ shall call us home and happy shall be our days!
“All their life in this world and all their adventures had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.”
-C.S. Lewis The Last Battle
Perhaps sometime I’ll have to talk about the Narnia movies. But for now…
-would you love to live in Narnia?
-Who’s your favorite character? Your least favorite?
-Favorite Narnia quote?
-What do you think of Susan?
-And why do you love Narnia?
A daughter of the KING, an ambassador of Truth, a soldier of the Cross.