Thursday, November 17, 2005

A Tide of Narnia and CS Lewis Books

Yesterday, I dropped by book launching at Powerbooks at Greenbelt Three. And while there I noticed that there was a significant amount of Narnia - related books. It comes as no surprise, since the CS Lewis' tale the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe will be making its ways to cinemas this Christmas Season. Unfortunately, for us Filipinos there will a two or three week delay thanks to the annual film festival. I just hope that this year's movies will be at worth watching. Or if not let them be like the wind and pass quickly through.

Yes, there were new sets of Narnia books from soft bound to hardbound books. Nearly all size and style of Narnia books. There were even books based on the books, these included a short children story about Tea with Mr Tumnus, trivia books about Narnia, and of course there were the books that deconstructed the story of Narnia and its author CS Lewis itself.

The upside of any movie adaptation of a book is that just before the theatrical release several books are re-issued into the consumer market. And if it’s any consolation, if the movie is a dud one can always read the book.

I just hope that the movie does justice to the book.

Before I forget, another plus side of the movie is that not only is CS Lewis' Narnia books glutting the book stores but you will find a lot of his other works surfacing as well.

Among his Non-Narnia books for me the good buys would be the following:

1) Screwtape's Letters, both the book and the audio book (read by Joss Ackland)

2) His Ransom or Silent Planet Trilogy: Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength

3) His retelling of a myth in Till We Have Faces.

4) The Dark Tower and Other Stories

CS Lewis was a close friend of JRR Tolkien (they were part of the University of Oxford-based literary discussion group called the Inklings) and was one of the first people who read Tolkien's The Hobbit. For CS Lewis fans the movie Shadowlands (1999) a film about CS Lewis starring Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger.


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