Geek of Narnia

by Danica


an unfashionable or socially inept person
[with adj.] a person with an eccentric devotion to a particular interest

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been in love with the Chronicles of Narnia.

I first read the first book C.S. Lewis wrote from the series—The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe—in primary school, but sometime during high school, I decided I wanted to read the remaining 6 books. I managed to borrow and read all except the seventh book—The Last Battle—from my high school library, and I remember my mum randomly buying books 5 and 6 (The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and The SIlver Chair) for me.

In Year 11, we studied imaginary journeys for English (if I can remember correctly), and I used Voyage of the Dawn Treader as one of my texts for my portfolio. I don’t know why, but I went shopping for a new Chronicles of Narnia book around the time I was making my portfolio. It may just have been that I wanted to buy the other 5 books so I could finally read them again, but in the process, I found a large book that combined the seven. The cover boasted of the recently released movie adaption of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (which features a very handsome Peter Pevensie). (When Prince Caspian the movie came out, this book was re-released with a new cover that featured Prince Caspian (played by the handsome Ben Barnes) instead of the White Witch.)

When I got home the night I watched Prince Caspian, I went online straight away to check when the next movie was to be released. I took note that it was announced on imdb to be coming out in December 2010, but I guess I forgot ’cause when I went to the movies tonight, I was shocked and excited by all the movie posters for Dawn Treader! On the way to our theater, there was a massive poster with Lucy, Edmund and some seemingly random kid. I loudly scoffed, “Who’s he?” and pondered for a moment who the new character in the book was, then I realised, Eustace!

Here’s a photo of him:

Eustace in the 2010 film, "Voyage of the Dawn Treader"

Eustace in the 2010 film, "Voyage of the Dawn Treader"

It really bothered me that Eustace was portrayed by C.S. Lewis as being a grubby, bratty kid, and the actor playing him looked clean and proper. I only hope the kid acts like the Eustace that C.S. Lewis portrays, even if he looks nothing like what I envisioned.

Ate Cathy and Ashley were witnesses to my squeal of delight when we walked into our theater for Life As We Know It and the trailer for Dawn Treader was playing. As soon as I got a clear view of the screen, I just stood there, so as not to take my eyes of the screen. Ate Cathy and Ashley just stood behind me as I watched on. I wanted to turn around and tell them to go find a seat, but that required me to look away. They were standing too far behind me for me to just say it loudly enough above the surround sound.

**Note: Lucy’s actor is obviously older and looks really pretty. For some reason, the White Witch makes an appearance [to Edmund, in particular] at the Island Where Dreams Come True aka Dark Island. From what I saw in the trailer, the sea of lilies looks beautifully dull. I expected it to be brighter since they’re closer to the sun. Pfft. Hollywood. **

Voyage of the Dawn Treader is released on December 9. I’m thinking this movie is a good one for me to finally watch a movie on my own in a theater. But if anybody wants to tag along and accompany me, you’re more than welcome to endure my day of geekiness.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010) – IMDb

[UPDATE 16.11.2010] I made a mistake! The movie actually comes out on December 2. I swear I saw the trailer at Hoyts say the 9th, but Borders emails tell me the 2nd, so I checked the Hoyts website and it says 2nd. A week earlier, woo! [/UPDATE]

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