28 May 2010

Is the Book Always Better Than the Movie?

Aslan, don't you just
want one of your own?  I do.
This week I've (the Big Sister) been listening to the complete collection of Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.  When I started listening to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe I remembered the movie, so we went to the library and borrowed a copy. 

I watched it once before when I was a little kid and it scared me, but this time I knew what was going to happen.  There were a few animated faces that were freaky, The White Witch's creatures, Mom fast forwarded those parts.  In the beginning it shows the war which wasn't in the book at all, that scared me more than the Witch's army --it was modern war and there were bombs, not the swords and spears and swashbuckling that I am into.  In fact, the battle scene was my favorite, you could tell it was animated-- even though there were cyclops, ogres and freaky faced creatures, no scary dark dreams last night.

I thought the movie The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe couldn't be as good as the book but it turned out better than I expected.  After reading the book and watching the movie this week I am left with a feeling of glee and wishing I was lived in Narnia. 

An interesting fact: C.S. Lewis wrote the books for his God-daughter Lucy.  If you want to read more, get a copy and read the letter from C.S. Lewis to Lucy -- it is just before the Cast of Characters List.  Another interesting fact:  C.S stands for Clive Staples!


  1. Anonymous10:01 AM

    The movie (The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe) wouldn't have been as scary without the music, but it would have been boring without the music --so it was okay.

    My favorite scene was when Susan was trying to get a bull's eye with her arrows and then Lucy, the little sister, took out her little sword and she threw it right to the bull's eye!!

    I like the movie better than the book.

  2. The Librarian10:39 PM

    Sometimes it's nice to switch it up an be inspired enough by the movie to find the book. I did that with The Namesake (Jhumpa Lahiri). We all know you just can't get intimate with the characters in the movies, no matter what, but from my perspective the people who did the movie focused on what the book couldn't do...immerse us in vivid colors and rich images. That was worth watching the movie.