1. Abby says:

    The Chronicles of Narnia actually have been made into a TV series, but I don’t think many people know about them. The BBC made three mini-series of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and The Silver Chair. They were made in the late 80s, so all the talking animals are people in costumes, and Aslan is a stuffed lion puppet that doesn’t really move except for his mouth. I grew up watching them before the movies came out. It’s a little weird seeing the beavers and Reepicheep almost as tall as the humans, but I still remember liking them. When I saw the first movie I thought the BBC White Witch was better than the White Witch in the movie, and when I think of Puddleglum I still think of the Tom Baker version. I think they were fairly close to the books, except I think they shortened Dawn Treader a little.

    • David W. Landrum says:

      I often ask if the film is “re-creating” the book. Dawn Treader is my favorite Narnia book, and the film version varied quite a bit from the book; but if they had followed the plot of the book, the film would have been long and probably rather boring. But the film more or less told the story, the essence of it, even if it did vary from the book. This, I think, is the key. On other hand, Ophra’s version of A Wrinkle in Time did *not* recreate the story, which is a Christian tale, but made into a junior-feminist new-age parable. It flopped, and this was the reason why. At the end of the book, when Meg asks why she able to defeat the brain, her father quotes the verse from Romans about how God uses the weak things of the world to defeat the strong. You’re not going to hear that in an Ophra film (she has often voiced her dislike of the Bible). Her director did not recreate the book. I think the directors of Lord of the Rings and the Narnia films, to some extent at least, did.

  2. princesselwen says:

    The problem I often have with adaptations is that it often seems that the filmmakers have to fit everything into a formula, and that makes the adaptation suffer as a result. Especially if the author was very unique or groundbreaking, it can be depressing to watch it go through the Hollywood grinder and come out as something generic.
    Plus, what I like best about Narnia is Lewis’ writing style, and that can’t be captured on film.

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