It’s Not All About Narnia

“Hey Marissa, what day does Dawn Treader come out?”

This wasn’t a real question.  My friend knew that I know exactly what day The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is coming out.  She knew that I know who the stars will be, and a little bit about what they’ll be wearing and how they’ll be speaking.  She probably knew that I know that names of the director, the costume designer, and the person orchestrating the score.

At least she hadn’t asked if I knew when the trailer was coming out.  I knew what day and time the trailer was coming out and where I could access it.  I knew what movie it would be attached to, if I had wanted to see it on the big screen.  But admitting that would just be embarrassing.

“You know that I know,” I answered.

“When?” she asked again.

I sighed.

“December 10, 2010.”

It’s not really a secret that I absolutely love the Chronicles of Narnia.  C.S. Lewis is one of my most favorite authors of all time, and one of my top picks for that icebreaker question about what person, living or dead, you would most like to have a conversation with.

From what I can tell, he was a great man of God and a wonderful communicator and storyteller.  I’ve often found myself wanting to quote an entire chapter of one of his books, Mere Christianity, on my blog, and I’m looking forward to reading the others he has written.

The six stories in the Chronicles of Narnia, his famous series, are some of my most favorite of all time.  I still giggle when I read one of the first Narnians created saying “I disagree.  I disagree most strongly!” for the umpteenth time.  Sometimes I say things like “it hurt like billy-oh,” which is actually a Dawn Treader reference.

But most of all, I love how the stories teach the reader about God in a creative and new way.  Each book is filled with little parallels to my relationship with Christ, and not just in the outstanding example of Aslan dying in Edmund’s place in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.

So what’s my excuse for getting what some may call “overly excited” about the movies?

Well, the new movies (I can’t comment on the BBC ones because I haven’t seen all of them) have done a great job of sharing the story of Narnia with a new generation.  There are a few exceptions where the movie deviates in a seemingly unnecessary way from the original plot line, though I understand that the moviemakers may have to do a little extra to draw the viewers into the story.  I also really like how Douglas Gresham, C.S. Lewis’ stepson, has had a role in the filmmaking.

After I saw the movies, especially after Prince Caspian, I wanted to know more.  This often happens when I see movies- I want to know how it was made, who was behind it, etc.  And as I learned more about the people behind Narnia, I discovered such a hardworking group of people that I developed quite the appreciation for them.  Besides, some of the things that they got to do were just cool.  The “Narnian” beach that the Pevensie children first arrive on in “Prince Caspian,” for example, almost never has guests- the cast and crew got special permission to be there for the filming.

Well, once I’d learned all of these names and entirely random facts, I was fascinated.  And when I learned that they were making The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (my favorite of the Chronicles) into a movie, I was very, very excited, to say the absolute least.

And so we come to where we are: a very excited young lady eagerly wanting to spread the news that a favorite movie is finally coming out SOON (well, in five months.  It’s less of a wait than it was in 2008.)

There are two reasons that a trailer coming out is a good enough reason to write a spontaneous blog post.

1.) I wanted to explain myself.  A lot of people get the news that I’m excited about this movie and that it’s just a weird fact about me, so I suppose I wanted to clear up why I’m looking forward to the film.

2.) I use this blog for the encouragement, growth and accountability of myself and others.  The topic here is selfishness.

I like to share.  That’s why I’m a blogger.  I like to share exciting, pertinent, and/or unusual information.  That’s why I’m a journalist.  But in both instances, it’s something that actually helps the reader.  People might read an article about something going on because they want to stay updated.  People might read my blog for a bit of encouragement or a challenge.

As far as I can recall, no one has ever come up to me and begged for information on the next Narnia film or asked me what the actor who plays my favorite character has been up to.  I could still go on for quite some time about all that interests me about these movies, outside of the Biblical parallels, and no one really cares or needs to know.  They might not even want to know.

I’m truly sorry to everyone who I’ve bothered with my overexcitement, or for any time that I’ve been more focused on my latest bit of news than on you or something important to you.

It’s something that I’ve been trying to work on.  Ask my family and close friends- I’ve been failing a lot.  But I’ve also been improving, at least from my point of view.  I’m not sharing at least half of what I’d like to, but maybe I just know more and am sharing the same amount as I did for other movies.

It’s great to have hobbies, and it’s great to be passionate about things that fascinate us, but those things shouldn’t stand in the way of or aggravate our relationships- they should diversify them.

My greatest downfalls in this area are my enthusiasm for Narnia and my dedication to the proper use of grammar (which I don’t even manage all of the time).  Both can get pretty obnoxious.  Sure, telling people something about the movies to encourage them to see them can be helpful.  Trying to tell them about all of the filming locations, when they don’t want to hear it and it’s not really benefiting them, may be unnecessary.

I do a much better job when it comes to music.  There’s a few types of music that I definitely do not like, and there’s a few artists that I absolutely love.  But I don’t go crazy and tell everyone the birthdays of the artists or play their music every time I talk to someone.  Sharing the music or little details about the bands has actually helped build relationships and helped me learn about other great artists.

We’re not just on this earth for ourselves and our interests.  We’re here for the glory of God, as our primary purpose, but we’re also here to love our neighbors as ourselves.  If I take the effort to take the spotlight off of myself and my “need” to share my interests long enough, I might see a new way to love, support, or encourage someone who really needs it.  I might see a way to show Christ to and love that person.  That is, after all, why I’m here.

Want to see the long-awaited trailer?  Take a look below.