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Rev Stan

Thanks for that explanation Simon. Must admit I've not read beyond Prince Caspian. Translation from page to screen is always tricky and often much of the subtlety is lost.
I'd be interested to know what a fan of the book thought of the film.

Simon Pudsey

The problem with the Narnia books, is that there is a degree of religious theming, but this was only part of the multi-layer nature of the grand scheme. Having read the superlative "Planet Narnia", you can actually see the planetary influences in each of the books. In this book it is the Sun which takes prominence (Jupiter in LWW and . This kind of imagery and thinking can be hard to convey in a simplistic visual format and therefore the film can only ever be a shadow of the book. It also becomes horribly evident that Tolkien used the same thinking and imagery in his "Lord of the Rings" (both were scholars of medieval thinking at Oxford at the same time). You can almost believe that they cooked both sets of books up together. Tolkien took his in a different direction but its all there.


But in it's defence it does have the VERY attractive Ben Barnes in so even if the storyline isn't up to much, you can always sit back and admire the view...

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