I think this book was a classic book to read for my generation. Probably helped that Disney ended up making a movie out of it.
The movie was pretty good, and I actually think I enjoyed the movie more than the book for once. The only reason being that I saw the movie first, and read the book a few years later when I was a bit too old for it.
I enjoyed the book itself, and have a beautiful copy of it and the other 6 books in the Narnia series, but it was a bit too simple for me. It’s not a very long book so it never had a chance to dig deeper and become a true epic fantasy, but I think it did a pretty good job for a kids book.
I know there was the whole Aslan = God and all that symbolism, but I didn’t really care. I didn’t look at it like that, and I try not to read books that way. If I notice it then fine, but I don’t go looking for symbolism in books too often.
The one thing I really enjoyed about this book was the creatures. This was the first book I read that had different mythical creatures.
I had read some books that had dragons, or some elves, maybe a few dwarves or fairies, but this was one that had all of them thrown together and some I had never even heard of.
I had mentioned how simple the story was, and that it didn’t really dive deeper, but oddly enough I think that was part of what made the story work. I don’t think you could have had a big world like Narnia and find out every detail of it, because that was part of the magic.
When you climbed through the wardrobe with Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, you were discovering the story as they did. You didn’t see the far off corners because our main characters didn’t see the far off corners.
That’s one thing I really enjoy about fantasy books if it’s done properly. Some worlds are so developed it can get confusing because each bit of information is just thrown at us. Other worlds, like Narnia, we discover as each of our characters do. Sure we get some back story or some history of the world, but it comes as needed, not out of the blue.
There are some other stories, one of which I’m reading now, that develop the world through mysticism. You’ll have a giant world full of stories, yet only follow the main characters. Well it’s tricky giving these characters the complete story of the world through their experiences, so they learn about it via magic of some sort.
I think each type of worldbuilding has its uses, and all can be effective in its own way. I think The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe really does a good job of sticking to its type of worldbuilding and making sure the story fits to that theme.
It’s also fitting because in the book the 4 siblings meet Santa and seeing as it’s Christmas Eve I thought there should be some reference to the holiday.
Since it’s the holidays I’d love to hear what books you guys are hoping to get from Santa! Let me know in the comments.
Verdict: Worth the read if you’re younger or okay with kids fantasy. It’s good, but might be too basic for some.
Next week I’m gonna take a look at a curious case about a dog.
Hope you all have a lovely Christmas!