the Narnia tag // feat. me fangirling + I need to reread the series

Hey, friends of Narnia! (At least I hope you’re a friend of Narnia. If you’re not… allow this post to turn you into one. ;)) Today I’m doing a tag that I first saw on Jenna Terese’s blog (and also Kendra Lynne’s), and was then tagged for by Ryan Elizabeth, who informed me that it was created by S.J. Barnard! (Go check out all those blogs. They’re amazing.)

It is, obviously, the Narnia tag, and I’m so excited!

(Also, I haven’t blogged for way too long. I’m just so happy to be posting again.)

I first discovered Narnia at age six when my dad read the books to my little sister and me, and I appreciate them more and more as I get older. They’re true masterpieces of literature (*glares at Tolkien*) and I love them to death. (Well, not literally to death. But, you know. A lot.) I actually, well, haven’t read them in far too long, so we’ll see how much I remember 😉

rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you (Thanks to Jenna for leaving the tag open, and Kendra for reminding me to do it!)
  • Describe the rate of your Narnia fanatic (nostalgic, serious, maniacal)
  • Answer the questions below
  • Tag 5+ bloggers
  • Have fun!
i love this graphic!!

(also: spoilers from this point on. obviously.)

rate of Narnia fanatics:

01. Nostalgic Fanatic — you read the book and/or watched the movies as a child and the word Narnia gives you a warm feeling

02. Serious Fanatic — you rediscovered the wonder of Narnia after you were older and have read the books and watched the movies

03. Maniacal Fanatic — you have lived Narnia from childhood, hid in closets on more occasions than is healthy, have read and watched all the movies including the BBC version

I’m probably closest to maniacal fanatic (though I haven’t seen the BBC versions), because I’ve reread the books many times and I love the movies too — that is, LWW is fantastic, Prince Caspian takes some weird liberties but is still enjoyable, and I *cough* haven’t seen Voyage. (But I want to.) Maybe I’m a serious fanatic. Though I must confess to having imagined my family’s armoire to be a wardrobe. And I may have been Susan for Halloween once??


1 // who’s your favorite Pevensie sibling?

This question is so hard, because the answer often changes… when I was little it was 100% Susan, then I got older and started to identify with Lucy, then I idolized Peter and wanted to marry someone like him (*cough* that’s kinda still true), and now…

…it’s Edmund.

I love a good redemption arc, and Edmund’s is everything. (That sentence made no sense, but I’m leaving it, because… I don’t know why. Don’t ask, okay.)

[E]ven a traitor may mend. I have known one that did.

Edmund betrays his entire family, and all of Narnia, to the evil White Witch. But Aslan forgives him anyway.

(language warning… ish… in the next quote)

“That’s all right,” said Edmund. “Between ourselves, you haven’t been as bad as I was on my first trip to Narnia. You were only an ass, but I was a traitor.”

“Well, don’t tell me about it, then,” said Eustace. “But who is Aslan? Do you know him?”

“Well — he knows me,” said Edmund. “He is the great Lion, the son of the Emperor-beyond-the-Sea, who saved me and saved Narnia.”

Not only is Edmund redeemed, but we lucky readers get to see his redemption change every aspect of his life — as an adult king, and then later as a teen again in Voyage. Especially when he gets to tell Eustace that there is hope… aghh, I love him so much.

source

2 // what is the most underrated Narnia book?

#narniaedit from long flight
source (jill pole)

The Last Battle! I know there are some problems with the book, and it definitely closes on a cliffhanger (I’m still waiting for Olivia to write her Susan story), but it’s my personal favorite.

I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now.

Dance Out the Feels: Anna's Fanart List
source (tirian + jewel)

They have chosen cunning instead of belief. Their prison is only in their minds, yet they are in that prison; and so afraid of being taken in that they cannot be taken out.

source (aslan + emeth)

Yeah, that scene is theologically confusing. Sure, I’d love to discuss it. But can we all agree it’s marvelously written and incredibly beautiful? Whether or not it makes sense?

And for us this the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after. But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.


3 // who is your favorite Narnian king?

Besides Edmund, it’s Caspian! He’s loyal, noble, and passionately unpredictable.

“I might as well have behaved decently for all the good I did with my temper and swagger. Aslan has spoken to me…. It was terrible — his eyes. Not that he was at all rough with me — only a bit stern at first. But it was terrible all the same. And he said — he said — oh, I can’t bear it. The worst thing he could have said. You’re to go on… and I’m to go back. Alone. And at once. And what is the good of anything?”

“Caspian, dear,” said Lucy. “You knew we’d have to go back to our own world sooner or later.”

“Yes,” said Caspian with a sob, “but this is sooner.”

Also, I found a collage that has a blond Caspian!! Everyone forgets that in the books, he has gold hair!


4 // who is your favorite Narnian queen?

I’ve always wanted to know more about Ramandu’s daughter (Caspian’s wife).

The figure carried a light, and the light was really all that they could see distinctly. It came slowly nearer and nearer till at last it stood right at the table opposite to them. Now they could see that it was a tall girl, dressed in a single long garment of clear blue which left her arms bare. She was bareheaded and her yellow hair hung down her back. And when they looked at her they thought they had never before known what beauty meant.

“In the world from which my friends come… they have a story of a prince or a king coming to a castle where all the people lay in an enchanted sleep. In that story he could not dissolve the enchantment until he had kissed the Princess.”

“But here,” said the girl, “it is different. Here he cannot kiss the Princess till he has dissolved the enchantment.”

(I had to get out our copy of the Chronicles to find that quote, since Goodreads — and all other online sources — are unaware of its existence. And it’s just reminding me how much I need to reread the series…)


5 // which non-human Narnian do you like best?

Why is this a question?

Two close runners-up are Reepicheep:

My own plans are made. While I can, I sail east in the Dawn Treader. When she fails me, I paddle east in my coracle. When she sinks, I shall swim east with my four paws. And when I can swim no longer, if I have not reached Aslan’s country, or shot over the edge of the world into some vast cataract, I shall sink with my nose to the sunrise.

And Puddleglum:

Suppose we have only dreamed, or made up, all those things — trees and grass and sun and moon and stars and Aslan himself. Suppose we have. Then all I can say is that, in that case, the made-up things seem a good deal more important than the real ones. Suppose this black pit of a kingdom of yours is the only world. Well, it strikes me as a pretty poor one. And that’s a funny thing, when you come to think of it. We’re just babies making up a game, if you’re right. But four babies playing a game can make a play-world which licks your real world hollow. That’s why I’m going to stand by the play world. I’m on Aslan’s side even if there isn’t any Aslan to lead it. I’m going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn’t any Narnia.


6 // which book deserves a movie?

… All of them.

All. Of. Them.

I want a new movie (or TV) series in which the major messages/plots of the books are kept (i.e. no Caspian/Susan subplot), all the characters are played by the same actors all the way through, and Jadis doesn’t wear weird dresses with stiff necklines.

source (aravis)

7 // what is the one thing you did as a Narnia fan that you do not regret?

I don’t regret anything I’ve done as a Narnia fan 😛


I tag…

Zachary // Esmeralda // Liesl // Havalah // Ariella // Theia // Story Sponge // Katie // R.J. // Sarah // (a different) Sarah

If you don’t do tags, haven’t read Narnia, are very busy, or for any other reason decide not to do this tag, I won’t be offended.

If you weren’t tagged but want to do it anyway…

I won’t be offended either! (Seriously, please do this tag! I want to know what you have to say about Narnia.)

P.S. How are you doing? Which Narnia book is your favorite?

20 thoughts on “the Narnia tag // feat. me fangirling + I need to reread the series

  1. NARNIA! Love this. The Last Battle truly is underrated, it is a gem (because ALL of the books are gems). Thank you for tagging me, I look forward to answering these questions and having an excuse to talk about one of my favorite books series’ ever. 🙂

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  2. Wow— I just stumbled onto your blog, and I absolutely love it!! 💜 This tag and your answers are awesome. 😁 Plus I love the photo collages you interspersed throughout— it makes me want to read the series all over again! Can’t wait to explore your blog more, Maya.😊 Have a wonderful day!! 💗

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  3. I love this! I started re-reading The Voyage of the Dawn Treader last night after reading this post. And yes…Edmund! He’s my favorite–but I do love the others. I still hear Kenneth Branagh’s (the guy who reads the audiobook version) voice in my head every time I read the them. Thanks for posting. It was great to re-visit Narnia.

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  4. Yesss this is the Best of Tags. Narnia forever!

    I too am waiting for Olivia to write her Susan story. I want it very much. I also love those arts you found of The Last Battle. I don’t personally like that Chronicle very much, but Tirian and Jewel and Emeth and the DWARVES are some of the most memorable characters of the whole series, to me. And I’ve always loved that scene with Emeth, even if it is theologically confusing or whatever. It’s not as if Narnia is a theology book, anyway; it’s a story…

    Ramandu’s daughter is such a fascinating character! I reread The Silver Chair recently and ever since then I’ve been wondering about her. The entire Voyage of the Dawn Treader is one long exercise in frustration at all this cool stuff that you barely get to explore before it’s on to the new marvel…I love it and I hate it. 😛

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    • Yesss how could I forget the dwarves? That scene is very poweerful.

      Yeah, I can see that. I kinda… need to reread all the books because I don’t remember them very well. Honestly all of Narnia is too short for me and I wish Lewis wrote huge tomes like Tolkien. But maybe they’re better because we get to imagine some things? Idk. School is messing up my brain too xP

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      • I wish Lewis wrote huge tomes like Tolkien too. I don’t think the shortness of the Narnia books makes them less enjoyable, but I do really really wish there was MORE. Because I love them. And it’s not as if writing huge tomes takes any of that ability to imagine away from the reader! There are still endless corners to fill in with one’s imagination in Middle-earth, even though Tolkien did provide more detail than Lewis.
        (I AM glad Lewis didn’t take his entire life to write Narnia and never write anything else, a la Tolkien, though. :P)

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