The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the
Dir. Michael Apted, 2010.
I dragged my sister to see this, and we liked it, with several important reservations. ( This and TMN were my favorite of the books )
So, yeah. The movie doesn't have the marvelous, slightly meditative or mystic quality of exploration and questing that I recall loving about the book, but I liked it all the same; I like this vision of Narnia, warts and all, and I'll definitely go see The Silver Chair
when it comes out. Has anyone heard anything about whether they're planning to make the other three books into movies? It occurs to me that they could totally make HHB after SC, since the Pevensie actors would be the right general age for it then.
I have to say, though, that Caspian was not as pretty in this movie. But that's okay; Skandar Keynes is pretty freaking hot, IJS.
And as has become traditional (!), after I came back from the movie I sat down and I looked through the comments I'd gotten and I started reading all of bedlamsbard
's amazing Narnia fiction--thank you, people who recommended her work to me! Her writing basically falls into three rough divisions, the Warsverse stories
, which concern the Pevensies' reign in Narnia, her Royal House of Pevensie
stories, which are an AU expanding the reign of the Pevensies before the White Stag, and getting into the reigns of their children and descendants (don't miss Jump in the Fire
, a very AU retelling of Prince Caspian
);, and Dust in the Air
, a very welcome AU of The Last Battle
in which the Pevensies are summoned back to Narnia five years after the Calormene conquest and which uses the Warsverse as background.
Most of these stories carry a warning for (same-generation, consensual) incest, and many earn their warning for violence, and I should mention too that her view of Aslan is not particularly charitable, even if like me you don't or can't believe that Aslan = Jesus. But they are brilliant, not shying away from what the real consequences of everything that Narnia and leaving it entails, and deeply engaged with the Deep Magic and the politics and society of that world, and I really like her interpretations of the characters, particularly the Pevensies, and the OCs are wonderful, as is the plotting. Um, yeah. If like me you saw LWW and thought, "Dude, there should be so much blood
right now!" after the White Witch stabbed Peter, or if you didn't want the world to end in TLB (she totally ducks the Problem of Susan, which is so great), or you wondered what the Pevensies' reign was like, these are the stories for you.