Abie Dee

Abie Dee

An undergraduate with much to say about anything & everything— especially relating to film & literature— with an added layer of psychological and philosophical deb

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    Narnia Versus Fillory: Compare, Contrast, Critique?

    Lev Grossman, author of The Magician’s trilogy, has stated that in the series— which is also clear as day for readers— he recreates a version of C.S. Lewis’ world, Narnia. Many readers grew angry, believing that Grossman was not creative enough to create his own world. However, the author expresses (in multiple interviews) that he’s trying to create a grown up version of Narnia, as he himself grew up loving the series.

    Additionally, Grossman further expounds that he intended to integrate the magician aspect of the beloved Harry Potter series into his books.

    For those who have not read The Magicians, the series circulates around Quentin Coldwater, an eighteen-year-old who discovers magic after finding Brakebills, a school for magicians. Quentin was obsessed with the fantastical Fillory books— Grossman’s version of the Narnia books— and soon learns that Fillory is, in fact, real.

    Grossman references and creates allusions to the pop-culture works of Tolkien, George R.R. Martin, Rowling, Lewis and many more throughout the series.

    With all of that said, I think a real discussion and comparison of every allusion/reference to Lewis throughout The Magicians trilogy would be interesting in opening up an in-depth conversation. Not only would this help readers see that Grossman is not plagiarizing, but it would display specifically how Grossman took Narnia (and Harry Potter) and made such a captivating grown-up version.

    To conclude, I’ll leave with a comment made by the New York Times, “if the Narnia books were like catnip for a certain kind of kid, these books are like crack for a certain kind of adult.”

    • This would be a very interesting article. However, I don't think all of the books should be compared/contrasted. Maybe just The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, and The Dawn Treader, as those already have their own film adaptations. – OkaNaimo0819 2 months ago
    • I definitely agree! It would be tedious to do one book alone, and so I welcome any discussion about similarities, parallels, critiques on how it could have been improved in either series, etc. (: Thank you for adding that. – Abie Dee 2 months ago
    • I feel like you could focus on the religious politics as well. CS Lewis, of course, was a Christian writer and wrote many Christian themes into the Narnia series. It could be said, as well, that Harry Potter has some Christian themes, albeit less obvious ones. Yet, judging by Lev Grossman's name he's almost certainly Jewish. It might be really interesting to explore how the different religious backgrounds of the authors impact the stories they tell. – Debs 2 months ago
    • LOVE this topic! – Stephanie M. 2 months ago

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    Abie Dee

    As a whole, there’s so much to say. That being said, I haven’t seen all of them, and like you, I did not watch them through and through. Season one of Punisher was good, but the other two seasons were more of the same. I agree that the shows, Daredevil aside, did not maintain the strength of their beginnings/first seasons. Also, quite a few close friends and relatives have all reported that Punisher and Luke Cage both had decent first seasons, but were poorly executed. With that, they recommended I end at season one of those. I wanted to keep with Punisher since I do like him, especially in the comics, but again, I’m not sure it was worth it. I have yet to watch Iron Fist and Luke Cage. Again, Jessica Jones, was pretty well done compared to the rest. Daredevil still being far better executed. I’ve been wanting to watch The Defenders since season one of Jessica Jones, but I have a hard time going into it without watching Luke Cage and Iron Fist first.
    Maybe that’s a silly approach, but it’s just how I justify it, I suppose.

    Daredevil: Season Three Was An Incredible Ending To An Incredible Show
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    This past semester at my university, I took a course on YA fiction, and we discussed many themes throughout the genre, from discussions like this one, to the maturity of the narrator/lead character being greater than the character’s own age.
    The YA genre is definitely flawed, but starting to improve.
    I love that Hermione was mentioned, as she is a golden star among many of the other females in YA literature. Additionally, I’m glad Tris from Divergent was “called out” as her character never develops a second or third dimension.
    I have to say I am often saddened by the “need” to include a love interest. As great as love stories can be, they themselves can be quite monotonous in the sense that the story typically revolves around the same exact plot. It is always a slight variation of girl meets boy, and he’s either a “bad boy” or he’s a jerk who ends up being redeemed by his relationship with the girl. In the case of the guy being in the wrong crowd, there is- quite consistently- a subplot of putting the girl in danger, her not caring which is then followed by the love interest pushing her away despite his love for her, and then there’s a resolution and they live somewhat happily ever after.

    Well written article! I enjoyed this a lot. Thank you(:

    YA Novels and their Modern Leading Ladies
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    I am curious, and if I may ask, what did you think of the other Marvel shows that Netflix made?

    Daredevil: Season Three Was An Incredible Ending To An Incredible Show
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    A perfect analysis of Daredevil.

    Daredevil was the only Netflix made Marvel show that I loved through and through. Punisher lost most of its viewers after season one, and Jessica Jones was a mixed bag once season two began. However, I will say the final season of Jessica Jones had some good components. I’d love to see another article like this, or even write one about Jessica Jones.

    This article is absolutely spot-on.

    As for the final episode, and with Bullseye, I personally believe the show was concluded perfectly. Something all superhero/comic fanatics know is that the “fight” never ends. There’s always going to be something and someone else to face. While the show runners had some sort of plan for a fourth season, I’m happy it ended the way it did. Dex’s character development reminded me of why villains- and their stories– are just as important, demanding careful thought for the perfect execution.

    Additionally, thank you, Sean Gadus, for taking the time to write this. Your article is eloquent, thorough, and overall- stunning.

    Daredevil: Season Three Was An Incredible Ending To An Incredible Show
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    As I read this, I thought of Luca Guadagnino’s remake of the horror movie “Suspiria” and how this adaptation applies not only to book that become movies, but also movies that get remade. When the movie had first come out, I recall reading an interview with Guadagnino and Tilda Swinton. I wish I could find the exact interview, but I remember they said that the movie was not meant to be a remake, but rather a reimagined version of the original 1977 film.

    I believe that’s a perfect and simple way to describe adaptations. As stated above, it truly is subjective. In every aspect.

    That being said, I definitely do not like most film adaptations of my favorite books, but I believe that’s due to the way I had initially imagined everything. There’s a sort of aesthetic beauty in writing that simply cannot be conveyed into a single, somewhat “universal” visual.

    There’s another wonderful movie that focuses on that difference- “Words and Pictures” which was released in 2013.

    To get back on track, I am one who will go out of the way to watch an adaptation of a book. For example, I just finished Lev Grossman’s, “The Magicians” trilogy, and I’m excited to see the show. Though I know it will be no match for Grossman’s writing, I’m intrigued.

    Maybe another large aspect of book to film adaptations is that, as an audience, we fall in love with a story so much that we want more. When we want more, we can read every book by that author, we can scour the genre, or related titles, but when a movie comes out, there’s a chance to see that story in a new light. It may be disappointing, but I personally believe that whether or not you enjoyed the adaptation, it is undeniable that you enjoyed the experience of being able to relive the story. If not visually, then in your head, while you wrestled with the director’s choices, shaking your head or wishing they’d done something differently. It’s entertaining at the very least.

    All in all, I loved reading this article, and seeing all of the possible discussions that can flow in endless directions…

    The Art of Adaptation: From Book to Film