- Narnia Invaded
How the New Films Subvert Lewiss Hierarchical World
by Steven D. Boyer
As everyone knows, two Hollywood productions of recent years bear the titles
of two of C. S. Lewiss famous stories from The Chronicles of Narnia: The
Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian. The third installment in
the series, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, is scheduled for release this
December, with The Silver Chair slated for 2011.
Many Christians are very excited about these developments, believing (quite
rightly) that Lewiss stories are shot through with deeply Christian
imaginative themes. What can be wrong with disseminating the stories more
widely in this way? The answer is: Absolutely nothingso long as it really is
Lewiss stories being disseminated. But theres the rub. A thoughtful
investigation suggests that the Narnia films are very far from being a
faithful representation of Lewiss own Christian vision of reality.
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