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 debate.

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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 5 months ago
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    • 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 5 months ago
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    • 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 4 months ago
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    • LOVE this topic! – Stephanie M. 4 months ago
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    Abie Dee

    Stephanie, thank you! I am so glad you were able to understand it well enough. That means I did somewhat of a good job on that end. What are some of your fantasy favorites? I’m genuinely curious now!

    Who Will Be The Next Face of The Marvel Cinematic Universe?
    Abie Dee

    Thank you, Samantha! (:

    Who Will Be The Next Face of The Marvel Cinematic Universe?
    Abie Dee

    Russell,

    I’m so glad you enjoyed the article. It means a lot to me, especially since this is my first.

    My father grew up in Lebanon before moving to the United States and so he and his brothers collected Marvel comics, but they were all in French! Nonetheless, I spent long hours flipping through those colorful foreign pages.

    Having seen both Infinity War and Endgame over ten times each, I cannot keep myself from crying every single time.

    I agree, they ended things pretty beautifully and as you said, true to the comics in some ways. Having this collection now is a really great example for other franchises (*cough cough* DC *cough cough*). Personally, I’ve always preferred Marvel since those were the comics my dad collected, and overall, I like the superheroes a lot more.

    Thanks for taking the time to comment. (:

    Who Will Be The Next Face of The Marvel Cinematic Universe?
    Abie Dee

    Honestly, I have to admit I’m right there with you. As long as Marvel doesn’t try to make Captain America 2.0 a big thing, they can successfully move forward with other, newer characters.

    I doubt they would attempt a second version of Captain America. I have hope that Marvel wasn’t trying to set that up by the passing of Captain’s shield.

    Who Will Be The Next Face of The Marvel Cinematic Universe?
    Abie Dee

    I am definitely looking forward to the next Guardians of the Galaxy for those reasons! Plus, Nebula will be with them, so I’m ready to see more of her character development.!

    Thanks for sharing! (:

    Who Will Be The Next Face of The Marvel Cinematic Universe?
    Abie Dee

    I absolutely agree with you– Marvel would not be playing it safe if they were to gravitate around the parallel universes/alternative timelines. As you said, a lot of bits would fall through the cracks, and I don’t think it would attract newer fans as much. I could be wrong about that, but even though the Marvel fanbase is huge, it is still growing, and that can turn a lot of people away from a good franchise.

    I’d be really interested to see that “cosmic focus” as you had put it. Especially with Guardians of the Galaxy now having Thor in addition to Captain Marvel’s protection throughout the universe. I hope they put a lot of thought and work into the Eternals. That would definitely help move the MCU forward in a steady direction.

    As for bringing in old characters, I suppose that is what I do like about the Disney+ shows. The left-over originals will have their last hits on that platform so that we can see new characters from the comics since there’s just an abundance of amazing heroes and villains to choose from!

    Thank you for commenting, I really enjoyed reading your thoughts! (:

    Who Will Be The Next Face of The Marvel Cinematic Universe?
    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
    Abie Dee

    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