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January 07, 2006


Pavlov's Cat

Aha -- see, I've always thought that not only was JK Rowling being derivative on purpose, but that the derivativeness was actually (well, mainly) the point of it all. I just see her as using very, very contemporary habits of mind on very, very traditional material, as a superlatively good po-mo kids' writer, and the books as brilliant pastiche. (And not just of the school-story genre, but of stuff as recent as the Star Wars movies.)


I haven't read any of the HP books nor seen the films (did see one on a plane once, which hardly counts.) I think the reason I haven't is connected to your reaction to this Narnia film - it's all best left to children and childhood.


We (ie my son) have some of the Curdie and Princess stories on tape - a BBC radio production from the 1970s. I'd never heard of them before this. They srtrike me as fairly standard fairytales, not akin to something like the Narnia series.


Thanks for the comments El. Now I've just noticed I've lost my bright yellow clock! I'm beginning to feel a touch of paranoia.


Twas only a kitchen clock, surely!


Can you see the Bright Yellow Clock on my blog? It's above the banner "Australian Central Standard Time".

I've just discovered that Norton Internet Security/Antivirus blocks it being seen. I can see it at work but not at home. I recently did a Live Update of Norton's and am now encountering numerous bugs. The first was my email didn't work, and now my clock has gone.

My renewal subscription to Norton is almost due. I think they're trying to tell me something as every morning there is a reminder to renew.


Agree with much of this El, although I rather liked Peter in the film; he seemed pleasingly unsure of himself, whereas I've always hated the smugness and sanctimoniousness of his character in the books. Totally agree about Lucy, she was played far too young. The Professor was very disappointing too I thought (his advice to Peter and Susan comes across as pat and sentimental rather than wise; I suspect the overrated Jim Broadbent is part of the problem here).

Having said all that I enjoyed the film immensely; I think at heart I am still just a big Narnia freak and I'm incapable of not enjoying a film I've been waiting my whole life for. (The LOTR films on the other hand left me completely cold, and Tolkein's cosmology may be more fully developed by it's also STUPID.)

I do have to disagree about The Magician's Nephew; I actually think that's where the rot sets in; it tries to retrofit everything and answer too many questions and indeed for me it demonstrates the peril of fully realised cosmologies. I think I prefer ad hoc, jerry-built cosmologies myself. Best Narnia book is easily The Silver Chair.

elsewhere's a jumble sale, Narnia's just a jumble sale of mythology. That was the sickening truth I learned from the film.

The Silver Chair is good but depressing (that's when things get dark). I thought the Dawn Treader was the low point of the series, really.

Critters agreed with me about Narnia on RN, esp the portrayal of Lucy.

There is a kinder review of Narnia for the fans here:

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