The Lord, Hollywood, and Lewis

I nervously await the film adaptation of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Will the message be “Disney-fied”? SDG at JimmyAkin.org is worried, too.

Now that Walden Media is at work on The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, Narnia fans are understandably wary. For one thing, as well-loved as these books are both inside and outside the church, they don’t have nearly the huge following of the Lord of the Rings books. For another, the Christian themes in Lewis’s books are so much more blatant than those of Tolkien’s books that the risk of Hollywood subversion and the stakes in the event of such subversion are higher.

Comments 2

  1. John Thompson wrote:

    This reminds me of a moment which is not at all germane, but is very funny. My aunt helen, who spent her whole working life teaching at Catholic schools (she’s the first person who told me there were biblical images in the Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe) was talking to me about christian images in writing. And she started talking about how beautiful an ode to Christ the poem “O Captain My Captain” is. Entirely undeterred by the fact that the poem is dedicated to Abraham Lincoln.

    Posted 19 Aug 2004 at 2:43 am
  2. h2 wrote:

    Whitman often allowed for expanded meanings to his work, and did in fact incorporate his spirituality into much of it. There were parallels, and it wouldn’t shock me if Whitman had intended them.

    Back to the point of the entry, I find it interesting that they’ll be doing another version of what was always one of my favorite books — I also hope they can do a decent job, without comletely declawing the story’s meaning.

    Oh, and btw, I see you’ve figured out the perfect scheme to pump up the comments: put the link in Latin.
    Just kidding…

    Posted 19 Aug 2004 at 8:14 am

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