The fact that I enjoyed True Grit so much was one hell of a surprise to me. Here's the thing: I'm not a big fan of Westerns. And by that I mean, I reaThe fact that I enjoyed True Grit so much was one hell of a surprise to me. Here's the thing: I'm not a big fan of Westerns. And by that I mean, I read Stephen King's The Gunslinger years ago and was BORED OUT OF MY MIND and then decided, "Yep. Westerns are just not for me." But after reading a YA western a few months ago, I decided that I should move True Grit up Mt. TBR. And I was not disappointed in the least.
Mattie Ross is one of the best female heroines I've ever had the pleasure of reading about. Seriously, she's right up there with Jane Eyre, Hermione Granger, and Matilda for me. She was just so badass! She was ballsy, tough as nails, and she had as much grit to match Cogburn. She was so, so street smart, too. I was never more amused in True Grit than when Mattie was trying to haggle someone to do something for her. She was utterly relentless.
So, overall, I really enjoyed True Grit. And that has everything to do with Mattie Ross. She is what our current YA heroines should strive to be (and by that I mean that current YA authors should aspire to write young females who are intelligent, tough, and deep...not young females who only care about having boyfriends). I actually think I'll pick up another Western due to this book. Highly recommended! ...more
Ever since watching The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe film, I had been intrigued as to what happened those years that Peter, Susan, Edmund, and LuEver since watching The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe film, I had been intrigued as to what happened those years that Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy reigned over Narnia. They were there for years. They must've gone on all sorts of amazing adventures. The Horse and His Boy answers that question. And the answer wasn't as satisfactory as I would've liked.
If I hadn't read The Horse and His Boy after The Silver Chair, I might've liked it better. The Silver Chair was just so great with it's amazing characters and an actual plot that I knew the next book was going to have to bring it to surpass that book. But it didn't. The Horse and His Boy was just more meandering along without an actual plot. The battle was paper-thin, development wise. I also found Aravis to be a complete disappointment as a heroine after reading about Jill Pole in The Silver Chair. Aravis was a snob and the transformation from snob to not a snob was a bit twee. I also would have loved if this book featured Lucy a bit more.
Overall, I didn't really like The Horse and His Boy. I was never engaged in it and was quite bored throughout it. It's definitely my least favorite of the Narnia series so far. Hopefully, I like The Magician's Nephew and The Last Battle a bit more than I liked this one....more
Sigh. I had a feeling this was going to happen. I was somewhat disappointed in The Last Battle. And I'm trying so hard for my views on this last bookSigh. I had a feeling this was going to happen. I was somewhat disappointed in The Last Battle. And I'm trying so hard for my views on this last book to not soil my view on the Chronicles of Narnia as a whole.
The Good: Jill Pole is back. I love Jill. The more I read about her, the more I think she's one of my favorite characters in the Narnia series. She's just so feisty and has a great personality. I also loved that we got to see most of the Pevensies as I have a soft spot for them. In fact, I loved seeing the characters from the past books make an appearance in this one. I loved that one of the ending parts was a conversation between Lucy and Mr. Tumnus. I love those two so much.
The Not-So-Good: The characters from Narnia past didn't really have much to do here. In fact, they were only here in a cameo-like fashion (with exception of Jill and Eustace who are, once again, at the helm). I was also not as engaged in The Last Battle as I was with the rest of the Narnia series (with exception of The Horse and His Boy, which I was so bored by). I would've liked slightly more action in this one as I found it to be somewhat anticlimactic.
The Horrible: I knew the whole Susan thing was coming. I don't know when I found out about it or who spoiled it for me, but I was already clued in to the Susan debacle. And it didn't bother me when I first heard about it. It didn't bother me while I was reading the other books in the series. But it pissed me off when I finally got there. I just don't see how you get Susan from the first few books and then change her character completely to justify demolishing her fictional life! GAH! The more I analyze the Susan dilemma, the more pissed I get. I don't like the message that it sends. And that's the main reason, that for the most part, I was viewing The Chronicles of Narnia as a classic children's fantasy book as opposed to a Christian allegory because I knew the latter would upset me. So, in order to not get more upset, I'm still going to see this as a classic fantasy and ignore that Christian parallels...because I can.
So, overall, I thought The Last Battle was meh. Yay for seeing most of the Pevensies again, boo for Susan, and eh for lack of engagement.
When it comes to my feelings on The Chronicles of Narnia, I thought it was okay. I loved one book, liked most, didn't really like two. That gives it a three in a half out of five star rating. I don't regret reading them, will probably reread The Magician's Nephew, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, and The Silver Chair again and skip the others. I still love the film version of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe more than I liked any of the books and hope the films continue....more
Before reading the books, when I used to think of the Narnia novels, all I could picture was endless adventures, some battles, and just being involvedBefore reading the books, when I used to think of the Narnia novels, all I could picture was endless adventures, some battles, and just being involved with the magic of Narnia. While reading the Narnia books, I found that they weren't as adventurous as I assumed they would be. That changed with The Silver Chair. And I have to say that so far, The Silver Chair seems to be my favorite Narnia novel.
This one has an actual plot. Yeah, Narnia is cool and all, but rather than meander around Narnia, I want to have an actual problem that needs solving. The Silver Chair is filled with adventure (although there was less silver chair than I would've liked). Again, you have one clear issue and obstacles that tried to stop the characters from solving that issue. However, the best thing about The Silver Chair were the main characters.
Eustace Scrubb was probably my favorite part in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. I had assumed that I wouldn't like him as much in The Silver Chair because he is now a less bitchy person and therefore, I assumed that he would be less entertaining. While he wasn't as entertaining here as in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, he was still a great character in his own right. Jill Pole, however, was an amazing character. I have a soft spot for Lucy and Susan (mainly due to the film versions of the first two books), but honestly, their goodness and always-doing-the-right-thing-and-thinking-the-right-thoughts would make me roll my eyes. They were a little too good. Jill Pole, though, felt human. She had flaws and doubts and made mistakes. And that made me love her.
Overall, I really liked The Silver Chair. The plot was solid, the characters were solid, the villain was solid (although I would've loved it if she had been more developed) and the book as a whole was solid. I've got about three more Narnia books left and am hoping that they're all as good (if not better) than The Silver Chair....more
I remember watching the film version of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and being extremely disappointed in it while comparing it to the other two NarnI remember watching the film version of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and being extremely disappointed in it while comparing it to the other two Narnia films (one which was great, the other which was good). I had assumed that I would enjoy the book more because I was sure that there reason that I was so disappointed with the film version was because Hollywood ruined it. No. I was disappointed with the film version because I found the plot boring. Nothing changed while I was reading the book.
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader just dragged on for me. I just didn't care about the 7 missing Narnian Lords or whatever. Furthermore, I found a lot of the characters aggravating. Caspian annoyed me (at least in the film we had Ben Barnes playing Caspian and while still somewhat annoying, he was real pretty), Reepicheep annoyed me (and didn't in the film), and everyone else bored me. Everyone with exception of Eustace. I liked Eustace and his bitchy self. He was amusing.
I found The Voyage of the Dawn Treader book version AND movie version to be a bust. Hopefully I like The Silver Chair better, though I'm quite tired of Narnia at the moment and probably won't read it right away......more
I'm happy that my earlier predictions when reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe came to fruition. I definitely enjoyed Prince Caspian quite aI'm happy that my earlier predictions when reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe came to fruition. I definitely enjoyed Prince Caspian quite a bit more than I enjoyed TLWW. I felt like the former was a bit more deeper and not as simple as the latter. Plus, given the choice of an action-packed story and a character-driven one, I'd choose a character-driven one every time. And Prince Caspian had Reepicheep. I LOVE Reepicheep. He was my favorite character in the film version of Prince Caspian. The fact that I didn't love that film the way I loved TLWW film definitely made me appreciate Prince Caspian a bit more.
The one thing I didn't really like about Prince Caspian, the book version, is that when it comes to the actions of the characters, Lucy and Susan seem to not do much, while Peter and Edmund do all of the fighting and most of the decision-making. I get that Lewis was opposed to females in battle (after all he did say in TLWW that battles were ugly affairs), it was still slightly annoying. That's one thing that the film version of Prince Caspian has over the book version. Susan did just as much fighting as Peter, Edmund, and Caspian and while Lucy didn't fight much, she still had much more to do than be the truest believer of Aslan.
Despite these itty bitty flaws, I still enjoyed Prince Caspian. As someone who reads these books as straight-up fantasy (as opposed to a book with Christian allegory), I was not disappointed. I'm looking forward to reading The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (particularly because I'm sure it's better than the movie, which was just not good)....more
I honestly did not expect to like The Magician's Nephew as much as I did. In fact, prior to picking it up, I kept thinking "Ugh, one more until I getI honestly did not expect to like The Magician's Nephew as much as I did. In fact, prior to picking it up, I kept thinking "Ugh, one more until I get to The Last Battle" (I've got a thing for battle scenes). Plus, I've been in like with The Chronicles of Narnia so far, but didn't fall in love with the books the way I expected to. So, the fact that The Magician's Nephew has become my favorite Narnia book was incredibly surprising to me.
Here's the thing: I've been hankering to know more about The White Witch since I saw the film version of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe years ago. And we definitely get to know more about her in this book. Not as much as I would've liked, mind you, but a bit more than we got in TLWW. And knowing Jadis and knowing the awfulness she can create made her journey into England freaking hilarious! I was never more entertained in The Magician's Nephew than when The White Witch was attempting to rule our world. You have to admire her for her tenacity if nothing else because she was goal-oriented to the core. And again, the fact that it was harder than she realized it would be was absolutely hysterical to me.
As for Digory and Polly, I liked them better than the characters in The Horse and His Boy, liked them the same as Eustace and Polly in The Silver Chair, but not as much as I love the Pevensies (I'm a purist). I like characters with flaws and who are torn about the bad and good choices that they make (and the one bad thing about the Pevensies is that they seem a little too perfect). All of the characters in The Magician's Nephew were immensely entertaining.
A lot has been said about the positioning of The Magician's Nephew within the Narnia series (whether it should be read before or after The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe). And I have to say that I don't think I would have enjoyed The Magician's Nephew as much if I had read it as a prelude to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I loved learning how the lamppost came to be before Lucy walked up to it. I loved learning about how the wardrobe came to be before Lucy and the rest of the Pevensies stumbled through it. And the absurdity of having The White Witch trying to rule London, doesn't seem as absurd until you have seen her in all her regal-like glory in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I definitely recommend that you read The Magician's Nephew in the way it was published: the sixth in The Chronicles of Narnia.
Either way, The Magician's Nephew is highly recommended and I can't wait to get started on The Last Battle....more
I watched the film version of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe about 6 or 7 years ago and remember liking it. I then read The Lion, the Witch, andI watched the film version of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe about 6 or 7 years ago and remember liking it. I then read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and thought it was okay. I watched the film again about 3 years ago and completely fell in love with it. So much that I've now seen this movie about 20 times. It's become one of my favorites. Due to this, I decided that I should probably re-read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe to see if I would fall in love with it the second time. I didn't. However, I did like it quite a bit.
When it comes to the whole Christianity slant to this book, I find that I just don't bother to interpret it that way. Sure, I see the comparisons (it's kind of hard not to), but I personally view this as a Children's classic as opposed to a Christian book. Due to this, I enjoy item more than if I had viewed it as the latter.
I've always liked the world building in the Narnia movies and in the books, it's great as well. I also really liked that as a reader, I got to know more about the White Witch than I did in the movie. That's not to say she's extremely developed in this first book, but there were a few details (such as her being part Jinn) that weren't mentioned in the movie, so I appreciated them in the book. However, for the most part, I think that the movie surpasses the book in almost every way.
Here's the thing: most movies that are based on books, tend to be a condensed, not as great, version of the book. They leave too much out and tend to upset the readers. I feel the opposite happens with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. There's much more that happens in the movie. The movie takes the overall plot and expands on it, in almost every way. We get to spend more time with all of the wonderful characters. We get to get a feel for them. This didn't happen for me with the book. I found it to have a slightly rushed feel.
Overall, I liked the book version of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I absolutely love the film version of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Who knows? Maybe I'll like the other books in the series more, mainly because I'm not so enamored with the other two film versions of this series. I still highly recommend this book....more