Narnia: The Books and Movies are Different

In Lewis’s telling of all of the Narnia tales, the children’s experiences as kings and queens in Narnia consistently transform them into nobler, more virtuous people in their own world. They are not spoiled children wanting to be kings again; they are noble kings who carry that very nobility back into their non-royal roles as schoolchildren.

But not so in Hollywood. To be a king at all is to hunger for power forevermore, like a tiger that has tasted human blood and ever afterwards is a “man-eater.” To lose imperial power by being transported back to England is to become a bitter, sullen, acrimonious brat. That is just what Peter has become, and his folly is the driving force behind most of the action in the movie.”

Click HERE to Read Steven D. Boyer’s “Narnia Invaded: How the New Films Subvert Lewis’s Hierarchical World.”


3 thoughts on “Narnia: The Books and Movies are Different”

    1. Alejandra,

      Thanks for passing along that review. I thought the first film was great and more true to the book, but the second one was weaker. I plan on seeing the third during my Christmas break. Let me know that you think of it.


  1. The best part of Narnia books and movies is the portrait of Christ in Aslan. I may disagree with other aspects of Lewis’ theology but I have to say that he painted a wonderful picture of Christ.

    My wife and I just saw the third movie. It departs the most from the book but I need to go back and re-read the book to be sure how much. The best line from the movie (my paraphrase):

    “In your world I am known by another name. You must learn to know me by that name.” – Aslan.

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