Saturday, December 03, 2005

A Narnian Dryad

The birchgirls in silver, and the beechgirls in fresh, transparent green, and the larchgirls in green so bright that it was almost yellow.

Hannah and I had too much fun tonight at Goodwill, finding a dryad costume for her to wear to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. The Zeglen girls, who are coming with us, are also planning to come in costume - Lucy Pevensie, the White Witch, and the Lamppost, tentatively. The rest of us are going without costumes. I had considered dressing as a dryad, but wasn't satisfied with any of my costume options. Hannah, sweet sister that she is, wanted me to be the White Witch, but I've declined. She thought I'd be perfect for the part. She quickly clarified that I have the pale complexion and tall figure. Smooth recovery, Dear :).


Ashley said...

Hannah, you look cold. But exactly like a Dryad. :-)

Mrs.B. said...

Susan, I have a question for you.....please don't lynch me for this (o; but I've read some TERRIBLE things about CS Lewis and I must admit that I've never read The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe. However, ANYTHING with 'witches' in it makes me nervous.......I guess my question is, as a Christian, do these things not concern you as well? Again, I'm not trying to chastise anyone or be critical, to be honest I was just surprised at how many Christians on Crystal's blog don't have problems with this type of book or the Harry Potter books.

I'd appreciate your thoughts on my comments. Again, I hope I'm not offending you, it's not my intention to do so.

Thanks (o:

Susan said...

Mrs. B,

Of course I won't lynch you for asking an honest question! I hope I haven't given the impression that I ever would. I tend to have strong opinions on many issues, but that doesn't mean I can't appreciate and get along with people who have different opinions.

When I first posted on the movie, I was expecting a question concerning the appropriateness of the Chronicles of Narnia for Christians. I would like to address this topic soon in a post, as I have studied the topic of fictional magic quite a bit. For the record, while I do appreciate the Lord of the Rings and the Chronicles of Narnia, I do have serious misgivings concerning Harry Potter. While I have seen the first two movies at my cousins' house, I've never read the books, nor do I have plans to see future movies or read the books. I'll explain in a future post how I have differentiated between the three series of books/movies.

Lydia said...

I love the costume, Hannah. You look so fresh and lovely- like a real dryad! I especially love the leaves and your long, flowing golden hair as it complements the imagery for a dryad very well. Wonderful costume!

Susan, I can't blame you for not wanting to dress like the White Witch, but I couldn't help thinking how hilariously you explained the proposition made by your "dear" sister. I spoke with a friend of mine at church this afternoon. Since reading your blog, I shared the idea with her and we discussed how it might be fun to dress up in costume, as well. I'm not sure what night we plan to go. I hope this weekend as I have off four days in a row. How in the world does your friend plan to pull of a lamppost costume? I would love to see pictures. I will try to take some if I remember and if we have a decent sized group together.

I look forward to your post explaining fictional elements in Christian literature. What a great topic and so timely! Thanks for the humorous commentary on Narnia. It has been refreshing.

Mrs.B. said...

Hi Susan:

You've never been anything but gracious in ANYTHING I've ever seen you write...but you're not the only person reading my question and I wanted to make it clear that I wasn't trying to be combative or get into a big debating match with anyone on this.

I look forward to reading your future posts on this subject. Like I said I've never read the books but their talk of witches and magic concerns me. I've provided a link below (it's a pretty long read) for you to check out when you have time. Thanks again! (o:

If this link doesn't work, go to and click on the articles link, at the top, and then click on 'book reviews'.

Susan said...

I will definitely look at the link you provided. I remember some years back visiting the same site and reading reviews on a few other books, like the Mandie books and L.M. Montgomery. I agreed with some of what they said, but not with other things. While I used to be a big fan of both of the above, I admit my enthusiasm for Mandie has severely waned, partly due to their review. I still love L.M. Montgomery's books (minus a few lesser works that had some issues), although not the author personally.

I also, while an admirer of C.S. Lewis, certainly do not agree with him totally in theology.

We'll see when I get my post written. This is week is going to be very busy, but perhaps it will get done in the next few days. Thanks for the link!

Mrs.B. said...

Thanks Susan....I do know that this is a busy time of the year so if you can't do it this week, I TOTALLY understand.

I also wanted to say that I don't agree 100% with Keepers on everything either but I do agree with MOST of what they have said on their book reviews. I do have to say though that with their strict standards, it's refreshing to feel 'safe' ordering their books...I just LOVE their reprints from the 1800's and early 1900's! I also like the way that they present their beliefs.....very humble and not haughty or 'holier than thou' at all.

zan said...

Oh, Mandie books. That is a blast from the past. I haven't cracked one in ten years. I out grew them and graduated to Sherlock Holmes. I really went through this mystery craze when I was a teenager.

Are there still new Mandie books out there? Did she ever marry Joe?

I don't think I have ever read a novel where I agree with everything. LM Montgomery is my favorite writer. She did write some ghost stories and some novels with some "strong language" and humor that some people might not find funny. Ex. "Tangled Web." I still loved the story. I think she had great insight into real people and their many quirks. The best series were the "Pat" books. They still make me cry because I relate with the theme of not wanting anything to change and the love of home.

Just curious, what do you not agree with about CS Lewis's theology? I don't know that much about him. Just what I have seen from a biography on PBS and that movie, "Shadow Lands."

Susan said...

I haven't followed Mandie in a while, but I think the books are still being published.

Well, I must admite that A Tangled Web is one of her works with which I have issues. I never did finish it, but trashed it instead. The language and bizarre themes were so un-Anneish. A pity L.M.M. had that side to her writing. I loved the Pat books! I also identified so much with Pat, perhaps more so than with any other of L.M.M.'s heroines for the same reasons you listed.

Mainly I had issues with some of The Last Battle. The boy who "faithfully served Tash," yet was welcomed by Aslan because it was "as if he had served Aslan." That would be my main problem. Much more minor, The Last Battle is a-millenialist, and I lean post-millenialist myself.

Mr. Baggins said...
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Mr. Baggins said...

Mrs. B, I have just written a blog entry responding to the article for which you gave th URL. I hope it will answer some of your concerns. It is on the Green Baggins2 blog.

Mrs.B. said...

Thanks Mr. Baggins, I will read it. (o:

zan said...

I really enjoyed the Tangled Web but understand how Anne fans would not like it. It was one of her later novels too. The ending was great, though. The Blue Castle is another of her books that I really enjoyed.

WOuldn't the Last Battle be more pre-mil instead of a-mil? I tend to be a- mil but haven't studied eschatolagy in awhile. I do think that Christians tend to look for more physical interpretations instead of spiritual ones. I don't believe that the whole world will become Christianized before Christ returns. I think His kingdom is not of this world. I compare Christians looking for a physical kingdom as the same as the Jews looking for a messiah that would deliver them from the Romans instead of from their sins. Then again, I am no authority on eschatology.

Susan said...

Thank you for writing a response to the article, Lane. I haven't read the whole Keepers of the Faith article yet, but hope to some time soon. I'm about to head over to your blog to read your post (and the links you provided) more thoroughly, having given them a cursory glance earlier. Thanks for the review.

Zan, you are cracking me up with your choice of L.M. Montgomery books. The Blue Castle was my second least favorite of her novels. It just was kind of bizarre, imo. It was ok, but not to compare with most of her others. I guess we are each entitled to our own opinion :).

I am pretty positive The Last Battle was a-mil. Maybe someone else could give a more definite answer. A-mil actually is close to post-mil; post-mil is just a-mil with a smile :), so it's not far from my own view, just less optimistic. I just mentioned that as one point of theology which which I differ with Lewis. I'm not by any means stalwart on that; I read Lewis' interpretation of the endtimes as just that: an interpretation. The boy who served Tash did rub me the wrong way, though. I'm sure I could find theological points on which to differ with every respected theologian, but that doesn't mean I can't appreciate his writings.

Anonymous said...

I have just been to the New Zealand premiere, and the movie is fantastic! I just got home and its about 5:30 am your time. so enjoy it when you get to see it!

zan said...

She wrote those two books near the end of her career. I like the old maid themes. If you notice, most of her heroines get married late in life like she did. She had to wait for her aunt to die before she was able to marry her minster. I see a lot of the secret longing for her own home and love when I read her books. I definately got that from the Blue Castle.

Did you ever read the Emily series? I enjoyed them but thought they were a little dark. The ending was the saver for the entire series but I thought the whole thing was very brooding and slightly depressing. I really loved her children books like Magic for Marigold and the later Anne books that talk about Anne's children. Very innocent and heartwarming. I love reading about children.