Re: All Narnia and no Space Trilogy? Really?
C.S. Lewis is a master poet of prose, and his greatest strength is clarity despite what voice he uses. Like Tolkien, Lewis is wonderful to read because of his word alchemy--he is in love with (or at war with) every word he uses in addition with the other elements of a good story. No dead idioms to decay these worlds! But Narnia is not a children’s book only. Lewis himself said, (and I’m paraphrasing [and probably poorly]) that he wrote for adults, having merely chiseled away the parts that children wouldn’t like. Narnia is cold water in the desert, and no age would scorn that. The Space Trilogy is strong beer and cold beef—most children and many adults would find it unpleasant, but it is good (and varied)strong beer, broccoli, and red beef! Each different--but good together. Till We Have Faces is fine, aged wine and tart fruit, the bread of Ezekiel (healthy—but coarse), and rare cheese—it is something new from something old, and not suited to the tastes of children. On any other day (when not overdue for lunch) I would compare these works to flowers, because of their beauty. But they are each flavors to be tasted for various reasons and appreciated best under varied circumstances.
Why not the Space Trilogy? With the popularity of the Narnia books, these movies have a better chance for success, and I’ve heard (with my own ears at an event he spoke at) that Douglas Gresham would like to create a film out of all of Lewis’ work, though he mentioned the difficulty of filming a family-suitable version of Perelandra, a story where the protagonists are without clothing through most of the story.
...the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. --Gen. 6:1