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Feb 25, 2007, 10:50 pm

Ok, what with the Disney remake of LWW and the new version of Prince Caspian coming out soon, I thought we might discuss Lewis' most famous series, as well as the old BBC mini-series, which I still own and love, as well as the disney version of LWW. Personally I love these books, I grew up reading them and watching the BBC versions so many times that I have parts memorised. I enjoyed the Disney version, although I had some problems with it, and look forward to seeing what they do with PC.

Feb 26, 2007, 3:29 pm

The first time I read LWW, I was in high school, and hated it. I'm not sure why, perhaps I felt it childish. Later, after I became a Christian, I read it again and loved it, I still do. As I love all the books now. Guess I'm not so worried about liking childish things now and I can see beyond the simplicity of the story to the depths of its message.

I never cared much for the BBC mini-series, I simply couldn't get past the special effects. Very visual, I am. For that reason, I did like the Disney version, though I agree with the criticisms of the storyline. Still, I thought enough of it was there to intrigue and possibly encourage those who liked it to read the book. I know my sons came home and read through the book after seeing it, and they are cynical teenagers who hate reading.

Have you seen the young man they've cast at Prince Caspian? Very handsome. Can't remember his name though, I found it on the site. Look in movie reviews and news.

Apr 2, 2007, 5:46 am

I had not read the Narnia series until AFTER I saw the movie. I was not a reader in elementary school and then avoided them because they were "kid books."
Same this goes for Lord of the Rings (although I had the Hobbit read to me- by my husband!). After the first Peter Jackson movie, I read the entire series. Thank goodness! Now I know the actual story.

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Gen 25, 2008, 9:32 pm

I didn't read the Narnia books until my senior year of college. I'd been totally unaware of these books, despite having read Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra and That Hideous Strength in my freshman year. I read the Narnia books while I was writing a paper on the progression of the struggle between good and evil in trilogies as evidenced by the Space Trilogy.

I immediately fell in love with Narnia and acquired the set. I later shared it with friends who would "travel to Narnia" to escape their hectic workweek. Now I have shared these stories with my daughter who is enjoying them as well.

Apr 10, 2008, 10:38 pm

The BBC series was good, though painful to watch. The puppetry was not very good compared to the digital effects we have today. But the BBC version is light years truer to the books that the Disney movies. I am still fuming about Adamson eliminating the post resurrection "romp" from the movie.

Hands down, the best Narnia dramatization is the Focus on the Family Radio Theatre version. Suchet playing the voice of Aslan takes some getting used to, but it is easier digested if one can imagine an actual lion speaking.

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