The Narnia Tag

Hello, friends of Aslan!

The lovely Maya Joelle @The Stories Are True tagged me for The Narnia Tag, and as a lifelong Narnian, I’m so, so excited to fill it out!

rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you (thanks, Maya!)
  • Rate your degree of “Narnia fanatic” (nostalgic, serious, maniacal)
  • Answer the questions below
  • Tag 5+ bloggers
  • Have fun!

rate of Narnia fanatics:

1. Nostalgic Fanatic β€” you read the book and/or watched the movies as a child and the word Narnia gives you a warm feeling

2. Serious Fanatic β€” you rediscovered the wonder of Narnia after you were older and have read the books and watched the movies

3. Maniacal Fanatic β€” you have lived Narnia from childhood, hid in closets on more occasions than is healthy, have read and watched all the movies including the BBC version

Hmmmmmmm. *scratches head a smidge* I guess I’d put myself in the “Nostalgic Fanatic” category, given that I read and reread the books constantly & obsessively from age 8 to age 13, but never saw any of the films.

I think this rating system is based on the assumption that if you’re “serious” or “maniacal” about your Narnia fanaticism, you’ve definitely watched the movies. Which I have avoided doing. Deliberately. πŸ˜› For the simple reason that the existing Narnia films (casting, visuals, aesthetic choices) don’t reflect the Narnia of my imagination … and in fact clash with the Narnia of my imagination. I recognize they’re a valid interpretation of the storyworld and I’m glad they bring so many fans joy; but the fact remains that they’re “not my Narnia.” And that’s okay, y’know?

I’ll talk more about the specific type of Narnia films I would like to see in answer to the questions below.

the tag questions:

1. Who’s your favorite Pevensie sibling?

Lucy, without question. It’s always been Lucy. I related to her instantly as a wide-eyed eight-year-old reading The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe for the first time, and I still do today. She has a sweeping imagination, a tender heart easily hurt by the cruelties of the world, and a soft, wistful melancholy. (She’s also a fellow INFP, so *dabs*)

Casting wise, I picture Lucy as slender and physically fragile, with wavy dark hair, olive-tinged skin, and large, expressive dark eyes. I don’t know who I’d choose to fit that bill … hmmm … any ideas?

2. What is the most underrated Narnia book?

Definitely The Magician’s Nephew. It’s my second favorite after The Silver Chair, and I feel like it’s often overlooked by the fandom … being “outside” the Pevensie-framed timeline. But guys!!! It’s so good!!! AUNT LETTY ALONE. I REST MY CASE. Also, creation myths. Yussssssssssss.

3. Who is your favorite Narnian king?

King Caspian, my sweet, impetuous, blond-haired boi who fell in love with a daughter of the stars. Caspian deserves all the hugs (and does not deserve a romance subplot with Susan Pevensie who’s technically hundreds of years older than him and who has her own independent character arc to focus on, thankyouverymuch) (until Lewis went and did her dirty in The Last Battle and I’ll never forgive him for that) (don’t @me, I’m emotional)

Ah, yes. Where were we? πŸ˜›

4. Who is your favorite Narnian queen?

Queen Lucy the Valiant, of course. ❀

5. Which non-human Narnian do you like best?

Mr. Tumnus!!! Mr. Tumnus and his dainty cloven hoofs and his tea-set and his magnificent little library!

6. Which book deserves a movie?

*cracks knuckles*

This is where I’m gonna talk about the Narnia film project I would personally like to see. Hear me out: an animated series.

No, I’m not talking about the old cartoon version from the ’80s: I’m talking a big-budget, lavish, gorgeously and lovingly detailed production worthy of Dreamworks or Pixar. I’m talking a REALLY REALLY GOOD animated series.

I say this because my biggest personal complaint about the aesthetic of the existing Narnia movies, is their solid, “tangible” feel. In my opinion, they shine too garish a light on the landscape. They don’t capture the dreamy, ethereal vision I always held in my imagination … a Narnia painted in watercolors and shrouded in mist. If fantasy and mystery is the vibe we’re going for, I think taking things out of live-action and into the world of animation would be a good first step.

However, I could be persuaded to accept a new live-action version (are you listening, Netflix?) as long as they caught that all-important sense of the Mystic Other.

7. What is the one thing you did as a Narnia fan that you do not regret?

I read–nay, inhaled–the first six books in under a week at age eight. I’ll never regret that week. One of my most treasured memories. ❀

“bUT YOU WERE TOO YOUNG TO APPRECIATE THEM AND YOU READ THEM TOO FAST–” speak for yourself, Sir. I can’t hear you over the sound of Aslan singing to awaken the dawn of a new world.

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I hereby tag Oliva @Meanwhile in Rivendell, Eva-Joy @Coffee, Classics, and Craziness, Maribeth @A Writer’s Tale … and anyone else who loves Narnia!

Don’t be shy, friends!

Remember, once a king or queen of Narnia, always a king or queen of Narnia. πŸ˜‰

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  1. Ahhh I loved reading your answers! Also I am impressed at your tag-completing speed. It takes me weeks (months) to get around to them…

    I completely understand your thoughts about the movies… (and also, I don’t really love that Narnia fan rating system either, biased as I am. REAL FANS READ THE BOOKS, okay?? That’s my opinion on every series ever) (I mean, you can be a fan without the books. but then you haven’t experienced Narnia as Lewis meant it to be). I could see an animated series working, mayyybe, but I tend to prefer live action, so it’d have to be really well done for me to enjoy it.

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    1. Thank you so much for tagging me!! HA! Usually I am nowhere near this quick–I’m quite a lazy procrastinator when it comes to tags, I fear–but you tagged me Saturday morning, I had a block of free time on Saturday afternoon, and I was like, “yes, I feel like talking about Narnia today … let’s do this.”

      The books are liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiife ❀ Oh, yeah, I definitely get how an animated Narnia might feel a little weird to a lot of folks! I've just always wanted to see the colored illustrations from the books come to life … but like … in an animated way?

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  2. For some reason I have never imagined an animated Narnia but hmmmm it could work for sure! Also Netflix HURRY ALREADY with the next adaption and DO A GOOD JOB FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE. (also yes to the weird Suspian ship, I think everyone face palmed and winced over that one, bother it). I inhaled the books when I was 12. Totally out of order too but ya know. Good books are good books. I need to reread them soon!!

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    1. “Good books are good books,” amen to that!!!

      Pleaseeeeeeeeeeeee do a good job, Netflix! I need this! Also, please include lots of mist and golden haze and dark shadowy forests while you’re at it xD

      Can I just say your profile picture is the cutest? I dig it ❀

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  3. Ahhh, this looks like so much fun! Thanks to my new, considerably more relaxed blogging schedule, I may not get to this till January (HALLELUJAH, we’re nearly to 2021!!!!), but I’ll definitely be keeping the tag on hand!

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  4. Netflix has had it optioned for such a long time, I’m starting to wonder if they are serious about the project at all. I’m trying not to hold my breath, that way if they never do anything with it, I won’t be too disappointed. I saw and loved all the movies (and grew up watching the old BBC versions) but I’d like to see updated stories that are still true to the books — the movies added things I don’t think Lewis would have liked much (the romance with Caspian and him being like 18 instead of 12, Susan fighting in a war, Peter initiating aggressive tactics in war, etc).

    It never bothered me that Susan “fell away.” People do abandon their faith sometimes. And Lewis intended to write her rediscovery of God/Aslan as an adult, but never got around to it. But it makes the point he intended to make — that it’s a horrible, sad thing when people rationalize themselves out of belief in God and become absorbed in the world. It had to be a Pevensie child that taught us that, in order to saturate us in the understanding of the sadness God feels when a lamb wanders away. It couldn’t be Lucy, she was so firmly pro-Aslan. Edmund would never forget Aslan’s sacrifice. It had to be Susan. The skeptic. The semi-unbeliever. And I think Lewis said, also, that Susan found Aslan in the human world, later, but I don’t have the quote in front of me.

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    1. Yeah, c’mon, Netflix! Give us the goods!! Stop holding out on us!!!

      (They might drop the project, yeah … *sniffles* I know they dropped the Raven Cycle even after promising us we’d get a TV series.)

      I’m Very Not Okay with how C.S. Lewis ended Susan’s character arc in The Last Battle for a bunch of reasons, which I won’t get into because listing them would make me too angry. πŸ˜‰

      You’re right, I think–I’ve heard he intended to have her find Aslan again later, but … since he never actually WROTE IT, that doesn’t mollify me in any way on that particular point. πŸ˜‰ #sorry, Clive

      Eh, well, maybe if Netflix ever gets around to making those movies, they can finish Susan’s story properly.

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      1. They did a good job with Lemony Snicket, which is very much like the books, so I think if they ever DID get around to it, it could be brilliant (and for the love of heaven, start with The Magician’s Nephew!).

        I don’t trust secular writers to finish Susan’s story properly. πŸ˜›

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      2. Do you start the series with the Magician’s Nephew? *is curious* I’ve always, ALWAYS read it starting with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. But I could see how a series of movies could start with The Magician’s Nephew.

        Well, well, I suppose we’ll just have to see. πŸ˜‰

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    2. Charity,

      Yeah, I HATE that part of Peter basically in his egotistical arrogance leading them into a massacre. I hate that they made him so obnoxious in that film.

      I also, while I think as a child I was disappointed, I don’t understand the rage over the Susan thing, particularly among Christians, its pretty evident in the Bible that people fall away. And like you said, it had to be Susan, although from my perspective, it was because she was the most self-righteous, like in the Bible the well don’t need a physician. Although I think maybe the self-righteousness was more in the movie.

      Also, Katie, I’m going to have to steal this tag!

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      1. I haven’t seen the movies, but that definitely doesn’t sound like something the real Peter would do?? *is a bit appalled*

        I think Lewis’ choices with Susan was wrong, and I’m angry about it; however, it’s not something that can really be fixed, I suppose. Since he’s dead an’ all. *le shrug*

        Do it!! I’d love to see your tag answers! ❀

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      2. Yeah, they kind of did Peter dirty in that movie for more “conflict” in the plot. Caspian is actually the weakest of the films (I really love Dawn Treader, especially Eustace — he is BRILLIANT). I can understand them thinking it would be okay to explore Peter’s frustration at having been a King in Narnia and going home to be just a kid, but… overall it was badly done.

        Yeah. People online act like Susan is damned and that Lewis did it to her. She isn’t. He stated that she would find her way back to Narnia. And that her doing so would be “a more grown up story.” Don’t be mad at Lewis. Be mad at Susan. She made her own choices. πŸ˜‰

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  5. Great post, Katie!

    I am with you all the way on the movies-don’t-do-it-justice thing. I’m a book fan from childhood, and I’m hardcore. No movies needed. I watched the Disney movies, and I honestly regret it, especially with Prince Caspian and Voyage of the Dawn Treader. I will never watch those again, and I wish I could forget that they exist. I’m still trying to rid the bad taste. (With apologies to anyone who likes them! That’s great–they’re just not for me.) I’ve also never been able to stand the thought of personally watching the BBC ones, so I never, ever will.

    I LOOOOOVE book Caspian, and therefore I have a possibly disproportionate grudge against movie Caspian. (And against poor Ben Barnes, as a result–poor guy did nothing to deserve me hating his face!) Don’t get me started on the romance. Blech.

    Oh, dear! I did not mean for this to be a negative rant! 😦 This is why I don’t talk about my opinions on the movies! I’d rather just enjoy the magic of the books, and let other people enjoy both books and movies, without bringing it up. But….it’s nice to know I’m not alone! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Mary! So glad you enjoyed it, and so glad for the comment!! *tackle hugs you*

      No, no, don’t worry! You’re definitely not alone in not-being-a-fan of the existing movies. πŸ˜‰ I used to really ticked off that the movies even EXISTED: however, I’ve gotten a lot more peace since I’ve decided to simply say “they’re not my Narnia,” and leave it at that. Because everybody has a different interpretation of these stories!! And I know that NOW, even though I didn’t realize it at, like, ten years old. πŸ˜‰

      Nooope. Ben Burns is nothing like the Caspian of my imagination. Ah, well, c’est la vie!

      Thanks again for your comment! ❀

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  6. *shocked gasp* There’s-there’s a NARNIA tag????????? OHMYGOODNESS, I HAD NO IDEA. *cue squealing*
    I have seen the first movie, but not the other ones, and I prefer the book. It was an okay adaptation, but not the best.
    Lucy is the best. She’s my fav, too. Also, we’re the same type. *INFP high five*
    Ooh, The Magician’s Nephew is so underrated. It doesn’t get nearly as much praise as it deserves. And The Silver Chair is FANTASTIC.

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    1. I had no idea either!!! Maya tagged me and I was like WHAAAAAAT THIS EXISTS?!?!

      *INFP high five* Lucy is so pure. My smol, precious bean.

      The Silver Chair will forever be my favorite!!! So much angst and darkness and drama, yaaaas. But a hopeful end ❀

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  7. I’m a maniacal fanatic! I used to search for Narnia all the time.
    Lucy was always my favorite too, and you’re right none of the movies have quite captured it right.
    I hope we get a series that does it justice.

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  8. I would NEVER have thought of an animated series, but oh my goodness!! I need it!! *sobs with longing* Like very beautiful and ethereal and dreamily bright…
    I too have never watched (or wanted to watch) the movies because they don’t seem to jive with MY Narnia, and I never felt like I was missing out or anything – the books were sufficient and if I wanted more Narnia I could just go reread them. Which I did. A lot.
    But an animated series that brought the Narnia I imagined as a tiny child to life…oh, my. Please. Go bug Dreamworks until they do it, please! πŸ˜€

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  9. Ahhh, I love this! Thanks loads for the tag, m’dear — I can’t wait to fill it out! ❀

    THE MAGICIAN'S NEPHEW YAAAASSSSS. It's honestly such a toss-up between TMN and The Horse and His Boy, for me, in terms of which is my top favorite. Usually I'm fairly certain that THAHB wins by a very slim margin, but I completely & utterly adore TMN. As you said: AUNT LETICIA ALONE.

    It's so interesting how the same story strikes people different ways, and how people need different things from a cinematic adaptation. Like, myself personally, I definitely couldn’t “see” Narnia as an animated series . . . that wouldn’t capture the essence of my Narnia . . . unless maaaaaybe if it was 2D instead of 3D animation. But isn’t that cool? That the same story can be so rich that it has countless interpretations and gives off countless different “vibes” to different people?

    Susan is my girl forever & we need [APPROPRIATE] closure on her story, stat.

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    1. Yesss! I knew this tag would be right up your alley! ❀

      Okay but The Horse and His Boy is life and I ship Cor and Aravis soooooooooooo much. In my memory, it’s the most purely lighthearted, hilarious adventure that we get in the whole series, and just … *all the warm fuzzies*

      Yes! That is fascinating to me, how we each come at these stories from a different perspective and imagine them differently! Although ACTUALLY, I was totally thinking 2D animation and not 3D. I would want something soft and watercolorish, something that didn’t “look” computer generated.

      WE DO, and I am so grateful for you stepping in to fill the breach with your own take on it! ❀ I know I've told you this before, but my youngest sister was very upset when she finished The Last Battle and read The Part Which Must Not Be Named, and the fact that I was able to say “DON’T WORRY, MY FRIEND OLIVIA IS COMING TO THE RESCUE” was a great consolation, both to her and to me!!!

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      1. You know me well. πŸ˜‰ ❀

        YESSSS, they're both such fabulous books.

        You know, I could see a super soft, watercolor, 2D animation of Narnia. It probably still wouldn't be my favorite, but if they could sort of go off of / capture Pauline Bayne's illustrations? I could see that being really beautiful.

        AHHHHHHHH THANK YOOOUUUUU. Honestly it means so much to me to know that both you and your sister are waiting for my version, and it really motivates me to keep pressing on with it & cleaning it up & making it the best it can be. ❀ So thanks!!

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      2. Yes!! Like, if they did an animated series which took its artistic inspiration from the books’ illustrations–THAT would make my heart Entirely and Completely Happy.

        *ALL THE HUGS* ❀ we believe in youuuuuuuuuuu

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  10. I was going to steal this, but then I realized that our answers about pretty much exactly the same. XD So we’ll just chat. πŸ˜‰ I would LOVE to see an animated version! Please please please please please please. Ahem.

    I was introduced to the series through the first movie, so I have a special place in my heart for it and awesome memories of seeing the other two movies in the theater, but I totally understand you not wanting to see them! Anne of Green Gables is my favorite book ever, and because of that I’m never going to watch a movie version. Imma imagine the characters in my own way if it kills me.

    Lovely thoughts! ❀

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