Can Narnia have faults?

18 02 2010

I’ve been re-listening to my old Narnia audio books lately (and realising I still know them word for word!), but a few things have struck me while listening, and it struck me, can such respected literature have plot faults?

In The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, the second time Lucy goes into the wardrobe, she is followed a couple of minutes later by Edmund. Now we’re told that no matter how much time one spends in Narnia, it never takes up any of “our time”. Therefore, should Lucy not have come back out of the wardrobe before Edmund had the chance to get in? That could have changed the entire plot!

In Prince Caspian, Professor Kirk tells the children that they can’t get to Narnia the same way twice. However, in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Lucy goes through the wardrobe to Narnia no less than three times!

Also, whenever the children go back to “our world” they always end up in the clothes they were wearing when they went into Narnia, however, when they head back to Narnia, they don’t suddenly change clothes to whatever they were last wearing there!

On a completely different note, this is the first time I’ve listened to the Chronicles in Narnia in quite a long time (I’ve seen the films – not as good, and it’s a good while since I read the books too) and I’m just picking up so much more from them. They are fantastic as children’s books, but they just teach so much about God too! I bought a little book a couple of years back going into the biblical links in Narnia but I never got past The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe… I may well go back to it and see what else I’ve been missing!

I’m hoping I won’t find any more points to irritate me, so I’ll publish this post now, and hope that I don’t need to do a sequel!



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