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Ana Mardoll's dissection of Narnia books
« on: August 05, 2016, 12:50:24 AM »
http://www.anamardoll.com/2011/02/narnia-narnia-deconstruction-index-post.html?m=1

I just finished up the write-ups for The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe--it's such a good dissection of the book, and I really look forward to continuing tired the rest of them. I think I remember some people here liking or being interested in Narnia (buncha nerds), thought y'all would enjoy this.
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Re: Ana Mardoll's dissection of Narnia books
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2016, 01:39:06 AM »
Ah yes, Susan the "aren't women foolish?" character.
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Re: Ana Mardoll's dissection of Narnia books
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2016, 08:14:54 AM »
Cool!
I used to love the Narnia books because they had actual violence in them.
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Re: Ana Mardoll's dissection of Narnia books
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2016, 07:21:40 PM »
Cool!
I used to love the Narnia books because they had actual violence in them.
Bilbo barely killed anyone!! Bullshit!
I like stories that take place in alternative realities. And also talking animals.
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Re: Ana Mardoll's dissection of Narnia books
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2016, 07:33:36 PM »
Maybe I'm missing some fun books, but I cannot take seriously an author who thinks that Pascal's Wager is a legitimate argument for becoming a Christian. As a result, I've never read the Narnia books.
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Re: Ana Mardoll's dissection of Narnia books
« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2016, 09:18:01 PM »
Maybe I'm missing some fun books, but I cannot take seriously an author who thinks that Pascal's Wager is a legitimate argument for becoming a Christian. As a result, I've never read the Narnia books.

I never read them because I started once and thought they were boring. I didn't find out about Lewis' religious beliefs until long, long after.

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Re: Ana Mardoll's dissection of Narnia books
« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2016, 12:59:10 PM »
There was an awesome adaption of the books done for British tv in the 90s. It was actually better than the movies imo (not hard).

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Re: Ana Mardoll's dissection of Narnia books
« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2016, 02:51:59 PM »
I loved them as a kid.  I also loved that BBC adaptation - if not for the Tom Baker version of Puddleglum in The Silver Chair.

But when I have tried to revisit them, it has always been painful.  I think I need allegory AND character development from my fiction now, and there is no going back. 

My kids have rejected them whole heatedly.  I think that is because they read HP first.  Which - while not great literature, is certainly pretty well shored up on all the basics of fiction.  Unlike Narnia - which was pretty sketchy on characters with depth, and any sort of plot intrigue.  I think HP level set them well above what Narnia could hope to deliver.

Still I am glad I did absorb them, if not for just the knowledge of pop-culture it affords my present day reading.  And it gave me an early love of allegory and biblical mysticism.

Thanks for posting the critique panda.
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