Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Fantasy



This probably isn't healthy, but since the starting of our Chinese New Year break, I've read Prince Caspian again, and am now rewatching Voyage of the Dawn Treader. There's speculation that The Silver Chair's going to be made into a movie, which I'm rather apprehensive about -- for one, no Pevensies, and also, it probably won't be directed by Andrew Adamson again. Oh, and as Jacie so eloquently put it:




I loved Puddleglum, whose disposition is as gloomy as his name suggests. If it weren't for him, The Silver Chair would've been one heck of a depressing book.


Speaking of depressing books. Some Harry Potter books are mildly depressing (take, for example, the last book, over the course of which I lost count of how many times I cried) -- that's just how they are. I feel that their covers should reflect that they're not happy-happy sunshine books. Therefore, when I saw these in Borders, I stopped and stared:




The cheek of those publishers! They're so...un-Harry Potter! Why?!


This is what my copy of the seventh book looks like:




That's an imposing book cover right there.


But then again, Harry Potter is supposed to be a children's series (so is Narnia), and I am hardly a child anymore. Still, I love the books just as much as I did when I first started reading them. As for the movies, I was never really into the Harry Potter ones, but I adore the Narnia ones...at least, those directed by Andrew Adamson and financed by Disney.


I would say the beauty of both series is that they're well-loved by people of all ages, just that my Grandad tried to read the first Harry Potter book and didn't like it. Then again, you don't have to be young to like fantasy -- C.S. Lewis was pretty up there in years by the time he finished writing all seven books, wasn't he?


He's a mean old coot, by the way. If you haven't already, find out what happens to Susan in The Last Battle. It's awful. Apparently, Neil Gaiman's book The Problem of Susan is based on her.


(From Fanpop.)


Apart from being horribly depressing (who hasn't wanted to school at Hogwarts or live in Narnia?), Harry Potter and Narnia are amazing. They're two series that I hope will make their ways into my own kids' childhoods.

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