brought to you by the letter Nas in "the Nanny Diaries" and "Narnia"
Thoughts on Nanny: Um, sometimes it wasn't that funny, not because it wasn't well-written, but because reading about someone who's underpaid and underappreciated, and whose good nature is taken advantage of while she cares about members of the family is a little too much like real life for clergy. (But there were some lovely, arch scenes in the book, definitely enjoyable).
On Natnia: I enjoyed it, mostly, but I missed Lewis' prose. I read this book over and over as a child, and have dipped into it again as an adult, and helped lead a Leader Resources Narnia Lenten study with Sunday School kids (great fun), so I have to say I've almost got it memorized. For example, I missed Lewis' turns of phrase describing Edmund's reaction to the Turkish Delight--they tried to portray it via acting and camera, but I missed the actual words. But then, I'm a word person, so there you have it. I also noticed there were four screenwriters involved. Not a good sign, and I thought explained some of the clunky, non-Lewis dialogue.
Being shot in New Zealand, home of Lord of the Rings, sometimes I got the feeling if you just went over the hill you'd discover Peter Jackson and company (and if you browse around Narnia Web you'll see other overlaps, for example, in clothing production).(Can I mention I was keeping an eye out for the knitwear? Should I mention that in my list of weird habits that Cathy tagged me for? Please tell me I wasn't the only one. Is anyone making Mr. Tumnus' scarf?)
Of course you can't take two clergy to see one of the classics of Anglican literature without moments like 'well, that's clearly substituionary atonement theology' and so forth. As a child I always understood the Biblical allegory, but it was fun, post-theological education, to see how Lewis was communicating some pretty complex theological issues via his narrative.
Well, we'll see how "Prince Caspian" comes out. I'm personally waiting for "Voyage of the Dawn Treader," which was always my favorite in the series. Who doesn't love Reepicheep?