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    Hello! My name is Laura, welcome to my blog! I write weird stories, collect dragon plushies and stay up too late with my nose in a book. I am a wife, mom and child saved by grace. My hope is that you find encouragement here or at least a smile or too.
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  • “Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book that it may be for the time to come forever and ever.”
    ~Isaiah 30:8.

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    We have come from God, and inevitably the myths woven by us, though they contain error, will also reflect a splintered fragment of the true light, the eternal truth that is with God. Indeed only by myth-making, only by becoming 'sub-creator' and inventing stories, can Man aspire to the state of perfection that he knew before the Fall. Our myths may be misguided, but they steer however shakily towards the true harbour, while materialistic 'progress' leads only to a yawning abyss and the Iron Crown of the power of evil.
    ~J.R.R. Tolkien

    "The only just literary critic," he concluded, "is Christ, who admires more than does any man the gifts He Himself has bestowed."
    ~J.R.R. Tolkien

    “Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisioned by the enemy, don't we consider it his duty to escape?. . .If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we're partisans of liberty, then it's our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!”
    ~J.R.R. Tolkien

    "Writers who see by the light of their Christian faith will have, in these times, the sharpest eye for the grotesque, for the perverse, and for the unacceptable. To the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost-blind you draw large and startling figures."
    ~Flannery O'Connor

    You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you. And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.
    ~Arthur Polotnik

    Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.
    ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

    "There are forms of insanity that condemn people to hear voices against their will, but as writers we invite ourselves to hear voices without relinquishing our hold on reality or our right to control."
    ~Writing Fiction by Janet Burroway

    Christians have sometimes been suspicious of stories, because they really can influence you. If you read the Twilight novels once a month for a year, I think you'd be a different human afterward—and not a sparkly one.
    ~Nate Wilson

Voyage of the Dawn Treader — Personal Review

I say Voyage of the Dawn Treader this past weekend and was blown away.  Though different from the book in many ways it was a fantastic Narnian film worth seeing.  The story, the characters, the world, and the Dawn Treader herself were incredible on the big screen.  The set builders, special effects people and designers out did themselves with this movie, everything was magical.    

 

Plot:

The voyage starts out as a quest to find the missing seven lords of Narnia, but soon turns into a quest to save Narnia from an impending evil that is spreading across the Lone Islands.  (I won’t say any more in order to avoid spoilers for those who haven’t seen it.)    

Though different from the book, this new plot worked.  It added to the story, the characters and made for a great film.  Intense, thrilling, adventurous, exciting, suspenseful and completely awesome.               

 

Characters:

I love the way the characters were portrayed.  Edmund and Lucy have grown up a bit since Prince Caspian and Caspian is now King of Narnia.  All are struggling with their own private battles that come to a climax in the film and add depth to each character, making them feel human and relatable to the audience.

As for our all time favorite mouse Reepicheep, he’s gained a few gray whiskers since we last saw him but he’s just as chivalrous and bold as ever.   I love Reep in this film, he’s much more involved and so much fun to watch.  Narnia just wouldn’t be the same without him.

Though his appearance was short, Governor Gumpas was just as sleazy as ever, awesome bad guy.

Coriakin was brilliant.  He’s one of my favorite characters from the book and I was not disappointed with him.       

Last but not least is the character we’ve all been waiting for,  Eustace Clarence Scrubb.  Will Poulter does a fantastic job portraying this brat turned hero.  Hilariously annoying in the beginning, to quite likeable and one of the gang in the end; Eustace was brilliant.  

 

Creatures: 

The sea serpent was amazing.  I love a good, scary creator that the good guys have to fight and this one was awesome.  It was not your average sea serpent, it was way better.

The Dufflepuds were hilarious.  I think Coriakin’s island with the Dufflepuds was one of my favorites in the movie.   They did a fantastic job with them.         

 

Settings:  

I’ve always had a thing for adventure stories on the high seas, sailing from one unknown island to the next.  The world of the Lone Islands and the world on the ship were amazing.

The Dawn Treader was simply beautiful.  Every inch of her was breath-taking and magical.  I really want a ride. 🙂

Dragon Island and Death Water Island were combined (to save film time), and that combination worked out really well.

I loved Narrowhaven.  The part of the story that takes place in Narrowhaven was brilliantly done and one of my favorite parts.

Ramandu’s Island was magical.

Dark Island was awesomely creepy and… well… dark. 😉    

 

Theme:

Faith and learning to except who you are/who you were made to be.  

The theme was very present in this Narnia film, more so then in The Loin the Witch and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian, as least, that’s my opinion anyway.

This was a C.S. Lewis themed story for sure. 

 

Director:

I think Michael Apted should direct the rest of the Narnia movies.  The turnout of a film as a lot to do with the Director and I think Michael Apted did a fantastic job with Dawn Treader, I would really like to see him return to Narnia.    

 

Music:

Five words – I’m totally buying the soundtrack! 😀

 

Book/Movie comparison:

As I’ve said, this movie was very different from the books, all the way to down having a different plot, but it was still the same story, the same Narnia, the same memorable characters.

 

Over all feel:

It felt right, it felt like Narnia, like it should. 

When I go to see I movie basted off one of my favorite books, don’t go to see the book, I go to see the film.  I sometimes get quite annoyed with fans complaining and getting all riled up over changes that are made for a movie basted off a book (Eragon is another matter).  Let’s be realistic for a minute, you can’t take a book and film that, otherwise it would be a very slow and boring movie – that extreemly short – you have to adapt it to film.  Make changes to make it a good film.   

The makers of the Dawn Treader did a fantastic job adapting the book into a film and I can’t wait until it comes out on DvD so I can watch it over and over again.      

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