December 7th, 2005

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Okay, so I ran across my old Hague-illustrated hardback copy of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and curled up to reread it. It's a quick read and didn't take long, but I was surprised by how much I'd forgotten about it. I used to sit down with all my Narnia books and all my L.M. Montgomery books and my Louisa May Alcott books each summer and read them all over the course of a couple of weeks. This would usually be late July, for some reason--when I was really deep into the summer and the hours were getting long and drowsy and pleasant. Maybe early August. But I did that mostly when I was in elementary and middle school--I probably haven't read any of the Narnia books in about ten years. I'm not even really sure where the other six are, sadly.

Anyhoo, my point is that this is the first time I've read the book with the movie in mind--and I can still turn the movie visuals off, so to speak; I think Book!Jadis will always have dark hair to me, if only because I saw the awesome '70s animated version so! many! times!. In fact, I think I was reading the book with the cartoon's voices in my head, and I haven't seen that in about 15 years, I don't think. But I have a huge collection of stills at this point--probably just about every image that's been released--and I started noticing things in the book that I remembered from the stills, rather than the other way around. So here's a little photo essay on why I'm excited about how faithful the movie to which I have Thursday midnight tickets eeeeeeeeeee looks. I mean, I'm sure there will be changes and additions and what-not, but it looks like they're being very faithful in spirit:

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