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Sunday, January 04, 2009

C.S. Lewis and Madeleine L'Engle Meme

Discovered this interesting, but short, meme here while perusing Google. Anyone who wants to do it for their blog is welcome to (I'm too lazy right now to tag people individually).

Here goes:

Have you read any of Madeleine L’Engle’s books?
Yes, but unfortunately not a lot.

Which is your favorite?
A Wrinkle in Time happens to be the only book I've read of hers. This is probably the case for a lot of people.

Have you read any of C.S. Lewis’ books?
Quite a few, actually, though not as many as I would like.

Which is your favorite?
I'm quite partial to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. It's a classic and a good opener to an entertaining series.

Do you like fantasy fiction?
Actually, while I babble a lot more about science fiction on this blog than I do about fantasy (which is a fault of mine, unfortunately) I do enjoy fantasy fiction about as much. I simply don't allow myself to become delusional about the genre--I accept that cliches exist and pay more attention to the story and how the author presents everything.

Are you a science fiction fan?
Goodness no. Why would I blog about something unless I hated it? And yes, that is sarcasm.

What is your favorite genre of book?
Edit: Apparently I'm an idiot today!
Favorite genre? Science fiction, obviously, although I love fantasy as well. If I had to pick a favorite subgenre of science fiction it would likely be dystopian or space opera.

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  1. It asked what your favourite GENRE is, not what your favourite book is.

    And LWW didn't open the Chronicles of Narnia, The Magician's Nephew did.

  2. Corrected. Thank you for pointing out the fact that I'm an idiot.

    Also, here in the U.S. LWW was the opening book, so that's what I know as the first book in the series.

  3. This is a cool meme. I think I'll try it.

    And technically, LWW started the series -- it was the first one Lewis wrote and published -- however, once he had finished the series he had them reissued in a new order that was arranged chronologically rather than by date of publication. [/end nerd spiel]

  4. First time to your site. I'll be back. I have read some C. S. Lewis. A couple of his christian writings as well as a few of the Narnia books. He was an interesting guy. He interacted with Tolkien if I remember. How familiar are you with him?


  5. Jason: I thought so, just wasn't sure :P.

    Rick: I would say I'm moderately familiar with C.S. Lewis. I probably know more about Tolkien. I haven't had the opportunity to read all of Lewis's work as of yet.

    And he did interact with Tolkien fairly regular. He and Tolkien were part of a sort of "critique" group called The Inklings, which featured a couple other writers as well who eventually became published (Charles Williams, for example, who published several novels before passing in 1945). Don't read the wiki article for the Inklings. It's so blatantly wrong it's disturbing. In fact, it really irritates me to no end how much that site ruins information...and so many people are educated on it...gah.

  6. Thanks for the info. I'll stay away from it. It sounds like you are up on Lewis. I enjoyed the Narnia recent movies too. They too have christian references. I enjoyed them. I'm working on a new web site. Once I "find my voice I'll send you a link. Until then I' anonymous LOL.

  7. I enjoyed the movies quite a bit too, actually (the second one more so). I like Lewis, although not necessarily because of the Christian references, but because of the good stories. I want to ride on a giant talking lion!