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Good Narnia Question

Postby -centaur- » May 12, 2010 10:06 am

So I was doing dishes the other day with my mom, and I started babbling on about VDT production. Talking about the latest spoilers, etc., and mom, who isn't really a Narnia fan, said "So why do you like Narnia so much?" I started to answer when I realized I didn't know.

So here's a question: What makes Narnia so good? What did C. S. Lewis do to make such good books?

Maybe something about it is that it's not all one story. in LotR and Eragon, for example, the story goes on through three long books, and there's just so much going on to keep track of, that it gets confusing. With Narnia, however, one can read any book and understand it without reading the others. (Of course, in each book the characters make mention of other books, but not so much that a reader will get confused.)

What are your thoughts on that?
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Re: Good Narnia Question

Postby Aravis Narnia » May 12, 2010 6:05 pm

They are well written. They are very engaging to people of all ages. They are easy to understand without being dumbed down or condescending. And though they have a Christian slant, anyone of any background can read and enjoy them.
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Re: Good Narnia Question

Postby Adeona » May 12, 2010 10:56 pm

Here are a few reasons:

The setting of each scene is so naturally and easily woven into the story that you can picture exactly what is going on in your head - who really needs the movies?

Each story is different and exciting in its own way; no boring recycled plot points or over-used ideas.

The characters are believable and relatable. Flawed, but we still care about them.

The Chronicles of Narnia are so well written and descriptive that they are a joy to read. The stories draw you in, rich and detailed. Who wouldn't want to be swept out of humdrum daily life and away to a magical world - a world of talking animals and walking trees - and become the hero or heroine of a great adventure?
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Re: Good Narnia Question

Postby Liberty Hoffman » May 13, 2010 2:44 pm

I think it's because Lewis wrote them in such a way that anyone from 4 to 93 can read them and understand them and enjoy them! :)
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Re: Good Narnia Question

Postby sandyentersNarnia » Jun 08, 2010 8:38 am

what makes Narnia good is mostly I think about the happenings in it. Like a child entering another world, then realizes that she can save Narnia.. or the characters like talking beasts, centaurs, minotaurs, and especially, a Lion named Aslan that guides them all.

C.S. Lewis is a very gifted writer, really. I didn't even think of those kinds of stories until he wrote them which really enhances our imagination by reading his great works, especially The Chronicles of Narnia.
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Re: Good Narnia Question

Postby Boy Scout » Jun 20, 2010 4:27 pm

Reason I) Narnia has a Christian theme. Anyone would at least find Aslan's Chirst-like story heroic.

Reason II) What happens in books is believable. It is not like a house was picked up and thrown over a rainbow. C. S. Lewis came up with realistic reasons for Narnia's existing and how the children got there. The adventures are logical.
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Re: Good Narnia Question

Postby sandyentersNarnia » Jun 21, 2010 6:15 am

Boy Scout wrote:Reason I) Narnia has a Christian theme. Anyone would at least find Aslan's Chirst-like story heroic.

Reason II) What happens in books is believable. It is not like a house was picked up and thrown over a rainbow. C. S. Lewis came up with realistic reasons for Narnia's existing and how the children got there. The adventures are logical.



I agree. It really is a great masterpiece of Lewis. He is a great writer, and a very creative thinker of stories.

I think too what makes Narnia great is what the magic and enchanting things it does when you hear the name.
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