Monday, November 29, 2010

a sorta fairytale

When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.
C.S. Lewis (29 november 1898-1963) novelist & scholar

last night I thought I'd post a snap of my igoogle homepage, but this morning I read on the writer's almanac that today is the birthday of c.s. lewis - a favorite author of mine. the entry included the marvelous quote above.

I didn't read lewis' narnia books until I was officially an adult (18 to be exact), it wasn't for any issues involving shame, rather I didn't know they existed (which is strange, I was a 'reader' as a child) I read all seven books in quick succession which was a good thing since I had discovered them during my first month of college thanks to a newly made friend.

narnia is once more on my mind. I don't know about where you live, but around here there are lots of billboards advertising the next narnia film - the voyage of the dawn treader. although I know the film won't be as good as the book (films never or rarely are) I most likely will go see it. I understand tilda swinton is returning to play the white witch - oh goody - or is that oh, such wicked baddy-ness!! however, the fact that the film has the white witch is an obvious sign that this is a loose adaptation of the book, for we all know that the white witch isn't in the book voyage of the dawn treader.

along with c.s. lewis today is also the birthday of louisa may alcott (1832) and madeleine l'engle (1918) - two authors whose books I did discover and devour as a child!

a sorta fairytale released by tori amos in 2002. the song quickly made it to the top of the charts and is regarded as amos most successful single. the official video is one crazy vid - thank goodness for magical kisses, those heads on disembodied legs are definitely sorta grim(m)!

photo: okay, the lion isn't aslan, however, reed a. thomason's mural at the lakewood public library does reference a number of fairy tales! lakewood, ohio


Kate Hanley said...

Oh, what a wonderful post! I'm in the midst of reading the Narnia book with my second grade son. We're on Voyage of the Dawn Treader and can't wait to see the movie together. I never read them as a child either so it's fun to discover them along with him. Having children has allowed me to revisit childhood favorites (like A Wrinkle in Time) and discover those I've missed.

Daniel James said...

Hey, just to let you know, the White Witch actually appears in only one scene of the movie.

tut-tut said...

guess who was named for the first person to push through the wardrobe in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe?