1. Galadriel says:

    That…oh my…I know that was meant to be a spoof, but it made me break out in literary hives. Just…no…

  2. Young Digory Kirke is in dire straits–his mother is dying and he’s under the care of his abusive Uncle Andrew, who dabbles in the Dark Arts. […]

    Fred: you had better pray the Narnia screenwriters don’t find that. My guess is they’ve probably already thought up that “adaptation” of The Magician’s Nephew for the forthcoming film.

    “And thank you so much for bringing that up. While you’re at it, why don’t you give me a nice paper cut and pour lemon juice on it?”

  3. Morgan Busse says:

    LOL! Fred, I just love your posts 🙂

  4. John Weaver says:

    lol. that’s great!

  5. Tsk, tsk, Fred, the traditional publishing world is only catching up with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: online fanfiction writers (and probably their magazine-bound predecessors) have been doing mashups for years. They’re called crossovers. FanFiction.net has a whole subdomain devoted to them. You name it, they’ve got it (including, I kid you not, a Narnia/High School musical crossover).

    Seriously, though, they’re not all bad either. Just like fan fiction at large, you have to dig through the drek to find the good stuff; hmm, that quest could really describe all fiction. In full disclosure, I’ve dabbled in this genre myself. Like good fanfiction of the solitary nature, so long as the story does not bend the characters and underlying motifs of the source material like a pretzel merely to suit author vanity, I’m good with a creative fusion of two stories.

    Plus, there’s always parody. And we’ve already said we’re OK with parody, right? 😉

    • Fred Warren says:

      Alas, it seems I’m already behind the times, out of touch, tone-deaf to popular culture. *Sigh* You look away for a second, and everybody’s using cordless phones…

    • Michelle: I am, anyway, though with some reservations, and of course the views expressed in my own columns do not necessarily reflect the views of Speculative Faith, its management or its nonexistent advertisers. 😀

  6. Kaci Hill says:

    Not to be confused with Last of the Marshwiggles, The Taming of the Mouse, Much Ado About Wardrobes, or A Wizard for All Seasons. 0=)

    Oddly enough, your Horse and His Boy kinda helped me out. I never liked that one as much because it bothered me it didn’t fit with the rest of the series.

    • Fred Warren says:

      Kaci: Yeah, I had a similar reaction the first time I read it, back in high school. HHB is almost a stand-alone, though it provides some background on the Calormene culture that is helpful in LB. I enjoy the way it’s filled with gentle illustrations of God’s presence (and Aslan is *present* through almost the entire story, though nobody realizes it until later), including one of my favorite portrayals of the Trinity.

      • Kaci Hill says:

        Oh, I definitely appreciate it more now. But when I first tried I was probably a fourth or fifth grader–didn’t really become a Narnia fan before jr. high or high school.

        And as you say, the subtle working of Aslan is amazing. 0=)

  7. Well, Fred, this is not real stories unless we have giant Japanese robots as equalizers. If the kids from Narnia can pilot them, this will bring instant fandom.

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