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Re: Has anyone ever wrote their own Narnia Stories...

PostPosted: 05 Dec 2009, 05:05
by Pete
Carol wrote:The suggestions Lewis made - to children - were for filling in the gaps in his stories, not for continuing the story of Narnia after it had already finished and the protagonists gone to heaven!
The idea that young adults, or teenagers, fifty years later, would turn up and write soppy medieval/sub-Tolkienian stuff using his characters, locations and concepts, would have worried the dear man.
And his suggestion was for them to write for their own pleasure and creativity - not to publish it internationally!


The other day, when in Angus & Robertson (an Australian bookstore chain - are they international too? I don't know...) I saw this kind of concept but in a twisted way done to a Jane Austin book. The book - Sense & Sensibility, but the blurb stated they added and expanded scenes to include sea monsters! :lol: They renamed it Sene & Senibility and Sea Monsters. The cover was very eye catching - a Jane Austin style female facing a naval man whose head was octupus-like (like the guy in one of the Pirates of the Carribean movies). I think Jane Austin would be horrified though, if she saw it! :snow-shocked:

Re: Has anyone ever wrote their own Narnia Stories...

PostPosted: 05 Dec 2009, 05:40
by Lirenel
I heard the first one they did was Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. :snow-laugh:

Re: Has anyone ever wrote their own Narnia Stories...

PostPosted: 17 Dec 2009, 17:55
by Dan65802
I haven't written any of them down, but I've been telling Narnia stories of my own creation to my son for a couple of years, centering around Prince Justin and Forstar the Centaur. At first they were just simple morality tales and Aesop fables set in Narnia. Prince Justin often made foolish choices and his friend Forstar helped him out of trouble and taught him wise lessons.

Over the past year however, I've been shaping the plot as lead in to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe which we'll start reading on his 6th birthday next summer. In the recent stories the protective apple tree has been lost, giants (both good and bad) have entered Narnia, Prince Justin's father was killed in battle (making Justin the King). Over the next several months Jadis will connive her way into Narnia (I hope to think of an origin story for the wand), there will be great battles and I think Forstar the Centaur will eventually give the prophesies that we read in TLWW.

By the way, the wood from the apple tree was used to make four thrones. My hope is that on the day before I begin reading TLWW, I tell my son a story that ends with, "Winter covered Narnia and there was no Christmas. This lasted for 100 years."

- Dan -

Re: Has anyone ever wrote their own Narnia Stories...

PostPosted: 06 Jan 2010, 18:47
by jo
Is that Austen and sea monsters thing for real? GOod heavens.

I also wondered about the fact that the Pevensies must have experienced, in Narnia, adolescence. They return home before any of them become sexually active but nonetheless they must have been through puberty there and all the turmoil associated with that. It makes it yet more difficult for me to understand how Susan could later write it off as being all imagination.

Re: Has anyone ever wrote their own Narnia Stories...

PostPosted: 06 Jan 2010, 20:02
by agingjb
Since Susan is an invention by someone without, I suspect, the faintest idea of the difficulties a young woman might encounter in one adolescence, let alone two, I'm not surprised that she is depicted in such an unsympathetic manner.

Re: Has anyone ever wrote their own Narnia Stories...

PostPosted: 06 Jan 2010, 20:03
by Mr Hooper
Not actual fan fiction but like several other people here I have written novels and stories which are very much indebted to Narnia, or the Space Trilogy, or to Lewis's ideas and beliefs. A few years ago I wrote a story called The Myth of the Human (or the Myth of Man as I later called it), about a "modern" man's encounter with a mythical creature, which tells him that he is the myth rather than the creature. The idea seemed to come from nowhere, and the story worked itself out without much effort, but of course I later realised that I had "filched" the story from the book Tumnus has in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I have never had anything published, and I suppose one of the reasons might be that I can't move beyond Lewis and find my own voice.

Re: Has anyone ever wrote their own Narnia Stories...

PostPosted: 18 Mar 2010, 17:30
by Nerd42
I was thinking a long time ago that something really needs to be done to bridge the gap between The Magicians Nephew and the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe because there are many loose ends to tie up in the plot. So I was thinking of starting a Narnia fanfic to cover this but it never got anywhere. Take a look. That give you any ideas?

Re: Has anyone ever wrote their own Narnia Stories...

PostPosted: 18 Mar 2010, 17:50
by Robert
I like it. Very good idea.

Re: Has anyone ever wrote their own Narnia Stories...

PostPosted: 18 Mar 2010, 21:21
by Nerd42
Robert wrote:I like it. Very good idea.
I kinda got stuck on it after a few paragraphs. Basically, the dwarf discovers one of the golden apples and it has effects on him that lead him to desire the apples more and more so that he eventually chops down the tree that protects Narnia

Re: Has anyone ever wrote their own Narnia Stories...

PostPosted: 18 Mar 2010, 21:36
by Robert
Well its a good start. And I think it neat to explore what goes unmentioned in stories.

Re: Has anyone ever wrote their own Narnia Stories...

PostPosted: 26 Mar 2010, 22:07
by carol
agingjb wrote:Since Susan is an invention by someone without, I suspect, the faintest idea of the difficulties a young woman might encounter in one adolescence, let alone two, I'm not surprised that she is depicted in such an unsympathetic manner.


That sounds convincing but it's no truer than suggestions that Lewis didn't know or get on well with any children. (which I will not go into now)

Lewis had only a brother and went to all-boy schools.
But he shared his home with his friend Paddy's mother and sister - who was aged eleven when they first me, and quite a young woman when they first arrived - and she was therefore like a sister to him.

The young women and girls who were billeted at The Kilns were surely useful for information, observation and discussion on what it was like growing up as a girl in wartime?

Re: Has anyone ever wrote their own Narnia Stories...

PostPosted: 09 Jun 2010, 00:36
by brian7
I started writing one years ago and had posted in the wardrobe but I gave up on it. It wasn't very good, lol.

Re: Has anyone ever wrote their own Narnia Stories...

PostPosted: 12 Jul 2010, 02:58
by Lucys_Wardrobe
I wrote one about Susan sitting in her flat in London after she learns of her brothers and sister deaths, and that she is having a hard time coping with it. I also wrote one about Lucy baking cookies with Mr. Tumnus in his cave.