At least that is the New York Times attitude toward C.S. Lewis and The Chronicles of Narnia. In their latest hit job on Narnia, they force as much attacks as possible in a four-page story.
The book is too religious and preachy, even Tolkien said so. The book is too sexist; Susan doesn’t get to go to heaven. The book is racist; the Calormenes are stereotypical Muslims. The books are not that well written; the New York Times said so. The books are not original; Lewis stole almost all of his material from other writers.
The books are even sexual suggestive according to some Freudian psychology, of course there is nothing wrong with that. We just wanted to let all you Christians know. By the way, did you know that Lewis slept with a woman 20 years his elder? Well, it is a rumor and it happened before his conversion to Christianity, but we know some people who say it may be true.
Aslan may be God’s son and all, but he is much better viewed as a comic book super hero. And besides, Aslan isn’t the draw of the books anyway – it’s the land of Narnia. Everything would be much better if we got rid of all this silly God business. Forgot all of you fans, we at the New York Times have pronounced C.S. Lewis officially overrated. You can now fall on your faces and fawn at our intellectual superiority.
Now you have essentially read the latest New York Times story preceding the release of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. I guess they have a new motto at NYT: “We have decided and now we report – and you’d better agree with us!”
HT: World Mag Blog