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Last night on Comedy Central, they played Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet, #*%$#@!!. It was sad, but it made me smile.

Last night, I tried to watch the movie Gerry. I had seen it once before in the movie theater and I hated it, but I wanted to test to see if I still would hate it in a different frame of mind or if I still thought it was a waste of my time. Well guess what, now I hate that movie even more! I got about half of the way through it and was bored out of my mind and not looking forward to the rest of this movie. So I stopped watching it.

Instead, I went upstairs and read "The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe", which I found on the bookshelf in my parent's room. This book felt more like a children's book than any of the Harry Potter books. C.S. Lewis writes down to the audience a lot. The major battle at the end of the book is described in a single paragraph. Mostly he writes "Horrible things were happening wherever she looked." It's interesting how different this approach is compared to J.K. Rowling's writing is. Rowling puts a lot more faith in the maturity of her readers.

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tyrven
Dec. 12th, 2005 12:59 am (UTC)
Or maybe Rowlings is just a better writer :)
patrick
Dec. 12th, 2005 01:13 am (UTC)
I bet that is also more likely.
a_muse_d
Dec. 12th, 2005 01:18 am (UTC)
or maybe cs lewis and jk rowling are from two different time periods with different styles and leaving it up to the imagination isn't such a bad thing all the time.
patrick
Dec. 12th, 2005 10:25 am (UTC)
Leaving it up the imagination is not a bad thing, but I would prefer a little more detail than lewis provides. He doesn't really give anything to work with and it feels more like lazy writing than "leaving it up the imagination". I don't think the two time periods make a difference, though. J.R.R. Tolken wrote at the same time and his stories are much more interesting and detailed to read. Tolken and Rowling are much more compariable in the quality of writing.

Again, you could say that Lewis was writing for a younger audience than Tolken, but honestly I think the same age group started reading both of these books. I know that I did.
tacofordinner
Dec. 12th, 2005 01:29 am (UTC)
Two jerks with the same name forget they need water!
The plot outline of Gerry totally made me laugh. Did other people think that movie was deeply moving and awesome?
patrick
Dec. 12th, 2005 10:26 am (UTC)
Re: Two jerks with the same name forget they need water!
Seriously, it's pretty stupid. The only thing that's going for that movie is the cinematography. But how hard is it to shot pretty scenes in a desert? Just point the camera and you got something pretty.
glitterus
Dec. 12th, 2005 01:58 am (UTC)
HAHAHAHAHA OMG you did not just compare C.S. Lewis and Rowling. Oh but you did. Yes, C.S. Lewis was writing to children very, very young children. He was also writing in the style of his time (and very good friends with Tolkien and Sayers I might add). He mainly wrote for adults, books for a much more mature audience than Rowling could ever attract in her most ambitious dreams.
patrick
Dec. 12th, 2005 10:33 am (UTC)
I've read Tolkien, and I would say I remember being at the same age when I started reading Tolkien that I started reading Lewis. I was about 10 or 11 then. Lewis was aiming way younger, I think.

When you say Sayers, do you mean Dorothy L. Sayers? I never read anything by her.

Granted, Lewis did write many books for adults but what I read was not as interesting and nothing was as famous as the Narnia books. What's wrong with comparing Narnia with the Harry Potter books. I think it's a very fair comparison. At least, the first Potter book with the first Narnia book. After that, Potter gets more mature and Narnia doesn't.
chopolonaise
Dec. 12th, 2005 09:00 pm (UTC)
what the pho
wow i don't remember that in the book at all. but of course my mom read it to me when i was 7. maybe i should read it myself. but that's interesting - from the previews, it made cslewis look a lot crazier/violent than harry potter (excluding the latest movie which was the most flippin sweet one yet)
patrick
Dec. 13th, 2005 03:17 am (UTC)
Re: what the pho
I barely remembered the book at all before I picked it up. I think I saw the play more recently than I had read the book. But I didn't remember the battle at all. I was confused when I saw the trailer for the movie and there is this huge battle in it because I was like "there is a big battle in the story?"

Both Harry Potter and this story are about children taking on responsiblities that are greater than what's normally expected, but C.S. Lewis just skims on the character development and story details. The most violent part of the book is when Peter kills a wolf and Aslan teaches him about swordplay. But in this one lesson, we are suppose to assume that Peter learns how to fight a war.
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