From Book to Screenplay to Movie Novelization – A Great Idea or Too Controversial?

I wrote this article about two years ago, but decided not to publish it then, because of the reaction from a few people. I decided that it’s time to publish it, however. Over the past few months I’ve been thinking about this concept.  It’s actually something that has been rolling around in my head for many years, but I’ve always known how people would react to it.  The response would be extremely negative.  In fact, when I posted this article in a pair of groups on Facebook to get feedback, that’s exactly the response that I got.  One person called the mere idea a travesty.  Much discussion followed, and I’ve heard the most negative of reactions to this idea possible.  To those that will, inevitably, also hate this idea: you have been heard.  Take comfort in the fact that this project is only in my own mind, and not something that I expect to ever actually come to fruition.

The idea resurfaced when I saw a book on the shelves at Barnes & Noble.  The book was John Carter: The Movie Novelization.  It’s a very thick book that is 555 pages long and is based on the motion picture screenplay.  On the inside of the book it says the following:

John Carter: The Movie Novelization by Stuart Moore, based on the screenplay by Andrew Stanton & Mark Andrews and Michael Chabon, based on the story A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Also includes: A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

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Free Narnia: Beyond the Wardrobe ebook Available Now

Beyond the WardrobeWant to go deeper into Narnia than ever before?  Now you can, and its’ free for your Android or iOS device from HarperCollins!  You can get a free copy of the Beyond the Wardrobe: The Official Guide to Narnia ebook!

- Find out about C. S. Lewis and the mythical and historical origins of Narnia.
– Watch the great tale unfold book by book as you journey to the Lone Islands, across the Lantern Waste and stand atop Aslan’s How.
– Discover the powers and magic behind the characters.
– Witness battles of epic proportions between good and evil.

Lavishly illustrated with original artwork and archival photos as well as images from the spectacular movie of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, this indispensable volume takes readers beyond the wardrobe and into one of the great classic series of all time.Just download the HarperCollins Reader on your device and enjoy your free ebook!

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Confused about the Narnia Book Reading Order?

The Chronicles of NarniaWe’ve written in the past about the Narnia Reading Order, and you can read it at that link.  However, glumPuddle has just completed a video series about the reading order that also goes in depth on the topic, and asked us to share it with you.

In these videos he has a ton of evidence for why the original publication order is the ideal way to read the books on your first time through them.

However, with that evidence means there are a ton of spoilers for the material.

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Bille Brown, Coriakin in Voyage of the Dawn Treader, has died

Bille Brown Bille_Brown_002Veteran Australian stage actor Bille Brown has died today after a short battle with bowel cancer.  He was 61.  He played Coriakin in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010), but his stage career stretches well beyond.  With four decades of work with the Queensland Theatre Company, he was one of the first to join.  He was part of 29 different productions with the QTC, and had produced four of his own written works.

“The artistic community of Queensland and Australia has lost a true gentleman. We are part of Bille’s legacy,” QTC artistic director Wesley Enoch said.  “Every actor, playwright, director, stage manager, designer, musician and all the teams who work in theatre in Queensland owe Bille a huge debt.  He brought a sense of adventure, love and respect. His talent and love survives in us all.”

The Biloela-born actor worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company for a number of years between 1976 and 1996 and toured throughout Europe with them.  He was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 2011 for his service to the performing arts as an actor and playwright.  He was also made an honorary Queensland Doctorate of Letters from the University of Queensland.

It’s always sad when a member of the Narnia family dies, but he leaves behind a legacy.

-via and thanks to Tony Nixon for telling us about it.

Tumnus’ Bookshelf: The NarniaFans Book Reviews: The Unofficial Narnia Cookbook

Hey, everybody, welcome back to Tumnus’ Bookshelf: The NarniaFans Book Reviews, where we review any and all books by about and inspired by CS Lewis, The land of Narnia and The Inklings. For today’s review we will be looking at the new book The Unofficial Narnia Cookbook!

Title:The Unofficial Narnia Cookbook.

Author: Dinah Bucholz

Publisher:Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (November 1, 2012)

ISBN-10:1402266413

ISBN-13: 978-1402266416

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Vote Narnia in the 2013 People’s Choice Awards

The People’s Choice Awards has a new category called “Favorite Movie Fan Following” but did not include Narnia fans.  We’d like to help change that.  I’m not sure if you like the term “Narniac” or “Narnian” or “Narnia Fan.” So, please click on the link and WRITE IN something for Narnia, plus “The Chronicles of Narnia.  Help us get a spot.  You can vote for five, so feel free to vote for four others.

Let’s give Narnia a voice. Vote Narnia for the People’s Choice Awards. Tell your friends to do the same!

2013 People’s Choice Awards – Favorite Movie Fan Following

The Chronicles of Narnia star William Moseley signs with APA

The Chronicles of Narnia star William Moseley has signed with APA.  What does this mean?  Well, they’re an agency that helps actors find roles.  It looks like, if you’re a fan of Moseley, which many Narnia fans here are, you’re likely going to start seeing him more often.  He’s already completed work on a film, and has another one that starts filming this December.

The English actor played Peter Pevensie in the billion-dollar Walden Media franchise.

The films, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) and The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010), grossed a combined $1.6 billion worldwide.

Moseley has completed filming the lead role in Ernst Gossner’s independent World War I drama The Silent Mountain. He also is attached to the romantic comedy Of Corset’s Mine, and will appear opposite Alfred Molina and Camilla Bell. Production is slated to begin in December.

All Four Final Narnia Movies Greenlit at Once? (April Fools)

Consider this the rumor to end all rumors.  In what can only be seen as an unprecedented move by any company, 20th Century Fox and Walden Media has not only greenlit one, but all four Narnia movies to be shot at the same time by a team of directors.  The goal is to top the number of films shot at one time, set by Peter Jackson with The Lord of the Rings.

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Gresham gave Liberty University Convocation Message

Douglas Gresham, a producer of The Chronicles of Narnia films and the stepson of C.S. Lewis, imparted some basic spiritual truths to Liberty University students at Monday’s convocation.  If you were in attendance, please send us a report, or comment below.  We’d love to know more of what he said.  In particular, his comments on the future of the Narnia movies.

He spoke about what it means to have the name Christian.

“Believing in Christ is not sufficient today to be a Christian,” he said. “… It is also essential to believe Christ, believe what He taught, what He told us to do and then do it.  If you do what the Lord wants you to be doing, you’re going to be good at it, and it will be very rewarding.”

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What Order should I read the Chronicles of Narnia?

This is one of the questions that we always seem to get, and while I have it listed on the books page, I think it’s prudent to write something new about it, since there are so many that are now picking up the Chronicles of Narnia books for the first time.

There are many in the current generation that are unaware that there is an order discrepancy at all, because the books were re-numbered after C.S. Lewis had died, into near-chronological order.  I say near-chronological, because they can never truly be chronological, as The Horse and His Boy (HHB) takes place at some time during the final few pages of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (LWW).  Thus, to truly read them in chronological order, you’d need to stop reading LWW at a certain point, then read the whole of HHB before heading back into the final parts of LWW.

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