NEW NARNIA PUSH COMING
- NEW NARNIA PUSH COMING
In the wake of the success of the Harry Potter series of children's
the estate of author C.S. Lewis is gearing up for a new effort to market
classic Chronicles of Narnia books, the New York Times reported. The
Narnia books tell the story of Aslan, a lion who rules a fantasy
and the English schoolchildren who visit his world.
The Lewis estate and its publishers have struck deals to license plush
Narnia toys, and HarperCollins said it plans to commission new Narnia
by unidentified authors--an idea that outrages some fans, the newspaper
The Times also reported that an internal HarperCollins memo suggested
an effort should be made to downplay the novels' Christian imagery and
theology--a suggestion that HarperCollins executives subsequently
the Times reported.
So far, the publisher has repackaged nine Narnia books, posted two Web
(for Lewis and Narnia), created an essay contest and asked contemporary
authors to write new forewords, the Times reported. By the fall of 2003
publisher expects to publish simpler picture books for younger children
a new Narnia novel, the newspaper reported.
- URLs for some reporting on the CS Lewis controversy, from a conservative
Christian standpoint; with some new information: