starlady: Raven on a MacBook (nevermore)
source: The Chronicles of Narnia movies
audio: Florence & the Machine, "Heartlines"
length: 5:01
stream: on Vimeo for people in Germany; password: aslan
download: 223MB on Dropbox
summary: Your heart is the only place that I call home,/I cannot be returned.

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I've had the idea for this vid for a long time. I…thought [personal profile] silly_cleo might not like it? (I always think this.) She mentioned not liking the movies as adaptations, and I have to say that I love the movies as adaptations. The compromise I came up with was hewing fairly close to movie depictions of events in the books, which got complicated in terms of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in particular. 

A lot of people commented on the vid having Lucy as a kind of loose POV character, which…is another thing I did not anticipate. I did the intro section with Lucy dead last, so for me the vid was about stepping back to the origin of Narnia for the Pevensies, their lost Golden Age, and going backward and forward from there. 

Finally, you may have noticed that there is not a ton of Aslan in this vid. That is not an accident either; I am not really a huge fan of Aslan anymore. My favorite Narnia fic of all is [personal profile] bedlamsbard's Dust in the Air, which should tell those of you who've read it (and who know how it was supposed to end) something about my ideal vision of Narnia. 
starlady: Queen Susan of Narnia, called the Gentle and the Queen of Spring (gentle queen how now)
Yes, you read that right.

Title: Last Will, and Testament
Author: [ profile] starlady
Fandom: The Chronicles of Narnia
Wordcount: 5000
Rating: Gen
Characters: Susan Pevensie, Will Stanton, Bran Davies, Jane Drew
Warning(s): Character death
Notes: Thanks to [personal profile] aria for the beta! Also, nota bene, there is only one Oxford in my mind.
Summary: Will already knew what Susan's will said, at least in outline; after all, he'd helped her to draft it, and agreed years ago to be her executor.

Read on the AO3
starlady: Peter, Susan, Edmund & Lucy foment a revolution in Narnia (once & always a king or queen in narnia)
This was originally [community profile] three_weeks_for_dw content, and now it's up on the AO3 as well.

From the Collected Works of Solwing: 'England' [DW]
The Chronicles of Narnia | General | No warnings | 700 words
Although the Owls of Narnia have been noted more for their contributions as philosophers and, occasionally, historians, the eldest chick of the court historian Glimfeather, Solwing, was something of a renegade from the start…

Full notes & credits on the original entry and at the AO3 page. Thanks to [personal profile] epershand for beta comments!

starlady: Peter, Susan, Edmund & Lucy foment a revolution in Narnia (once & always a king or queen in narnia)
I was saying to [personal profile] oliviacirce and [personal profile] epershand that I wanted to read epic Narnia fan poetry, and hadn't really found any…but then I took a stab at writing it myself, though in length at least it falls far short of the epic. So! This is 3W4DW content for the time being, but also a poem for National Poetry Month, written by yours truly. As some readers may realize immediately, it was inspired by and ties in with [personal profile] bedlamsbard's Warsverse timeline, and as such it relies on BB's seasonal associations and popular titles for the Pevensies.

From The Collected Works of Solwing, ed. Calpurnia Bright, published at Cair Paravel in the first year of the reign of King Tirian, first of that name.

Editor's Introduction

Although the Owls of Narnia have been noted more for their contributions as philosophers and, occasionally, historians, the eldest chick of the court historian Glimfeather, Solwing, was something of a renegade from the start,
choosing poetry over philosophy… )
starlady: Peter, Susan, Edmund & Lucy foment a revolution in Narnia (once & always a king or queen in narnia)
So I have finished my Narnia reread, in honor of which, I have a very important poll:

Poll #6446 The Chronicles of Narnia: favorite?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 40

Which is your favorite Chronicle of Narnia?

View Answers

The Magician's Nephew
5 (12.5%)

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
5 (12.5%)

The Horse and His Boy
9 (22.5%)

Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
5 (12.5%)

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
11 (27.5%)

The Silver Chair
5 (12.5%)

The Last Battle
0 (0.0%)


With a bonus post on the Narnia musical.
starlady: Queen Susan of Narnia, called the Gentle and the Queen of Spring (gentle queen how now)
Lewis, C.S. The Last Battle. New York: HarperCollins, 1994. [1956]

I can't believe this book won the Carnegie Medal. There, I said it.

I said in my post on The Silver Chair that Caspian and Rilian seem spoiled to me, and on rereading this book, I have to say that some of the same feeling lingers about Tirian (whose best friend is a unicorn, for maximum symbolic significance), too. He's not quite spoiled, but he's definitely rather impractical. I keep comparing his reaction to the news of the felling of Lantern Waste with Peter's matter-of-factly taking charge of Caspian's war against Miraz and finding Tirian greatly wanting. If nothing else, I think we can all agree that Tirian is fatally unprepared to confront the challenge that Shift presents; he's a good man, but he lacks truly effective leadership and has an entirely mistaken notion of honor and justice and truth, with fatal consequences. He doesn't quite lack all conviction, but he does lack all sense of politicking, and--are you listening, Suzanne Collins?--I've said before that I don't think that the answer to the wrong side getting political is for the right side to withdraw from politics altogether.

Further up and further in )

Which is also why, in the end, I've undertaken this reread. Narnia was central to my reading experience as a kid, as it was for many other people, and I've been concerned here to investigate both what Narnia was and is and what it absolutely wasn't. Lewis falls short by many of the rubrics I now use to judge the stories I read, but his influence on all of us is undeniable--I think everyone in the room raised their hands at FOGcon when, in the Rhetorical Argument in SFF panel, someone asked who'd read the Narnia books. If you try to imagine how your reading and the possibilities it opened up might have been different if the Narnia books had been different, you'll get a sense of the potential and the necessity, I think, of doing better, and of not giving Lewis a pass just because most of us read him in childhood. For all my criticism of the Narnia books on multiple levels in these posts, I haven't managed to diminish their own appeal to myself or to anyone who's read them, I'll wager. And as much as I still love Narnia--in some ways, I love Narnia all the more for having done this reread; the books really are fiercely good overall, but when Lewis falls down, he falls hard--and I would unhesitatingly recommend the Chronicles to just about anyone from age eight to one hundred and eight, we owe it to future readers to see if we can't do Lewis one better.

Prior posts:
starlady: the Pevensies in Lantern Waste (narnia)
Narnia - The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Book by Jules Tasca, music by Thomas Tierney, lyrics by Ed Drachman. Dir. Jon Tracy.

So I went with [personal profile] epershand to see this musical put on at the Berkeley Playhouse because we got the best Groupon ever and, well, it was awesome.

I think the most interesting choice the musical made was doubling Professor Kirke and Aslan, and Mrs. Macready and the Witch. It's a necessary dramaturgical choice, but it also gives the entire affair a rather Wizard of Oz feel--though of course Dorothy and the Gales eventually emigrated to Oz permanently, while the Pevensies were never allowed to do so. It worked well with the fact that adult actors were never brought onstage to double the adult Pevensies at the end of the Golden Age. We also discovered an artificial textual crux, about which there shall be a poll anon. And there was a random White Stag flitting about with bells and glitter! And Father Christmas looked like a bishop!

It's interesting, now that I'm sitting here rewatching the movie, to note just where this musical followed the movie's lead (in particular, on Susan and Susan's reaction to Narnia, right down to the appearance of the actress who played her here in Berkeley), and where it diverged. The musical drew Edmund's arc out more, and also Peter was a dork! He wore glasses! I never would have thought of Peter wearing glasses, but by the end I totally bought his transformation into Sir Peter and then into the High King. The musical also dramatized (in song, even) Edmund's conversation with Aslan at the Stone Table, but it played down, oddly, the miraculous elements of Aslan's resurrection. The Witch also looked like a semi-recovered flapper, and we were unimpressed with the bonus sexism! of her sexy reindeer and of Mrs. Beaver being a harridan (the Beavers in general are played as sort of broad Cockney types), as well as a musical number about the Witch getting (I kid you not) "hot and bothered" over Aslan's return. But! There was a happy song about torture and a snappy number about the Deep Magic since before the dawn of Time, as well as an actually really cool song about Cair Paravel, and in general, it was pretty great.

Poll #6423 A textual crux of great import!
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 31

The Captain of the Witch's Guard is named...

View Answers

14 (45.2%)

Fenris Ulf
12 (38.7%)

I don't know that off the top of my head...
2 (6.5%)

He's a wolf no matter what he's called.
7 (22.6%)

This Narnia obsession has gone way too far.
3 (9.7%)

Ticky box learned to always clean your sword from that scene.
15 (48.4%)

Ticky box believes in the prophecy of the four thrones.
4 (12.9%)

Ticky box believes in Aslan.
7 (22.6%)

Finally, some Narnia recs:
[personal profile] snacky has remixed some a softer world comics with the Narnia movies, here and here. They are all pretty great.

Keep Your Eyes Open, by [personal profile] diarmi (Lucy-centric) and
Weapon, by [ profile] obsessive24 (Edmund-centric)

Final footnote: How did I not know about [community profile] narnia until yesterday? DW circle, you are all fired! Fired!
starlady: the Pevensies in Lantern Waste (narnia)
Lewis, C.S. The Silver Chair. New York: Harper Collins, 1994. [1953]

This travel poster is pretty awesome. Also, TSC is not the next Narnia movie; that honor goes to TMN! Color me surprised, though I still think TMN is one of my favorite books, so yay. But onward, to the book itself.

to breathe again the air of Narnia )

Unhappy postscript: Perry Moore, who wrote the book Hero and who secured the rights to the Narnia movies before working as an executive producer on them, died recently at the age of 39.
starlady: King Edmund the Just of Narnia, called the King of Evening & the King of Shadows (it's king actually)
Lewis, C.S. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. New York: Harper Collins, 1994. [1952]

Now with 100% more quotations!

I claimed earlier that HHB is a pivot in the series, but upon rereading this book, it's clear that I spoke too soon: it's VDT that is the crux.

To Aslan, all times are soon. )
starlady: Peter, Susan, Edmund & Lucy foment a revolution in Narnia (once & always a king or queen in narnia)
Lewis, C.S. Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia. New York: Harper Collins, 1994. [1951]

Though my copy of this book is also well-read, I recall clearly not liking it very much until eighth grade, when my second grade reading partner insisted we read it because it was her favorite, and I came to see its good points--namely, Pevensies in Narnia! But despite some things about it that I like very much, I have real problems with it on multiple levels.

The Return to Narnia )

Also, if you haven't seen the two Narnia festivids, Never the Same and The Greatest Day, you should, because they're both pretty damn awesome.
starlady: Queen Susan of Narnia, called the Gentle and the Queen of Spring (gentle queen how now)
Lewis, C.S. The Horse and His Boy. New York: Harper Collins, 1994. [1954]

This book, by contrast, is the most well-thumbed of all my copies of the seven, and I remember quite clearly rereading it many times as a kid. I know why I liked it so much; it's the only book of the seven set entirely in the world of Narnia, and the only book in which we get to see (some of) the Pevensies as adults there, in the Golden Age.

This book is problematic, and a pivot. )
starlady: the Pevensies in Lantern Waste (narnia)
As well as being Martin Luther King, Jr., Day in the States, today is the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of Patrice Lumumba, the first elected president of what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo. I recommend Adam Hochschild's piece in the Times to everyone.

Lewis, C.S. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. New York: Harper Collins, 1994. [1950]

I can remember this book not being my particular favorite when I first read the books in fourth grade, and I can see why; it's one of the shortest of the books, and on reread it's surprising to me how much of it doesn't actually take place in Narnia--not until the beginning of chapter 6 do Peter and Susan get into Narnia--and how quickly it feels like things wrap up once they do. Not know the Queen of Narnia? You shall know us better hereafter. )
starlady: the Pevensies in Lantern Waste (narnia)
So I'm rereading the seven Chronicles of Narnia, in internal chronological order. It's been probably a dozen years since I read all of these books, and in the following entries my thoughts are a jumble of reactions on at least four levels: Watsonian, Doylist, and fannish of both a critical and laudatory variety. I loved these books as a child, and I still do; it's still possible for me to access, dimly, the spirit of following the author's lead in which I first read them in fourth grade, but that doesn't preclude criticism, not anymore at least; like so many other books of children's fantasy, I do find them in some ways flawed, or at least, they're not everything I want them to be on the page. So, you know, depending on your reaction to Narnia, you may just want to look at this cat macro instead. But I shall do my best to be honest about my own reactions, and the reasons behind them.

Lewis, C.S. The Magician's Nephew. New York: Harper Collins, 1994. [1955]

The Wood Between the Worlds, and what they found there )
starlady: King Edmund the Just of Narnia, called the King of Evening & the King of Shadows (it's king actually)
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. 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 [personal profile] 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.
starlady: Peter, Susan, Edmund & Lucy foment a revolution in Narnia (once & always a king or queen in narnia)
So the other night (like two weeks ago) Prince Caspian was on the TV and I actually sat down and watched all of it. And I liked it, much better than I was expecting to--my sister tells me I turned down the chance to see it with her & our mother twice, which I actually really regret, but I don't remember that at all. 

Prince Caspian was never one of my particular favorites of the books when I was rereading them obsessively in elementary school and thereabouts (I like them all for different reasons, with the possible glaring exception nowadays of the 7th (and I go by internal chronology)), but I started to like it better in 8th grade after my reading partner (she was a 2nd grader) said that it was her favorite and we read it out loud: it's the last time the Pevensies are all together in Narnia, which is saying something. The movie of course is quite different from the book, in ways that I liked: Warrior Queen!Susan, Caspian generally being awesome, the extended battles and strategies in the war, even the Witch showing up again momentarily. I thought it was a better movie than TLWW, too, though I liked TLWW fine. (Obviously the changes made are the sort to bother some people a lot, which is not something anyone needs my approval about, and which I can understand, if not agree with.)

My thoughts on Narnia.  )

But when the movie finished I decided to finally check out Carpetbaggers[personal profile] cofax7's massive, and massively awesome, Narnia WIP: It's the story of how the Pevensies make themselves the rulers of Narnia in fact as well as in name, and it's just amazing. Cofax is awesome at plotting, and at teasing out how to go about nation-building, and at not flinching from the implications of 100 years of winter and never Christmas in all their deeply troubling reality, and she gets the Pevensies so right, and it's just so, so brilliant (also totally gen), I can't recommend it enough. 

And all this went down just in time for TVDT, which was my favorite of the books for a good long while. YES. 
starlady: Cindi Mayweather running through Metropolis (i believe in the archandroid)
I don't even remember where some of these came from, it's been so long.

Via my sister, Janelle Monáe fanart, a lot of it!

And the trailer for the (Japanese!) movie version of Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami!

And a story that takes 1000 years to read.

And a post on evacuating a children's camp in the Russian wilderness in the face of wildfires; The New Yorker says the fires ought to be Putin & Medvedev's Katrina, but they aren't because of lack of media freedom.

Also from The New Yorker, George Packer covered the Senate like it was a foreign country, and his conclusions are vital & depressing.

Also from the "vital & depressing" department, Jeffrey Goldberg writes about the high probability of Israel bombing Iran by this time next year in The Atlantic.

The SEC accused New Jersey of securities fraud. I agree that they should have named names.

Run (or walk) for Congo women. A lot of the events have yet to take place; I know [ profile] beatonna was thinking of fundraising for the NYC run.

Espresso map of northern North America. I guess I'm going to Mullica Hill when I'm next in Jersey.

How I'd hack your weak passwords and how to delete internet usage tracks. (I think these three are from [personal profile] cofax7.)

Interview about Dreamwidth with [staff profile] denise!

[personal profile] lian rec'd Captive Prince on her journal recently. Sounds interesting, for sure.

[personal profile] aria, rec list of Narnia crossovers

All the books you'll be lusting for this fall at io9. I've read Mockingjay, and it's awesome.

Hungover Owls via [personal profile] raanve on Twitter.

Fall 2010 anime schedule (untranslated). Hmm...looks like slim pickings, but we'll see.

[personal profile] wistfuljane, vividcon & race & representation

And via [personal profile] yifu, last but not least, Team Aang responds to M. Night's treachery. You have to watch this, seriously.


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