Today’s tunes and title are very much inspired by the Narnia movie marathon I just finished 5 minutes ago. (That is not a joke) The whole day I was struggling to come up with a tune and title and then I watched the movies and was floored with all the amazing songs and I just had to write about two of my favourites!
Tune: Lucy – Hanne Hukkelberg
I don’t gravitate towards this kind of music often, but I cannot help but love the beauty of this song. The lyrics, the music everything about it just screams magic! It is one of my absolute favourite songs from this soundtrack and there are so many good ones!
Bonus Tune:The Call – Regina Spektor
Are you crying? Because I get emotional whenever I hear this song! Not only does it totally capture the final scene of the movie so well, it is also so beautiful on its own. The lyrics are moving and the music is whimsical. I remember when I was young I printed out the lyrics so I could memorize it! And friends…I MEMORIZED IT! I can only guess at how many shower concerts had this song featured in it.
Title:The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth
Of course I’m going to choose the Narnia-ish inspired book to go with these Narnia-inspired tunes! The wanderlust in these songs just really hits the right note with this book. The story itself is poignant and quite emotional but also very hopeful which is what these songs offer to the listener in the end. This is one of my favourite historical fantasy books and I highly recommend it!
Let me know what you think! Have you heard of the song? Have you read this book? What are some of your favourite movie soundtracks?
SO a while ago I did a post on how The Hunger Games created a huge fangirling phase in my life. I really liked the idea of it so I decided to put out posts about all my odd obsessions that I’ve had in my life. Trust me that there are quite a few phases in my life and all of them have weird things that I did!
And of course I had to start with the biggest obsession I have: NARNIA
I debated with myself quite a bit about posting this because well it’s kind of embarrassing. Talking about the old things (and some current ones) I used to fangirl about just bloom this squishy feeling in my stomach. It’s part embarrassment, part old feelings of intense thrill and part nostalgia. It’s a crazy mix because when I was young, I fangirled hard to the point of obsession.
This is the official inauguration of the first Flashback Fangirling!
Narnia ~ A 13+ Year Obsession (and counting)
So I am going to start obvious. I have been (and still am) obsessed with this fandom for over a decade. It all really began with the first movie because I was not a reader when I was young (the books would come later).
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe movie came out in 2005 and I was both terrified and in love. The monsters were scary, but the magic, the battles, the world was amazing and I prayed, pleaded and begged for the chance to go to Narnia.
So I looked for it. I searched every closet in every relatives house. When my family moved homes, every open house we went to had their doors opened by little Rendz. No door was left unopened. None. I even opened doors in my schools! My friends didn’t even question me because they knew what I was doing.
Speaking of my friends, I honestly had the best kind when I was young. I often made them play “Narnia” at recess. We would run and and scream into battle. We would fight evil witches and be friends with lions. We would have magic. Of course they got tired after a while, but I somehow managed to always make myself a Narnian-like character in whatever game we played.
GETTING CRAFTY ~ A NARNIAN COLLECTION
Making myself Narnia-like was a very serious deal for littleRendz. My mother had this lovely maxi red dress that I would often don when I was pretending to be Lucy. And since I had *some* artistic skills on my side when I was a kid, I fashioned Lucy’s silver crown out of pipe-cleaners and paper-cut flowers all painted silver. (I also made a gold version for when I played Susan)
But my arts and crafts didn’t stop at crowns. No way. I had to make the props, people. THE PROPS. There was no way my parents would ever buy me toy replicas from the movie when they came out, but little Rendz was resourceful and also very creative.
So for Susan’s bow and arrow. I painted a plastic bow I found at my local dollar store (I did have to beg my Mother to buy it). It came with suction cup arrows, but it was for the best since I am not an archer and my general aim is terrible. I never got the chance to make her horn, but one day maybe.
Lucy’s props included a little dagger and a vial with juice of the fire flower. Clearly my parents would not let me run around with a knife so I made a mini dagger out of paper toilet rolls and cardboard (this project was unfortunately never finished). I did however work really hard on the glass vial of fire flower juice. This prop was the most magical of all so clearly I had to have it. This project went through several trials, mostly because I could never get my hands on a good glass bottle. I ended up using an empty glue bottle and created the gold stopper out of a gold painted Styrofoam ball. I even dyed a little bit of water red to put inside to act at the juice of the fire flower. Yeah, I did that.
I did once attempt to make Peter’s sword and collected a lot of rolls, but I waited until Christmas to get my hands on a wrapping paper roll because they are nice and long. Unfortunately, some projects just never happen and this was one of them.
TAKE A LOOK IN THE NARNIAN SKETCHBOOK
Stepping away from my actual role playing, as I got older I just started drawing a lot more. I have a binder full of sketches of magical forests and bridges. (I have always been a hardcore fantasy lover) I sketched of Peter, Susan, (a very terrible) Edmund and I think an unfinished Lucy. I was just getting into portraiture so of course I had to draw my favourite characters ever!
I even drew the movie cover. Twice. Wow Rendz, wow.
OH WOW. I 1000% promise you my artistic abilities have improved immensely.
*Also these photos are atrocious XD*
I MADE MY OWN WARDROBE
As a teenager the obsession lived on.
For a senior art project I created a cardboard sculpture of the wardrobe. It has coats in it and a lamppost and everything. It is not an exact replica, but I put in a lot of Narnian detail.
I’LL BE HONEST, IT’S REALLY THE MOVIES
I have read the books a couple of times now, but the first and second movie are what really stick with me. I have the entire first film memorized. I know every line and will randomly just start reenacting a scene. The scene where the White Witch kills Aslan is my best performance. (Morbid, I know) I even get my sisters to memorize some lines so I don’t have to play all the parts. It is, however, to my shame that Maz knows more lines from Prince Caspian than me.
I might do a post on how I feel about the books vs. movies thing. Interesting…
TO THIS DAY
I don’t think I do anything really obsessive anymore. I mean I am still very obsessed.
I am not one of those people to own a lot of merchandise and have 20 million copies of the books. I have one bind-up of the books. One copy of the first and second movie. Several homemade props and my imagination. I was just a kid and not owning any merch has never lessened my love for the fandom or makes my love for it any less.
THANK YOU FOR READING (SOME, MOST OR ALL OF IT!)
So yeah. I just rambled on about all the things I used to do as a kid. I am sure I missed a couple things over the years, but this is the gist of what kind of fangirl I was in this Narnian fandom growing up. Who knows what I’ll do in the future. Frankly, I’m excited to find out.
Let me know what you think! Are you guys interested in reading about my old obsessions? I promise I’ll have more to come with a few embarrassing stories. Some are not all book related and some are just plain weird. What kind of fandoms were you obsessed with when you were younger? And of course I invite my fellow Narnians to prattle on about their fangirl/boy things they have done! Come my darlings, come!
I’m telling you all I lost my sh*t that day. Like I was on the floor. Where was I when I saw the news??? I don’t recall, I just remember losing my mind.
I AM GETTING MORE NARNIA MOVIES AND TV SHOWS
THANK YOU, NETFLIX.
But of course, as much as I am enthusiastic about this movie/TV news, I have about the highest of the highest expectations. I don’t expect them to ever replace my love for the 2000s films, nor do I necessarily think Narnia *needed* another adaptation. I’ll be honest, it’s had its multiple runs and there is only so many times you can remake a story.
Yet, these adaptations are still going to happen and over the months I have been mulling it over in my head, how we can make the story better, different, unique and yet stay true to it’s magic and message.
Naturally, I write a blog post because zat ees vwat I do! *zis eez my Fronch accent!*
So What Do I Want From These New Adaptations?
Chronological Order please!
Can we not start with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe?
People, I adore LWW, but there is so much context that is given in The Magician’s Nephew that I really think can change up how viewers watch LWW. I mean A) Professor Kirk’s adventure in Narnia is pretty darn cool, B) We get the origins of Narnia, the wardrobe and the White Witch and C) Those origin tidbits can then feed into LWW’s adaptation!
Can we also not stop at LWW?
There is so much story to explore after the Pevensie’s leave Narnia. I mean the world needs to be exposed to Aravis Tarkheena’s greatness!
Jill Pole’s snarkiness.
The Final Battle *sobs*
There is so much more that needs to be seen!
It Has to Make Sense
If you are gonna go a mix of TV Shows and movies Netflix, you are gonna need to come out with a set plan. A list of how exactly these shows/films will be produced and released. I do not want, for example, a movie of one of the books to come out mid-season of the show adaptation of another one of the books *although this would make sense for The Horse and His Boy* ANYWAYS. I just want clarity.
I know seven books is a lot, and I WANT all seven books to happen. I need you to really think this through Netflix and let me know how exactly this is gonna work.
I *think* it is safe to say we have had plenty of Narnia adaptations with little, white kids. And we should all know the very obvious racist views of Mr. Lewis in the Caloremen and others. Like it’s no good.
So clearly we gotta make an old man roll in his grave and change the story to make it less harmful and more inclusive, especially for a wide range of kids today to appreciate the magic of Narnia.
I’m sure there were all kinds of kids carted off during the London raids, that weren’t necessarily Caucasian. Not every new kid that is introduced, nor does every adult, much less every Narnian or Telmarine etc. has to be white. The treatment of the Aravis and Calormen as a whole has to change, away from all the Orientalism and other tropes.
And of course these characters of colour can’t simply be token, they have to have substance, background and acknowledgement of their individuality like any character should have.
And yeah, people will be angry about it. But you know what? They can literally watch any of the other adaptations if they want a full white, straight, able cast! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I am open to animation…but like the cool kind.
I feel like the best way to get all the magical effects is through animation because their is just so much that can be explored. I’m willing for a 2D or a 3D animation, it just has to be COOL. Like stay away from the animators of The Dragon Prince. No offense, but y’all that shows visuals are so plain.
But of course if we are gonna do this live-action, effects have to be on the pointiest of the points! Costumes and make-up have to square up! It has to be visually stunning to match the magic and adventure of the story!
Please do not make it gritty and dark and such
Netflix has a knack for taking things to a really dark level. *See Sabrina the Teenage Witch* and I really do not want that. Which is so contradictory because you all know how much I adore Dark Fantasy, but Narnia is not the story to fit that bill, in my humble opinion. I want it to be whimsical and I want the creators to be able to garner the suspense, action and intensity and tie it with whimsy.
DO I EVEN MAKE SENSE? Look, I don’t know how they are going to go about doing that. I just don’t want it to get all angsty, gritty dark. Please.
Let me know what you think! Are you looking forward to this new Narnia adaptation? What are your hopes? What are your fears? What book(s) do you think Netflix should adapt?
I was tagged by several bloggers now to do this really cute and easy tag! The 3 Days, 3 Quotes Tag let’s you share some of your favourite literary quotes with a tiny explanation as to why they mean so much (or don’t explain…but I like to hit high word counts)! Stay tuned because this is a three day feature!
Thank you to:
Kate @ Melting Pots and Other Calamities
Kate has an incredible blog filled with amazing discussions, book reviews and webtoons and more! She is so kind and very friendly! Do not be shy to pop up into her space.
Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews
Trust me, you know Mandy. How could you not? If you don’t seriously go check out her site. It is filled with such epic wonderfullness that you cannot miss. Plus she is super nice and will gladly interact with you!
Kiersten @ Once Upon A Spine
Kiersten has such a great blog! It is filled with incredible posts from tags to reviews to writing updates! Give her a visit as well, I’m sure you will find something very interesting to read!
• Thank the person who nominated you
• Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
• Nominate three new bloggers each day
“Some journeys take us far from home. Some adventures lead us to our destiny.”
— C.S. Lewis (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)
How can I talk about quotes and not feature this peace of wisdom? The Chronicles of Narnia have been such influential books and movies over the past 12 years of my life. It was my first fantasy series that really made me want to go on adventures, fight battles and want to be more than a princess in a pretty dress. It made me want the high stakes, the magic and the sibling bond.
It’s a simple question many people ask: “What book changed your life?”
The complexity comes in answering. For me at least, and I am sure many of you would agree. No one book changed my life. No one book had everything I was looking for. No one book had a full representation of who I was, rather it was multiple books. Series of books. Multiple series of books that I learned from, harboured intense feelings toward and ultimately changed me.
So we are going to start from the beginning and move forward. I am counting the series that have impacted me in one way, shape or form. There isn’t really an end to this list. As life goes on, I keep reading more series change me and this list grows!
Those of you who know me might spot some familiars and go “Well…duh!” and some might surprise you. I doubt it though, I am about as open as a…well…book!
Junie B. Jones seriesby Barbara Park
So some of you know that I hated reading growing up. Going to the library at school consisted of me picking up picture books, but in Grade Two we had to start taking out novels. Books without pictures. The horror. I couldn’t fathom reading a page of just words. Words that I didn’t know their meanings or how to pronounce them. No.
I saw all my classmates taking out books and reading them just fine. I (who was very prideful) took out books just like them and never actually read them! I hardly ever read my assigned books for language too. Eventually my teacher caught me. She noticed how I was struggling to pronounce words and when she interviewed me about my book, I knew nothing about it! She told me that I had to try and I was also afraid of being reprimanded for not reading again, so I listened to her.
The next time I went to the library I found a bucket full of thin-ish looking chapter books. An entire series, I realized about this coocky girl named Junie B. and her adventures in school. I made a pledge to myself in the moment, standing in front of the boxes that I would read this entire series no matter what. And I did. I read one every week or so and continued to do so until I found other series that drew me into my reading mode. I loved Junie B. It was the perfect series for me. A little comedy, a lot of drama and just good fun!
I’ll always be thankful for Junie B. Jones and Barbara Park as they mark the beginning of my reading journey.
Now we are going to skip forward a few years and meet twelve year-old Rendz! In other words, The Golden Age of Rendz.
Over the years I read lots of great books, I went to the library three or four times over the summer to take out books, but none of them really impacted me or made me addicted to reading. That comes later!
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
It was a January, some years ago. I was at my cousins’ house after school as usual. My older cousin arrived and I saw that she was clutching a black book with a weird/cool-bird-thing on the cover. Tween-Rendz was intrigued, so I asked my cousin what she was reading. To quote her: “How do you not know?” Apparently these books were rather popular and her hold from the library finally came after weeks of waiting. Long story short, she ended up buying them to avoid the long library wait and I borrowed them from her in February.
I read the entire trilogy in nine days.
I always said that reading books slowly made them more enjoyable, but for the first time I had experienced the joy of being completely engrossed in a story that you finish it before you even realize. Everything about THG just hit me in all the right places. The action, the romance (even though it was a triangle), and the heroine just completely transformed me. Literally. (I braided my hair like Katniss for the next three years…#TrueStory) Then the movies came out and were great and I was just completely submerged by this genre of dystopia and fantasy.
The big thing about THG is that the series made me less hesitant to head into the teen section or to explore the YA section at Indigo. I visited the library more often, took out lots of more books and read them faster than ever. My YA journey really started with this book series and I have never looked back!
Last one of this post! It’s really no surprise!
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Controversial Bit: It didn’t begin with the books, it began with the movie.
C’est vrai! It was December 2005 and baby-Rendz demanded that she and her family watch the movie she has been seeing advertised on TV lately. Her mother said “Your going to get scared by all the monsters,” but Baby-Rendz insisted. So we bought the tickets and I watched The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe for the first time!
My mom was right, I was supremely scared of the monsters.
My cousin would eventually buy me a DVD of the movie and that, ladies and gents, is the beginning of a phase I am never going to grow out of!
BUT..the books? Where do they come into play? In the 6th grade my teacher decided to read LWW to us and I was literally over the moon because that meant we would also be watching the movie at the end of the unit! Of course while studying the book we had to find all the symbolism and metaphors and all those other fancy-dancy literary terms (plus I went to a Catholic school, and this is C.S. Lewis so you know Jesus was brought up a couple times too), but all of that really took a side note. For me, I was realizing that my favourite fantasy world could be explored in more ways, that I could venture further into the world with the other books, I just had to find the motivation to do it.
That motivation didn’t come until the following year when I bought a beautiful bind up of all seven books and read the entire, humongous tome in a month and a half. It was fantastic, I found new love for LWW and also found other faves in The Horse and His Boy and The Silver Chair!
Narnia was such an important feature in my life. It took up (and still does) most of my thoughts, I would coerce my friends into playing “Narnia” at recess, I would reenact my favourite scenes at home and find my favourite quotes to write out. The obsession is never ending. I know they may not be the most politically correct books and C.S. Lewis is pretty problematic himself, but I cannot deny what a huge impact these works had and still have on me.
Narnia was my first fantasy world that I visited and even though I’m sure there are other amazing worlds to explore, I will always choose Narnia as my go to.
Alright that’s enough for now! These are just the beginning books, the ones that really impacted me as a kid and tween.There are still a few more series that changed me in some way that I will dive into in other posts.
Let me know what you think! As a kid what are some books that really changed you? Or perhaps they made you fall in love with reading? I would love to know!
On one of my WordPress endeavours, I stumbled upon My Bookish Dream’s blog and found the tag I was looking for all my bloggish life. Yes, the Narnia tag. If you didn’t know I live, breathe, dream and think about The Chronicles of Narnia 24/7. It is my favourite fantasy world and has been an obsession of mine since December of 2005. To have found this tag was like finding gold and it was so much fun. Enjoy.
This tag was originally created by Clémence @ Clemi’s Bookish World, be sure to check out her blog as well
*all gifs via giphy.com/ all images via Goodreads*
NARNIA – A magical world you would like to visit?
*see the title of the tag 😉 *
THE MAGICIAN’S NEPHEW – A book you think is underrated?
The Dust Lands series by Moira Young
This series is action packed and the perfect binge read. It has such a cool syntax and an amazing dystopian world!
THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE – A classic that you love?
Other than The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe?
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy M. Montgomery
This is a great story full of love, friendship and humour. If you read this you will fall in love with Anne and search endlessly for a kindred spirit like herself!
THE HORSE AND HIS BOY – A book you picked up without knowing what it was about?
The Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey
I read this because my older sister was reading it and it looked cool. *I was judging by the cover shown* I was twelve and I just picked it up after my sister had finished it. Oh, boy. Let me tell you. This is a great vampire series. It was addicting. I couldn’t put it down. I now realize not every scene should be read by a 12 year-old but it was nothing too scandalous. I never finished the series but perhaps someday I will reread them again.
PRINCE CASPIAN – A sequel that you loved?
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
It is the best book in the series to me. It had great action, suspense and romance. It will always be my favourite and no one can change my mind.
THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER – A quest you’d like to be a part of?
I would love to be part of the Rampion crew. I don’t have any special skills that I could contribute, I just want to be in the same space as Cinder, Kai, Scarlet, Wolf, Cress, Winter, Jacin, Iko and of course THORNE!
THE SILVER CHAIR – A book you didn’t expect to love?
The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski
The covers threw me off….Not that they are ugly, it is that they are incredibly beautiful. Kestrel looks so elegant in all three dresses while holding a sword/knife of some sort. I thought it was going to be cheesy and boring. I was so, so wrong. They are so, so much more. This series is fully of political intrigue, suspense and yes, a romance that will make you swoon. I identified with both main characters a lot and I am planning on rereading them soon!
THE LAST BATTLE – A perfect ending to a series you love?
Winter: It was perfect, heart breaking and the best happily-ever after.
The Winner’s Kiss: Honestly it was perfection. I have no other words but Perfection!
Frost like Night: It will tear you apart and piece you back together slowly. Another fantastic ending.
Crooked Kingdom: Oh the feels……….
Just go and read all these series, please.
THE PEVENSIES – A siblinghood of friendship you’d love to be a part of?
I already have two older sisters of my own, but I would love to be part of the Penderwick family. (Sorry K+M) They are so cute, supportive and loving of one another. They have great bonds and adventures that are hilarious and sad at the same time! Please, just read this series too.
EUSTACE SCRUBB – A character who grew on you?
Magnus Damora from The Falling Kingdoms
Confession Time: I hated, abhorred, and detested Magnus in the first two books of the series. He was so whinny, irresponsible and kind of gross with his obsession over his sister. His self-pity was at peak levels and he killed a favourite character of mine. BUT he redeems himself a lot in the next books. He starts to take action and responsibility. He still wallows in self-pity (too much for my liking) but at least he is becoming a better person.
TUMNUS – Your favourite mystical creature?
Dragon! Phoenix! Fairy! All of them really.
CASPIAN – A character with regal qualities?
Kai from The Lunar Chronicles! He is so proper and elegant, but he still fits into the mess that is the Rampion crew!
REEPICHEEP: a loyal character
Chaol Westfall to Dorian Havilliard. The ultimate BrOTP.
THE WARDROBE – Your favourite hideout/place to read?
My room. I get to cuddle with lots of blankets and pillows. Plus I have a nice bookshelf that I can stare at all day long!
And anyone else who is Narnian on the inside and would love to have a go at this. *Don’t worry you do not have to have read the books or have seen the movies to answer the questions!*
Personally, I would just love to thank the creator of this tag. It was epic, I loved it and I’m always looking for more Narnia related content! If there are any other Narnians who would love to fangirl with me I am here for you.
I leave you with this gif that basically sums up my emotions about Narnia.
Today I have decided to share with you some of my Favourites about reading. Some have been with me for long periods of time or in some cases are recently favourited. Each of these books or people have impacted my life in some way, shape or form. It could vary from being extremely entertaining or inspiring or the “reason I read” kind of book or author.
There a countless books in the world, so many I have yet to read. So while this may be a list of my favourites, know that this list will only grow bigger and bigger.
I will admit it, when it comes to reading I will always, ALWAYS go to Fantasy first. I rarely read out of fantasy (but I do so no worries my other genre loving peeps). Fantasy (like many who use this cliche) is my escape. When I look around me and see how messed up this world of ours is, I want to leave. But I can’t, so I turn to books, with other worlds, with their own set of screwed up problems, with their adventure and resolution.
I go there for magic.
Any type of magic in the book world, whether it be elemental or witchcraft/wizardry or pulling rabbits out of hats, instantly has my attention. I love to read about magical human beings (or maybe not human), who have the ability to wield forces that are unrealistic. If I had a magical power it would be all magic (don’t you dare ask me to pick and choose).
I could go more in depth and reveal my soul deep love for fantasy and write how it has allowed me to grow, learn from mistakes and have courage. But that will come another time. For now I’ll let you know that most of my points will always lead back to my desire to wield magic.
#2. Science fiction and Dystopia
#3. Historical fiction (I have a sweet spot for Sherlock Holmes spin offs even though I have yet to read a Holmes novel)
#4. Contemporary. I will be honest I am not a big contemporary reader. The stories don’t bore me (at least not usually) but I am always looking for an adventure, something different and outside of realistic element aka fantasy. I do try to read at least one contemporary a month to explore the reading realm.
#5. Paranormal/Supernatural. I hardly read from this genre because I find each story to be the same. Guy is super hot and muscular (not a complaint) and is a powerful demon/vampire/angel who is sent to kill girl who has hidden power or guy spontaneously saves girl from enemy/herself as she discovers her power. Some fight scenes, kissing scenes and cheesy romantic lines later and they all lived as happily as demons can live! But I’m a hypocrite. This is my guilty pleasure genre. Something about the predictable end and well…MAGIC always keep me hooked!
As I said this is the current list. With time, some titles will change many more will be added but for now I will share the current list. (Note: Eventually each or at least some of these mentions will get their own appreciation post)