Sunday, November 29, 2015

C. S. Lewis Quotes

Happy Birthday, Lewis!

And the quotes, as promised(my favorites are colored):

“Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: "What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . ."”

"Most of us know what we should expect to find in a dragon's lair, but, as I said before, Eustace had read only the wrong books. They had a lot to say about exports and imports and governments and drains, but they were weak on dragons." (The Voyage of the Dawn Treader)

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” 

^^True, that.

“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”




“I can't imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.”

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” 

“I'm on Aslan's side even if there isn't any Aslan to lead it. I'm going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn't any Narnia.”

^^This is Puddleglum, yeah? 

“It isn't Narnia, you know," sobbed Lucy. "It's you. We shan't meet you there. And how can we live, never meeting you?"
"But you shall meet me, dear one," said Aslan.
"Are -are you there too, Sir?" said Edmund.
"I am," said Aslan. "But there I have another name. You must learn to know me by that name. This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.”


“Now the trouble about trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very often succeed.” (Magician's Nephew)

“If you think of this world as a place simply intended for our happiness, you find it quite intolerable: think of it as a place for training and correction and it's not so bad.” 

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Thank you for sticking through all my C. S. Lewis posts this week! It was fun, Abby! 

Also, my "Why It Makes Me Mad That The Hobbit Is Rated R" post probably won't actually happen, like I'd suggested it would. But I am considering a post on Downton Abbey once I finish the first season(no spoilers, please!). Thoughts? 
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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The C. S. Lewis Tag(YAYYY)

Just as I'd hoped, Abigail published a tag, so I couldn't resist filling it out immediately! :) 

 And don't worry-- I will stop talking about C. S. Lewis...eventually. 

Rules:

1. Thank or link back to the blogger who nominated you.

2. Answer the questions. :) Put as much as you want, or as little.

3. Tag some of your blogging friends, to get the tag around!

Great! 


1. How did you hear about C. S. Lewis?
Well, I first read his books in the three-five year old range, but I'm not sure I could identify those as his at the time... 

When I was four/five, my parents gave me the boxed set of Focus on the Family Chronicles of Narnia dramatizations. Each story was introduced with a short bio, which would mean that's probably when I could first connected the name "C. S. Lewis" with "Chronicles of Narnia".

2. What was the first of his books that you read?
Tricky... My mom and I had actually talked about this a few days ago, and we settled on The Magician's Nephew.

3. Which one of his book(s) is your favorite?
The Last Battle, hands down!

4. Describe what you feel when you read his books.
Hmmm, they all, even Out of a Silent Planet give me a distinctly cozy feeling. The Chronicles of Narnia make me feel nostalgic and longing, like there's something I want really badly. Jack says that's my longing for something outside of this world. Like Heaven. 

He experienced that, himself. One day, as a young boy, his brother Warren showed him a (what was it again?) miniature fairy garden(??)and he described experiencing a strong "longing". 
5. How have you been touched or impacted by his works?
Yes! Most specifically, they were my first introduction to fantasy. They were some of the first chapter books Mom ever read to me, so you could also say they served to fuel my book-love.

6. What would you say to anyone who hasn't read any of his books?
Don't expect Lord of the Rings. Because it's not. But read them, anyways! In some ways, they're better and more boldly parallel to scriptural truths than LotR and other fantasy series, and yet never preachy. 

7. If you could write a letter to Jack, thanking him, or asking him questions, what would it be? (show us as your answer.) 

Dear Mr. Lewis, 

Thank you for writing The Chronicles of Narnia. They have touched and comforted me in a way no other book has. You're characters are vivid, writing style gorgeous, and narrative beautiful. I also experience the "longing" you talk about(particularly while reading your books!). 

I do have a few questions: Do you think that Susan eventually ends up in Narnia? 

How old did you imagine the Pevensies being? 

Also, do you have a favorite scene in Lord of the Rings

Your fan, 

Meredith May Johnson

Spotlight on the Spangled Soldier(Guest Post by Kiana)

Hey, everybody!
Meredith had to save the world....again. ;)  So she asked me to fill in for her.
Speaking of heroes, here's some fun facts about/ related to one Meredith's & my favorite super heroes: Captain America.

* SPOILERS MAY APPEAR IN THE LIST*

1. Captain America's height is 6'2" and weighs 220 lbs according to Marvel.com .

2. His first name is actually "Steven".

3. Steve Rogers' job, before he became the patriotic hero we love, was a comic illustrator, who even worked for.....wait for it....MARVEL!

4. Many people believe that the reason we do not see partnerships with teen sidekicks ( like Batman and Robin) in the Marvel Universe is due to "the death" of Bucky (who is Captain America's young sidekick in the comics).

5. Rogers is one of the few people who is "worthy enough" to be able to lift Mijolnir a.k.a. Thor's hammer.

6. There is a Russian version of Captain America called "the Red Guardian".

7. Steve Rogers is not the only one who has bore the mantle of Captain America. Both James "Bucky" Barnes and Sam Wilson (Falcon) have taken on this identity.

8. The first publication of Captain America was in 1941, the middle of World War 2.

9. According to imdb.com, Chris Evans turned down this role three times before he agreed to portray this loved hero.

10. Ironman and Captain America are the two team leaders in the upcoming movie, Captain America: The Civil War..... So which side are you on?

   So there it is! I hoped you enjoyed this short snip-bit I put together, which Meredith has very graciously allowed me to post on her blog. Meredith you are the best! Please check out her blogposts (they are AWESOME!!) and follow this amazing writer. Oh, please comment below what your favorite super hero is. Are you a DC or Marvel fan?
        This is Meredith's crazy friend signing off.

Sources: 

1. http://marvel.com/characters/8/captain_america
2. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_America
3. http://m.imdb.com/title/tt0458339/trivia

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

My Opinions on the Major Characters from "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader"

Technically, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe is my favorite Narnia movie, but it's too stuffed with FEELS(yes, that needed to be in all caps xD) for a comprehensive review. Not, of course, to suggest that The Voyage of the Dawn Treader isn't shot through with feelsiness, either. :D Look at that, a new word-- "feelsiness". Well, I'm proud of it;)


Warning: **Unmarked Spoilers**

Lucy- 

Wow, how did Georgie Henley get to be so grown up?? Like, she used to be tiny. I still like her, though. :D

Throughout most of the movie, she struggled with vanity and discontent, all culminating in her reading the spell to "beautify" herself, and in so doing debunking the subtle, but popular "looks are everything" Hollywood theme displayed in many movies. 

"When you grow up you should be just like you." 

Edmund- 




Edmund transitions nicely from the rebel in The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe to a caring older brother/friend to Lucy and Eustace. You can see him wrestling with disgust for Eustace, but he's quick to forgive and encourage him after the dragon-transformation.


Intake Officer: "Are you sure you're eighteen?"
Edmund: "Why? Do I look older?"



Eustace-  


Eustace is like TLTW-Edmund with a twist. In The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Edmund's older siblings(particularly Peter) undermine his maturity while lavishing Lucy with inordinate attention, leading to his jealousy and rebellious tendencies. On the other hand, Eustace is an only child, who's awkward and proud among other children, resenting his cousins' presence. When Lucy and Edmund accidentally drag him into the "make-believe" fairy world, he's both terrified and unimpressed at once. I felt for his bewilderment and fish-out-of-water experiences yet welcomed his dragon-transformation, all the same. 

"The only consolation is everyone is finally as miserable as I am. Except for that show-off talking rat. He's one of those annoying 'glass is always half-full' types."

Caspian- 

Honestly, not much to say about him. He's probably my least favorite of the major characters. Bit underdeveloped, in my unexperienced opinion. 

I did enjoy watching the subtle(or, not) character clashes between Edmund and him. 

You're a...mouse?? 

^^Wrong movie, sorry. 



And a random Prince Caspian gif, because it's epic. 

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 So who are your favorite characters? What are your thoughts on Caspian? 

Thank you so much for reading! Next, I'll post a list of my favorite quotes from C. S. Lewis.


Sunday, November 22, 2015

In Which I Ramble About My Life-Long Narnia Obsession

SO. Abigail at Castles in the Air is hosting a Narnia Week. Go check it out! Today's contribution will narrate my obsession with Narnia, which, as you are probably fully aware, is still quite strong. ;)

The story begins sometime in my pre-Kindergarten days. Anything before Kindergarten is fuzzy for me, but I was, oh say, four. Four sounds right. My mom read me The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.

This goes to show how quickly my memory of four-year-old life is fading, but now I'm questioning whether we started with The Magician's Nephew or not. If we did, I don't remember any of it, so let's pretend we didn't;)

Of course, as a four year old, much of it flew over my head. For example, I didn't get that the White Witch was bad. At least not at first. I remember once flipping ahead to the picture of the Pevensies and Beavers dining together and asking my mom if it were a picture of the feast the White Witch had promised. But, yes, I liked it. Partially because it was good and partially because I was always hungry for more stories and devoured anything mom got on CD for me. I practically liked books more than I do now. ;D

After finishing the book, someone lent us a cartoon-version of LTWW. Mehhh.

However, the new 2005 version was playing in theaters at the time. We didn't go to many movies, then, so I waited until its release on DVD to watch it. (Btw, I've never seen the BBC Chronicles of Narnia before. They look horrid.) But after watching it, ohhhhhhhhhhh, my fangirl status had been cemented.

My first ever gif. 


My grandmother bought it for us and (how do I explain this?), I just loved it forever, okay? ;) Our Father's day present to Dad was the full soundtrack on CD which he promptly copied, so I would have one, too. So, when I wasn't watching the movie or listening to the dramatizations, I was prancing about in the living, listening to Blitz 1940.

Oh, I should mention my other exposure to Chronicles of Narnia was the Focus on the Family Dramatization. Seriously, please listen to those.  

Moving on. I took a rather lengthy break from reading any of the books, although rest assured, the movie and dramatizations played plenty of times at our house!

In, hmmm, 2nd grade(??), the library held some sort of event(the details escape me) which required reading books and writing short reviews. So I picked up Prince Caspian. I remember including something in the review about loving the way the story had been pieced together. But yeah, I loved the whole thing, really.

Then Prince Caspian came out on DVD(we missed it in theaters, again). (See this pattern we'd established of movies coming out on DVD just when I'd finished reading their book-counterparts?)

It freaked me out a little and my dad and I shook our heads at the un-faithfulness to the books. So that wasn't the best episode of my fangirling history, but it's there anyways.

Then Disney released The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. So I read the book and my dad and I caught it in theaters(no, we were careful to NOT miss it this time). As usual, I loved it. (I've only seen this one four times since. Maybe I'll watch it this week to celebrate.)

In the summer prefacing 6th grade, I read the whole series from start to finish. The last few pages of The Last Battle found me in our big car we'd just driven all day to a favorite fishing/camping location. Everyone else had poured out and had begun to prepare the camper/greet friends while I was still hunched over the book. Personally, that book is the most emotional of the series, so after finishing I remained in the car a little, unprepared to return to real life. This is the end? They...died? Susan... wasn't in Aslan's country?? 

You get the picture.

Anyways, I haven't actually read any of the books since, but I re-listened to the dramatization of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in 7th grade. I'll definitely have to read the series again in anticipation of The Silver Chair movie and then again over the summer or something.

When did you first get hooked on Narnia?

Thanks for reading(and if you comment, thanks for commenting)! :D


Friday, November 20, 2015

One Lovely Blog Award

Erudessa Aranduriel has nominated anyone wearing blue to the One Lovely Blog Award. I was wearing blue at the time, so thank you, Erudussa! (And apologies as well, this took me too long!)



Rules
1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you.
2. Post seven facts about yourself.

3. Nominate 15 bloggers of your own. 


1. Seeing that Erudessa took a "What Island Do You Belong On" quiz, and being rather curious, myself, I tried it and the result was-- Ireland! Yayyyyyyyy! (If nothing else then for the Ireesh accents.)

2. Elf is my second favorite Christmas movie(laugh if you wish). "First we'll make snow angels for two hours, then we'll go ice skating, then we'll eat a whole roll of Tollhouse cookie dough as fast as we can, and then we'll snuggle!" :D 

3. Sleeping in aggravates me excessively.

4. I'm not a terribly picky eater, but olives, ricotta cheese, cheese-sticks, and dates gross me out. 

5. I just bought a Betta fish at PetCo named Hugo(after Victor Hugo) who's red and black("Red- The blood of angry men!"). The nerdiness just never ends for me:) 

6. The Wizard of Oz was my favorite movie when I was little. ("We represent the lollipop guild, the lollipop guild, the lollipop guild, and in the name of the lollipop guild, we welcome you to munchkin laaaaaaand!")  

7. Anne Shirley is the fictional character to whom I relate best. Seriously, besides her being an orphan, it's a little creepy how much we have in common! 

As for nominations, I nominate anyone who has seen a Disney movie in the last week! (Or anyone else who wishes to snag the award.) 

Valvete!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Just A Quick Note to Persuade You Why Billy Budd, The Audio Dramatization Is Better Than Billy Budd, The Book

Yeah, so... There's this school assignment I had a couple weeks ago.

Reading Billy Budd.

School supplies, in case you wanted a picture of that. ;D

Now, normally I enjoy the books I've been required to read(this year having a few more exceptions than usual). Billy Budd was one such exception. BUT, rather than ranting about what the book lacked, I'd rather present an alternative,

Focus on the Family's Audio Dramatization of Billy Budd, Sailor

Reasons why it's better than the book:


  • It's Condensed 
The book's story is great, but sooo stretched to fit into 85 pg. 

  • The Soundtrack
Well, obviously, the book didn't have a soundtrack. But the audio dramatization's was especially good. :D 

  • It's More Moving
Hearing the characters' voices touched me more personally than Herman Melville's monotonous strings of lengthy sentences could.




  • It Highlights The Christian Themes of the Story


That's only four, but I wanted to get this out of my system. As usual, thanks for reading!