The thing that keeps striking me as I read through the Chronicles of Narnia recently is how short these books are. In my imagination, these are big books, maybe not Harry Potter length children’s books, but fairly weighty tomes.
The reality is that the Chronicles of Narnia are short children’s books. The single volume of the whole series is shorter than just Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. So it seems a bit odd to me that the movies are so long.
The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe is just over 4 hours on audiobook but 2 and a half hours as a movie.
The 2005 movie is faithful and good. But it loses some of the childhood wonders of the book. I have been reluctant to read The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe as I have been reading through CS Lewis because it is such a familiar story to me. I choose to listen to it on audiobook (in part because I ran across it at the library) but also because I wanted to re-capture being read to. This is one of the earliest books I remember being read to me.
My Mom read a lot of books to us especially as we were driving. And I attribute much of my love for reading to those reading sessions in the car.
So in some ways, I can’t help but feel any movie pales in comparison. And even reading a book on my own has to pale slightly too long ago memories. Still, I am surprised how much the short story has the power to create wonder.
In a very different way, it is not unlike re-reading the later Harry Potter books for the first time since they came out a couple of months ago. Good books still have power, even when you re-read them and approach them at a different point in life.
Related Bookwi.se Reviews of books by or about CS Lewis
- Out of the Silent Planet (Space Trilogy #1)
- Perelandra by CS Lewis (Space Trilogy #2)
- That Hideous Strength by CS Lewis (Space Trilogy #3)
- A Life Observed: A Spiritual Biography of CS Lewis by Devin Brown
- Reflections on the Psalms by CS Lewis
- CS Lewis: A Life by Alister McGrath (Biography of Lewis)
- Surprised by Joy by CS Lewis (Memoir by Lewis)
- Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer by CS Lewis
- Till We Have Faces by CS Lewis
- The Horse and His Boy by CS Lewis (Narnia)
- The Silver Chair by CS Lewis (Narnia)
- The Magician’s Nephew (Narnia)
- The Last Battle by CS Lewis (Narnia)