Excited. Elated. Adventurous. These are words that describe how I felt when it was announced today that The Silver Chair will finally be a movie.
Many would call C.S. Lewis a great lay theologian. But perhaps the most impressive part of his repertoire is that his best theology is and always was expressed through children’s literature.
Book adaptations are funny things. They can either drive you to love the book and the story even more, or they can ruin the entire experience for you. They’ve also become much more popular in Hollywood in the past few years. Examples of this just in the past year or two include The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, The Fault in Our Stars, The Moral Instruments: City of Bones, Divergent, The Hobbit, and The Giver, just to name a few. The quality of adaptations in the past few years has been varied and unpredictable, so here is a list of some our favorite, and not-so-favorite, book adaptations to come to the big screen.
It’s hard to imagine that most writers want their career-defining work to be a series of children’s books, but C.S. Lewis’s staple children’s book is more than good bedtime material. It’s the most clever Christian allegory since Pilgrim’s Progress.