15933Re: [mythsoc] CSL on live-action Aslan: "Blasphemy"
- Dec 3, 2005At 10:25 AM 12/3/2005 -0600, Mike Foster wrote:
>We discussed this yesterday when Far Westfarthing smial discussed LWW.That's very interesting; you're the first person I've encountered to report
>Gresham had defended his re-ordering at Belmont University's CSL
>conference Nov. 3. Applauders included me. Though I had tried
>severally to read in the publication order, never got further than VotDT.
>Bought the reordered set & sped through those puppies.
feeling that way.
However, it need not prove that the reordering is better. After all, by
your own account you had read LWW, PC, and VDT before you first read MN.
So in fact your first-reading order (the ordering debate is not meant to
apply to subsequent readings) was closer to a publication-first order than
to a chronological order, even though it was not exactly the same as either.
The one good argument against publication-first order is that Lewis became
a better writer as he went along through the Chronicles. Or at least I'd
agree with that statement, though that hasn't prevented LWW from becoming
the most indispensable classic volume of the set (which is why the first
movie was made of it, and why, for instance, children's lit expert K.V.
Johansen believes you should read LWW first, even though she accepts the
chronological order). But despite Lewis's improving writing I'd call the
best books SC (my own favorite of the set) and HHB, as MN and LB, though
written later, to my mind suffer slightly from being too concerned with
wrapping up beginnings and endings.
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