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I wanna be eight again.

mik100 and I rented the Chronicles of Narnia DVDs the other night, and this afternoon we watched The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, two episodes of .hack//SIGN (we're at episode 20, now, and it looked for a moment there like something might actually happen, but it didn't), and the second episode of Babylon 5, season five, The Very Long Night of Londo Mollari, which is a good episode except for everyone acting like such idiots and most of my favourite characters being largely absent.

I read The Chronicles of Narnia when I was extremely young (five, I think, or maybe six) - even before I read LoTR, and for the next ten years I gave very hard second looks to all mysterious doorways and ancient cupboards. LoTR is still my dearest love when it comes to fantasy, but Narnia I loved first, because if you really think about it, that's urban fantasy (or the closest anybody came to it during the mid-twentieth century), and in any case the adventure began with human beings from the normal world. And, sigh. :)

I mean, as a slightly more discerning human now, and as a writer, I have a much lower opinion of C.S. Lewis as a writer - I hate the way he ended the books and categorically refuse to read The Last Battle ever again. (Take a perfectly good flight of fancy and shove it into a Biblical Allegory box, why don't you. Pfft.) But all that aside, I still give hard second looks at mysterious doorways and ancient cupboards. Just out of habit. And because a large part of me is still eight years old.

Though I always resented that there was an age limit. Feh.

And now I'm thinking of Oz, and Peter Pan, and those two I was reminded of by Hush, though to be honest I get into these funks once or twice a year so it's nothing to worry about. Still, it makes me wish I could be eight again. Or near enough.

*sigh* Ah, well. Tomorrow I must fetch my six-year-old pseudo-cousin Jeremy from French Immersion daycamp, and when we get home I will sit him down and we will watch Prince Caspian together. Or perhaps The Neverending Story. Or Willow. (Gods, the eighties had *great* fantasy movies. ;) Though he's not allowed to watch the second Harry Potter movie, because his dad says he has to read the book first. ;)

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lilymc
Jul. 22nd, 2003 09:22 am (UTC)
what?! *gasps*
you rented Narnia DVD's? Why was I not informed? I have to go to camp, remember... Camp Narnia? Why would I be going to a camp based on a series of books which I dd not love more than any other (series of books)... huh?;)

Can I either watch them with you, or can I steal them.... when are said DVD's due back?
mik100
Jul. 22nd, 2003 01:58 pm (UTC)
Re: what?! *gasps*
They're due back on Saturday at 11 (I think) I don't mind if you borrow them. Just ask your sister
dragonfly13
Jul. 22nd, 2003 04:38 pm (UTC)
I really ought to read the Narnia series... I've never gotten around to it. The first fantasy I think I read was Anne McCaffrey, but my mother read me fantasy books before then - the ones I remember specifically were the Shannara series by Terry Brooks, but we only got two books in. Now I'm struggling to read them. Terry Brooks writes in such a way that takes me forever to read his books...I ought to ask my mum what else she read to me.
chandri
Jul. 24th, 2003 12:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, my. You started with Anne McCaffrey? That could scar a person for life.
I shouldn't talk - I spent two years hunting down more and more sequels to Harper Hall of Pern - McCaffrey re-invented Purple Prose for the twenty-first century. :P
dragonfly13
Jul. 24th, 2003 01:16 pm (UTC)
I"m not scarred...but then again I'm not sure that was the first I read... I actually think I read Into the Land of the Unicorns by Bruce Coville beforehand - and that is a very good book to start with, in my opinion. To this day I sometimes sit down for an hour to read it all...
Though you technically wouldn't call it starting with Anne McCaffrey since my mother read me Terry Brooks and...well I'm sure she must have read me other books too. I just can't remember.
wrin
Jul. 22nd, 2003 06:57 pm (UTC)
Can't say I disagree.
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