rushthatspeaks: (sparklepony only wants to read)
[personal profile] rushthatspeaks
to notice that Edmund's arc in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is an in some ways perfectly straightforward retelling of Kay's arc in 'The Snow Queen'. In other ways not so straightforward, and Gerda doesn't come into it at all, because Aslan, but the beginning and middle of the fairytale are spot-on.

Date: 2017-04-20 03:48 am (UTC)
yhlee: snowflake (StoryNexus: snowflake)
From: [personal profile] yhlee
Huh. That is an excellent point! I hadn't noted that either.

(I wouldn't have caught it anyway because I read "The Snow Queen" after The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.)

Meanwhile, after we read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe for class in 3rd grade, the teacher brought in Turkish Delight for the class. I was the only one in the class to refuse to eat any because I was so terrified. It wasn't until years later, visiting Greece, that I chinned up and bought a box of Turkish Delight in some confectionary to try...and then I discovered I didn't even like it. :p

Date: 2017-04-21 12:37 am (UTC)
asakiyume: (miroku)
From: [personal profile] asakiyume
I get the bewitched by a beautiful snow woman aspect, and he is delivered from the enchantment, but I feel the differences outweigh the similarities. Edmund starts out cranky and full of resentments, whereas Kay starts out loving and good-natured, and only changes when he gets the mirror splinters in his eye and heart. Kay is off stage for a huge chunk of The Snow Queen, whereas Edmund is active all the time, first doing various betrayals and then fighting on his siblings' and Aslan's side. Also, the part about Gerda seems really big ... she's indefatigable, but she's also super vulnerable and weak, so that the only way she succeeds is through the aid of all sorts of outsiders--but those outsiders do aid her, because of her good heart, which is part of Andersen's whole point, I suspect. Whereas we know what point Lewis was making with Edmund's rescue...

Date: 2017-04-21 02:02 am (UTC)
landofnowhere: (Default)
From: [personal profile] landofnowhere
Yes, and yet the underlying ideas that the authors have about gender roles and puberty and how it corrupts/changes people are rather different.

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