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Tag:Three Days, Three Quotes #2

Thanks again to Cat aka The Book Finch for tagging me for the Three Days, Three Quotes Tag!

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for three consecutive days.
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day.

I decided that for this tag I would pick my three quotes from my childhood faves, yesterday it was it was Alice in Wonderland today The Lion Witch and the Wardrobe. Keep your eyes peeled tomorrow and look out for childhood book and favourite quote number three!

Day 2- The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis

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 “If you’ve been up all night and cried till you have no more tears left in you – you will know that there comes in the end a sort of quietness. You feel as if nothing was ever going to happen again.”

C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe 

I have been taking part in The Problem with Susan Challenge to find out what went wrong with the oldest Pevensy girl. This involves reading and reviewing the series, to find out more about this challenge read A Problem with Susan- Always a Queen of Narnia? and my The Magicians Nephew Review.

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Happy Reading Everyone!

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The Magicians Nephew Review – Chronicles of Narnia Book 1

 

 This is part of The Problem of Susan Challenge and will contain spoilers for the Chronicles of Narnia.

I decided to read the Chronicles of Narnia chronologically instead od publication order if you want to know why or you want to know more about my The Problem of Susan Challenge click here.

The Magicians Nephew takes place before The Lion Witch and the Wardrobe and follows best friends and next door neighbours Diggory and Polly. Diggory and Polly are playing together when they find their way into Diggory’s uncle’s ‘office’ and unwittingly discover he is a magician. Diggory’s mad uncle sends the children to another world using two magical rings desperate to know where the rings will lead them and far to cowardly to go himself.  At first the children don’t go to Narnia but they do meet a young and just as wicket White Witch.

What did I think?

I read the Lion Witch and the Wardrobe when I was a child and have since heard endless people say how there are many Christian connotations within the stories. As a child it was not something I picked up on perhaps children just read a book for what it is and don’t read to much into what it says. There is a passage in this book where Aslan literally sings Narnia into existence which was a really interesting example and it was really interesting to see for the first time what I had been told many times before.

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This book was okay it lacked a lot of the magic of some of the other books The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe in particular. The main character Diggory was a horrible spiteful little boy who pulled and pinched his friend Polly who was a sweet girl but a poorly developed female character.  How  Narnia and the talking animals came to be was interesting but I don’t think it warranted a whole book.

Interesting Fact: Anyone who wants to find out how the lamp post got into Narnia should read this book, just saying…

Paint and Butterflies rating 2/5 Butterflies

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Next book –  The Lion Witch and the Wardrobe

September TBR

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I have high hopes for September and really feel it’s going to be a great reading month. There is so much I want to read at the moment so my theory is chuck it all in my September TBR and endeavour to read it ALL! (Maybe there are some flaws in this plan? We will see…)

I am in a bit of a weird reading mood at the moment where I keep flitting from one book then another, I don’t normally read more than one book at a time but at the moment I have quite a few things on the go all of which I am hoping to finish in September.

  1. Draganfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon #2 Outlander Series

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The second book in the Outlander series, if you haven’t read the first one… what have you been doing and of you haven’t seen the show… guys you are missing out on this guy. Enough said.

2. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

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3. Ariel by Sylvia Plath

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Ariel is a short poetry collection which I am already nearly done with and I am sure will be reviewing soon.

4. The Lion Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis

I am currently reading the Chronicles of Narnia as part of my The Problem of Susan Challenge click here to find out more. I am reading the books chronologically hoping that will give me a better insight to the books and to Susan.

5. The Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

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I keep hearing great things about this series and this book has just been sitting patiently on my shelf. I have read the first three chapters and I think it’s something I’m really going to enjoy and look forward to reviewing!

6. Stonemouth by Iain Banks

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I watched the BBC adaptation of Stonemouth earlier this year and LOVED it. This is a Scottish Romeo and Juliet with gangsters, what more could you want?

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I hope I can get through all these month as well as leaving some time open for some random reads. I’m really excited about my September reading.

Happy reading everyone! x

The Problem of Susan- Always a Queen of Narnia?

Spoilers- The Chronicles of Narnia

When I was child I adored The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe I had a paperback copy of the story which had been read and re-read so many times the pages and cover was coming away.

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Then for Christmas one year I was given a VHS copy of the BBC adaptation and watched it over and over. There was and still is something magical about Narnia under the reign of the White Witch, a place where it is always Winter never Christmas and the four Pevensie children who happen across Narnia all thanks to a magical wardrobe.

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The tale revolved around Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy but for me Susan was my child hood heroine, she was the oldest girl (like me) and shot a bow and arrow which lets be honest is pretty bad ass. But my adventures with the Pevensie children ended after the third book in the seven book series The Voyage of The Dawn Treader. This I thought was to be the children’s last adventure but never the less it was mine. I don’t remember why I never ‘returned’ to Narnia all I know is that with nostalgic love the stories have stayed with me and now in my twenties I still think of them with the same great affection.

Last night The Voyage of The Dawn Treader was on TV and so sparked a conversation that will change my opinion of C.S Lewis, Narnia, Susan and the other Pevensie children forever.

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My friends and I were watching the (2010) film when one of them piped up and said “shame how the book series ended” leaving me gaping wiped eyed desperate for answers. She went on to explain that three of the Pevensie children die in a train crash and upon their deaths return to Narnia. She went on further to explain that Susan does not die and does not return to Narnia, having ‘turned her back on the world and is said to no longer be friend of Narnia’.

I have only read the first three books so I find it hard to form a opinion on what happened to Susan but since last night and the revelation that my childhood heroine was rejected from a world where it was promised she would always be a Queen I have struggled to except her end.

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When researching Susan briefly last night I found this quote from J.K Rowling regarding her fate-

 “There comes a point where Susan, who was the older girl, is lost to Narnia because she becomes interested in lipstick. She’s become irreligious basically because she found sex. I have a big problem with that.”

After finding comments on Susan from J.K Rowling, Neil Gaiman (check out Neil Gaiman’s short story Here) and numerous other authors I have decided to explore Narnia and The Problem with Susan  more. Reading all seven of the books this time, I have also decided to read them chronologically ending of course with The Last Battle. I am hoping to discover Narnia once more but most importantly discover Susan and find out what happened to her.

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I read somewhere last night that this is truly the first time an author  has turned their back on their own character. I don’t know if C.S Lewis turned his back on Susan but I intend to find out. My Susan Challenge begins now!