Narnia Opens Tonight

Friday, December 09, 2005
Cathy Seipp (whose work I always enjoy reading) responds to various nattering nabobs of negativism in an excellent NRO piece. Prior to reading her response, I actually had no idea that there were so many brainless twits with nothing better to do than critique the movie and the author of the books that led to it. To try and put Rowling and Pullman in a class with C.S.Lewis is itself an engagement in dystopic fantasy. Cathy runs their arguments through the logic blender with great style.


David Thomson said...

“...sees Narnia as “a peevish blend of racist, misogynistic and reactionary prejudice.” In the British Guardian last week, Polly Toynbee wrote that “Narnia is the perfect Republican, muscular Christianity for America — that warped, distorted neo-fascist strain that thinks might is proof of right.”

I am now persuaded to see the movie. Previously I was not so sure it was worth my time. Middle aged guys like myself are suppose to be beyond such allegedly childish diversions. However, anything the elites perceive as racist and neo-fascist must be really good.

terrye said...

Why can't anything just be a story?

I mean come on, do these people have to drag politcs into everything.

neo fascist Christianity, what an idiot.

chuck said...

Terrye, these people have to drag politcs into everything.

It's not politics, Terrye, it's religion. Christianity is regarded as an ugly and outmoded belief by the left. In comparison, I suspect Druidism and Wicca are regarded as progressive. Heck, even fascism seems to be regarded as progressive these days.

crosstalk said...

Cathy Seipp's article is well worth reading. I find almost her arguments compelling, with the exception of her final comment, ...I can't imagine reading anything in either [the Harry Potter series or the Dark Materials series] more than once.

I'm only a physicist, and I can't speak for Pullman's writings, but I have read the Harry Potter series at least a half-dozen times, finding an impressive connectivity and depth in the novels to date. J.K. Rowling's style is different that C.S. Lewis' style, and she's not writing the same type of literature, but like his, her books are not merely children's literature.

Rick Ballard said...


I agree with your comment concerting Rawlins. I don't know that I would reread the Potter books but she exhibited a good deal of skill in her work. That said, I don't put her in a class with Lewis regarding his whole body of work.