In anticipation of the The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe coming out in theaters later this year, I am gearing up to read the entire The Chronicles of Narnia series. I have not read them all since middle school. I remember The Silver Chair being my favorite, but I could be wrong. The only one I remember well (other than The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) is The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. We'll see. I'm looking forward to it. It's just a lot of books. I could see myself reading these one last time, and then never reading them again.
I think these will make cool movies, but at the same time it's a little sad that Hollywood is having to strip-mine the world's great literature for blockbuster movie ideas. It's only a matter of time before we see Joshua "Hetero Keanu" Hartnett starring as Gulliver, or Ashlee Simpson in The Awakening, or some similar nonsense. I'll just turn up my nose at the very notion of this and hold out for "The Dukes of Hazzard II: The Cory and Vance Years," thank you very much.
Also, how in the hell was Cate Blanchett not cast as the White Witch? I mean, Tilda Swinton also has that English frozenness about her, but come on - Blanchett was a slam dunk, right? Who is colder-looking than Cate Blanchett? I wonder if this will have the same effect on Blanchett that not getting Catwoman had on Sean Young. I wonder if she'll just go off the deep end and start flying around and screaming like a banshee and shooting ice beams out of her eyes and so forth. Maybe her and Swinton could have some kind of staring contest, with the winner being declared after the loser goes perfectly mad. Many interesting possibilities here.
In any case, I very much look forward to reading The Chronicles of Narnia. Third best fantasy series I've ever read (The Lord of the Rings and the highly underrated The Dark is Rising sequence getting the gold and the silver). Thank you very much, and have a delightful weekend.