Hello my friends!
I have been tagged for the Narnia tag! And if someone gives me an excuse to talk about Narnia, you better believe I am going to take it.
Here are the rules:
- Thank the person who nominated you (many thanks to the lovely Maya Joelle!)
- Describe the rate of your Narnia fanatic (nostalgic, serious, maniacal)
- Answer the questions below
- Tag 5+ bloggers
- Have fun
rate of Narnia fanatics:
1. Nostalgic Fanatic — you read the book and/or watched the movies as a child and the word Narnia gives you a warm feeling
2. Serious Fanatic — you rediscovered the wonder of Narnia after you were older and have read the books and watched the movies
3. Maniacal Fanatic — 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
Well, I’m definitely the closest to a Maniacal Fanatic, though I somehow never managed to watch all the BBC versions. I think I only saw part of The Silver Chair, and it was…something. I did watch a very cringe-worthy animated version of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe over and over again as a child. It was…well, I’m not really sure how to describe it. But Mr. Tumnus had green hair.
Yeah. As to the other movies, I practically had The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe memorized as a child and I still think it’s a great movie. As for Prince Caspian, it’s really not the best- too many liberties, and just so stinkin’ LONG, though it has its moments. And The Voyage of the Dawn Treader only vaguely resembles the source material which is NOT okay, especially since Will Poulter was such an excellent Eustace. It’s really a crime.
But anyway, I have been reading and rereading the books constantly since I was seven and before that my dad read them to my siblings and me multiple times so basically I’ve been breathing Narnia since before I can remember. Seems maniacal to me.
1 // who’s your favorite Pevensie sibling?
Edmund. Always. He’s definitely a brat at first, but he grows into a loving and thoughtful brother and I love him dearly. I love them all, of course, but Edmund especially.
I love the part in Prince Caspian when no one wants to believe Lucy that she saw Aslan but Edmund chooses to side with her:
“Well, there’s just this,” said Edmund, speaking quickly and turning a little red. “When we first discovered Narnia a year ago- or a thousand years ago, whichever it is- it was Lucy who discovered it first and none of us would believe her. I was the worst of the lot, I know. Yet she was right after all. Wouldn’t it be fair to believe her this time? I vote for going up.” –Prince Caspian
But as great as the Pevensie siblings are, they don’t hold a candle to my darlings Eustace and Jill. I can’t begin to express my devotion to Eustace and Jill. And Polly and Digory. And Shasta and Aravis. I just had to mention them because none of the questions really give me a chance to talk about them, which is kind of unfair.
2 // what is the most underrated Narnia book?
Um, I don’t really know. They all seem to get goodly amounts of attention… I guess I’ll go with The Last Battle because it’s really very beautiful and some people never get to that one since it’s last in the series, or they think it’s weird. It is weird. But also wonderful.
All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia 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 forever; in which every chapter is better than the one before. –The Last Battle
3 // who is your favorite Narnian king?
Hm, probably King Frank, the first Narnian king. He is so honest and kind and gives off Sam Gamgee vibes- maybe because his relationship with his horse Strawberry is like Sam with Bill the pony.
“Guns be blowed,” said the Cabby. “I think I’ll go and see if I can give Strawberry a rubdown. That horse ‘as more sense than some ‘umans as I could mention.” –The Magician’s Nephew
4 // who is your favorite Narnian queen?
Um. Just kidding. She’s a wonderful villain, but…no. I like Lucy. Lucy is a wonderful, happy and kind queen and I love her.
Lucy longed, as she had always done, to take Reepicheep up in her arms and cuddle him. But this, as she well knew, was a pleasure she could never have: it would have offended him deeply. –The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
5 // which non-human Narnian do you like best?
How am I supposed to pick just ONE??? The vast majority of Narnians are non-human.
Puddleglum is one of my absolute favorites, I have to say. But I also love Bree and Hwin and the Beavers and Trumpkin and Reepicheep and Trufflehunter and Glimfeather and Mr. Tumnus and Fledge and not to mention the dufflepuds the elephants and the jackdaw and many others and it’s cruel to make me choose.
“And you must always remember there’s one good thing about being trapped down here: it’ll save funeral expenses.” -the ever cheery Puddlglum, The Silver Chair
6 // which book deserves a movie?
They all do, obviously. Then again, if you read this question a certain way, it could mean “which book deserves to be horribly misrepresented and mangled?” in which case the answer is NONE OF THEM. I really want to see a movie of The Silver Chair, and also The Horse and his Boy. But really I want to see them all done well.
I want to see this heroic moment:
Shasta, half mad with horror, managed to lurch toward the brute. He had no weapon, not even a stick or a stone. He shouted out, idiotically, at the lion as one would at a dog. “Go home! Go home!” –The Horse and His Boy
As well as this gem:
“The boy’s Eustace, my Lord,” hooted the Owl as loud as it could.
“Useless?” said the Dwarf irritably. “I dare say he is. Is that any reason for bringing him to court? Hey?” –The Silver Chair
Not to mention another foolish but heroic demonstration:
Eustace (who had really been trying very hard to behave well, till the rain and the chess put him back) now did the first brave thing he had ever done. He was wearing a sword that Caspian had lent him. As soon as the Serpent’s body was near enough on the starboard side he jumped up on the bulwark and began hacking at it with all his might. It is true that he accomplished nothing beyond breaking Caspian’s second best sword into bits, but it was a fine thing for a beginner to have done. –The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Oh, and I want to see Jill push Eustace off a cliff.
7 // what is the one thing you did as a Narnia fan that you do not regret?
Well, what is there to regret? Why would there only be ONE thing that I didn’t regret? This question confuses me. I don’t regret reading the books over and over again, reading them aloud to my siblings, trying to get to Narnia as a child, writing/performing Narnia-inspired musicals, getting excited about the three different kinds of toast that Mr. Tumnus serves at tea…
I do actually regret something however. I regret how many times we watched the Narnia cartoon that we had on video, because they take so many lines directly from the book and say they so awkwardly, that now every time I read the book, I hear it in their voices…oi.
“To be sure, to be sure,” said the Faun. “How stupid of me! But I’ve never seen a Son of Adam or a Daughter of Eve before. I am delighted. That is to say-” and then he stopped as if he had been going to say something he had not intended but had remembered in time. “Delighted, delighted,” he went on. “Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Tumnus.” –The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
You have no idea how obnoxious that paragraph sounds in my head…unless of course you’ve seen the cartoon as well.
I love the Chronicles of Narnia SO MUCH. Every time I reread it I fall in love with it again. The stories are so charming and also brimming with profound truths and I don’t think I am ever going to get over that.
As far as tagging people, I want to leave the tag open to anyone who wants to gush about their love for Narnia!
Have you read the Chronicles of Narnia? Would you classify yourself as a Maniacal Narnia Fanatic? Have you ever heard of the Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe cartoon? Which Narnia book would you most like to see as a movie? Let me know in the comments!