Re: [mythsoc] Fwd: a question about Shadowlands
- Everybody is missing from Shadowlands. Except for Lewis, Davidman, Warren
Lewis, and Douglas Gresham, there's not a single real person in any version of
_Shadowlands_, I believe. Not in the TV movie version, nor in the play
version, nor in the feature film version. Everybody is, at most, a composite
character and usually just made up. Lewis would never have hung out with the boring
group of friends he was given in _Shadowlands_. I don't know why this was
done. Perhaps it made it easier to make up all the conversations.
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- What Wendell said. Lewis's "friends" in Shadowlands are completely unlike
the Inklings. For one thing, they scoff at his love of religion and
fantasy, and Christopher Riley, the (entirely fictional) character played
by John Wood in the theatrical version, who as a professor of English might
be presumed to be based on Tolkien, says he's an atheist, which of course
Tolkien was not, nor were any of the Inklings. And the clergyman character
was even worse.
In real life, Lewis had long since given up socializing with people like
that, though he'd certainly met plenty. This may make for more conflict
and better drama, but it's entirely unrelated to reality. I'm sure that
Shadowlands was written that way because the author wanted to write it that
way, not because of legal constraints. I don't even know if the author had
permission from the Lewis estate, let alone anything else, to write it:
neither the stage play publication nor the novelization contain any notice
to that effect that I could find.
- David Bratman
At 04:34 PM 8/20/2003 -0500, Matthew Winslow wrote:
>A friend posed the following question. Anyone know the answer?
>----- Forwarded message -----
> > Tolkien is conspicuously absent from this movie [ie, Shadowlands].
> > Do you know if that
> > was due to permission issues with his estate? I thought it might be
> > that. Of course, his and Lewis' friendship was on the wane at this
> > point, but "Tollers" should still be putting in an occasional appearance
> > at the pub.
>----- End forwarded message -----
- David S Bratman [dbratman@...] wrote:
> What Wendell said. Lewis's "friends" in Shadowlands are completely unlikeDavid adn Wendell,
> the Inklings. For one thing, they scoff at his love of religion and
> fantasy, and Christopher Riley, the (entirely fictional) character played
> by John Wood in the theatrical version, who as a professor of English might
> be presumed to be based on Tolkien, says he's an atheist, which of course
> Tolkien was not, nor were any of the Inklings. And the clergyman character
> was even worse.
Thanks for responding. I saw Shadowlands once when it came out and was
incredibly unimpressed. When my friend asked me the question, I could barely
recall the movie. I guess it was truly a forgettable movie. Anyway, thanks.
Matthew Winslow mwinslow@... http://x-real.firinn.org/
"I want to overhear passionate arguments about what we are and what we are
doing and what we ought to do. I want to feel that art is an utterance made
in good faith by one human being to another. I want to believe there are
geniuses scheming to astonish the rest of us, just for the pleasure of it.
I miss civilization, and I want it back."
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