Tag Archives: narnia

Hunger Games Fandom Is Odd

13 Aug

So I guess I want to go left or right then, yes?

Look, I like The Hunger Games.  It’s a great series.  It is not about a happy place.  There is no reason to fantasize about actually going there.  Why would you ever want to do that?  Do you really want to live in a world where you might have to eat your cat?  Or kill your sister?  Or be killed by your lover?  The whole point of the series is how inhumane and awful the whole of Panem is.

Maybe this sign is a warning.  “Turn Back” it says.

Also, which direction to Camp Half-Blood?

Narnia, awake. Love. Think. Speak. Be walking trees. Be talking beasts. Be divine waters.

29 Jan

So just as I post about Disney’s backing out of Narnia, Walden Media goes and gets Fox to agree to make Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

This is good news. I think.

One reason (as pointed out in the comments of my previous entry) I liked Prince Caspian so much is that it deviated greatly from the book. Voyage of the Dawn Treader, though, is a great book. Possibly the best of the seven. Deviating greatly from will not work as well as it did on Caspian. Deviating greatly from it, in fact, is likely to be a terrible idea.

Now is the time for them to figure this out, and to do it right. They’ve got their cast (and Will Poulter, the kid playing Eustace, is fantastic), a new director, and now financial backing. What’s missing? Oh right… a script.

Prince Caspian played on, made reference to, and built up a lot of heart for Narnia that I don’t think the first film had (Caspian pretended that it did though). Now they have a chance to build on that even more. Let’s hope they’re up to the challenge.
Bear it well, Sons of Adam. Bear it well, Daughters of Eve…

Eustace
”There once was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.”

Dawn Treader not leaving port

28 Jan

Disney has decided not to fund the third Narnia Movie, Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Despite having a cast, a director, a script, and a bunch of work already done on preproduction, design, etc. they’ve decided to shut it down. That leaves Walden Media with all the work that’s been done, but no one to fund the rest of it. Apparently Disney is not sure it’s a good investment, particularly after the lackluster (comparative to The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe) profit made by the second movie, Prince Caspian.

This is a prime example of the movie industry mis-reading the signs. Not that I blame them entirely; in an industry where nobody knows anything and your continued existence depends on revenue, what else is there to look at but financial box-office/DVD results? In this case they saw diminishing returns and figured that’s the inevitable direction of Narnia films.

Not so, I say. The reason Caspian didn’t do as well is because the first movie simply wasn’t that good. The reason the first movie did so well is because it’s Narnia. People love Narnia, and they want to go there, and they want to love it. So everyone went to see the first one (it’s Narnia), but not everyone loved it (it wasn’t the Narnia they wanted). When the sequel rolls around, fewer people see it since they didn’t enjoy the first one and figure that the second one will be more of the same (more of the Narnia they don’t want). Pretty simple. But the Voyage of the Dawn Treader is a better book than Prince Caspian (and debatably better than Lion, Witch, and Wardrobe), and now that they’re all practiced in creating Narnia… the third time could be a charm.
I’m optimistic about their chances, but that’s because I’m one of the “few” that saw Prince Caspian. Since I suspect most of you didn’t (though most of you probably did see Lion, Witch, and Wardrobe) I should let you know that it was much better. It engaged me, brought me into a magical world with sights and creatures that I loved, and had a compelling storyline which didn’t feel like just connecting the dots to get from A to C. Some of the weaknesses from the first film carried over of course, most notably Aslan still being a mere cg lion with the voice of Liam Neeson, but his role is smaller in this one. Also this is entirely overcome by the fact that Reepicheep is in Prince Caspian. Eddie Izzard is the voice of Reepicheep, who is fantastic, and since he has a larger role in the Voyage of the Dawn Treader…

Prince Caspian was almost the Narnia I wanted. It was certainly much closer than the first movie, which is why I have high hopes for the third one. I hope that some other studio/production company will decide that Narnia is a good risk, and create it again. Once a King or Queen…
I’d love to return.