Saturday, January 25, 2014

Where did January go??

Can you believe the weather?  It's been a long time since the weather has been this bad! Things are going well at the library...the Teen Book Jeapordy night is almost here and the Teen Advisory Board members have been hard at work to create some great questions. I mean answers! 

We have excellent prizes, delicious snacks and it will be a extremely fun and awesome opportunity to test your knowledge!!


What do you know about Amulet?

Think you know everything about The Hunger Games?  Hmmm....

Join us for a truly great eveninig & test your skills!!!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

tLtWatW - A good surprise!


*Note. While the following review is spoiler-free, it contains mentions of many plot elements in the book. I know most won't mind, but you can never be too careful.*
Everyone knows the story of The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe. Whether it was the book, the movie, an internet synopsis, etc., everybody has heard the story at least once.

But, while most people know that The Lion, The War- you know what, (that's too hard to remember. Let's just call it tLtWatW.) While many know that book did so well it spawned numerous sequels, what most people don't know is that tLtWatW is actually a sequel to a previous Narnia book called "The Magicians Nephew".

Quite the curious thing...

So, why would Disney make a movie about a book sequel and not one about the original?
The Magician's Nephew is a very interesting book. While most fantasy books (Including tLtWatW) focus on a war story, and have very cliche elements, The Magician's Nephew sets the stage for the following entries in the series, and does so in a very clever manner. While most people think it's better to read all books in order of numbering, whole idea of tLtWatW becoming a movie and not The Magician's Nephew is a great idea.

When people see a movie, they naturally want to read the books based on the movie. If you read Narnia book 1 first, you know quite well what's going to happen in the sequel. Watching tLtWatW first, then reading The Magician's Nephew is much better because you have no idea what's going to happen. One of my favorite plot points involves one of the characters breaking off a piece of a lamp post in the real world. When this character later goes to Narnia, she hits Aslan with the lamp post piece, which causes Aslan to make a new lamp post out of the ground.
This is the same lamp post where Lucy meets Mr. Tumnus in tLtWatW. Neat, huh?

There are so many other things like this that it would be impossible list them all without spoiling the story. The bottom line is, Watch The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, then read The Magician's Nephew. Trust me, it's a much more satisfying experience, and one of the most clever ideas I've seen in a book-movie adaptation. tLtWatW is great, and so is The Magician's Nephew. When seen in this specific order, the end result is an amazing experience that even the most reluctant reader will enjoy!!
+ Intriguing Story
+ Nicely Drawn Illustrations
+ Ties in great with the movie adaptation
- You need to see the movie to get the most enjoyment out of it.
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