Today marks the 42nd anniversary of the deaths of three influential men: John F. Kennedy, C.S. Lewis and Aldous Huxley. While one is remembered more, the other two (through their writing) have impacted my life much more.
I just finished reading Huxley’s A Brave New World Revisited. The man was able to gore everyone ox in equal portions. He commented on the numerous dangers he saw in the world through both fantasy (Brave New World) and reality (Brave New World Revisited). The world needs more men like Huxley who can go after both sides and still keep their respect.
Today to honor and remember C.S. Lewis I will give you some recent stories on him and the upcoming The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. During this Thanksgiving season take some time to be thankful for the legacy of these three men.
The Denver Post has an excellent, well-balanced look at the potential tug-of-war over Narnia. It deals with much of the same topic as I posted on yesterday.
“This isn’t supposed to be a Christian film, any more than (Lewis) set out to write a Christian book,” says Douglas Gresham of Dublin, Ireland, Lewis’ stepson, a staunch Christian and co-producer of the upcoming film. “Everyone and no one owns Narnia. Narnia owns itself.”
The author closes with the point that I think should be repeated over and over again:
“The test of the film is whether Narnia succeeds as cinema. If so, it will be successful whether or not Disney throws the right amount of money at it, or whether the evangelical community gets on board. Evangelicals are as bored with bad art as the next audience.”
Author Steve Tomkins describes what he sees as “the secret of the wardrobe.” He said, “Lewis’s idea was not to write an allegory for clever readers to decode, where Aslan represents Christ. Rather, Aslan is Christ, coming to the world of talking animals as a lion, just as he came to earth as a human. Lewis found children better at understanding this than adults.”
The Telegraph gives us a quick overview of the how we arrived at this point today and a short plot synopsis.
The Chicago Tribune also takes a look at the balancing act Disney is hoping to pull off in their marketing to both Christian and secular audiences.
Reuters reports on several of the Narnia actors and actresses appearing in a New York bookstore to promote the film and the books. We do learn that Tilda Swinton, who plays Jadis, the White Witch, has never read any of the Chronicles of Narnia. How do you promote a book you haven’t read?
Knight Ridder explains for those who some how didn’t know: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe has Christian themes. The article quotes Lewis about how the novel came about. This should be the way everyone writes fiction. You set out with images and a good story. Your worldview will “push itself in.”
“It all began with images; a faun carrying an umbrella, a queen on a sledge, a magnificent lion. At first there wasn’t anything Christian about them; that element pushed itself in of its own accord,” Lewis wrote in “Of Other Worlds.”