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The Problem of Susan- Always a Queen of Narnia?

Spoilers- The Chronicles of Narnia

When I was child I adored The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe I had a paperback copy of the story which had been read and re-read so many times the pages and cover was coming away.

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Then for Christmas one year I was given a VHS copy of the BBC adaptation and watched it over and over. There was and still is something magical about Narnia under the reign of the White Witch, a place where it is always Winter never Christmas and the four Pevensie children who happen across Narnia all thanks to a magical wardrobe.

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The tale revolved around Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy but for me Susan was my child hood heroine, she was the oldest girl (like me) and shot a bow and arrow which lets be honest is pretty bad ass. But my adventures with the Pevensie children ended after the third book in the seven book series The Voyage of The Dawn Treader. This I thought was to be the children’s last adventure but never the less it was mine. I don’t remember why I never ‘returned’ to Narnia all I know is that with nostalgic love the stories have stayed with me and now in my twenties I still think of them with the same great affection.

Last night The Voyage of The Dawn Treader was on TV and so sparked a conversation that will change my opinion of C.S Lewis, Narnia, Susan and the other Pevensie children forever.

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My friends and I were watching the (2010) film when one of them piped up and said “shame how the book series ended” leaving me gaping wiped eyed desperate for answers. She went on to explain that three of the Pevensie children die in a train crash and upon their deaths return to Narnia. She went on further to explain that Susan does not die and does not return to Narnia, having ‘turned her back on the world and is said to no longer be friend of Narnia’.

I have only read the first three books so I find it hard to form a opinion on what happened to Susan but since last night and the revelation that my childhood heroine was rejected from a world where it was promised she would always be a Queen I have struggled to except her end.

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When researching Susan briefly last night I found this quote from J.K Rowling regarding her fate-

 “There comes a point where Susan, who was the older girl, is lost to Narnia because she becomes interested in lipstick. She’s become irreligious basically because she found sex. I have a big problem with that.”

After finding comments on Susan from J.K Rowling, Neil Gaiman (check out Neil Gaiman’s short story Here) and numerous other authors I have decided to explore Narnia and The Problem with Susan  more. Reading all seven of the books this time, I have also decided to read them chronologically ending of course with The Last Battle. I am hoping to discover Narnia once more but most importantly discover Susan and find out what happened to her.

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I read somewhere last night that this is truly the first time an author  has turned their back on their own character. I don’t know if C.S Lewis turned his back on Susan but I intend to find out. My Susan Challenge begins now!

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Top 5 Wednesday – Tropes I hate!

Hey guys!

Yes it’s Wednesday and you know what that means it’s time for another Top 5 Wednesday a weekly post hosted by gingerreadslainey a fabulous Vlogger over on Youtube.. Here are my top 5 I’d love to hear some of yours as well.

  1. Lack of parents/Guardians in YA novels.

Okay so I am mainly looking at you YA! What is wrong with all the parents in YA novels? Hello these books are about teenagers, I’m a twenty something now but when I was sixteen/seventeen I had parents, I had rules. A lot of the time (not all the time) YA books skip over the fact that the main protagonist might have to be home by a certain time or might actually have to tell their parent  who the  creepy dude with sparkly skin is. They were wondering why he was loitering in the drive way. Alot of the time parents in YA get in the way and stop the story moving forward so they are just erased, or become bad parents for the ease of the plot. Just saying.

Main offenders for me – Obviously Twilight.

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I know what you’re going to say, but Bella has parents she’s got Charlie, and that flighty Mum of hers. Charlie though, really? Lets face it he was pretty much useless. His teenage daughter ran off with a vampire, married said vampire and got pregnant. And it all happened since she came and lived her Dad, I’m not rating those parenting skills Charlie boy. All the while the mother (name forgotten )was off with that baseball player. Twilight = parenting minefield.

Other offenders-

The Mortal instruments City of Bones – I love this series but Clary’s mum is unconscious before we even know what a Shadow Hunter is.

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2. Insta Love

Oh god Insta Love. He looked into her eyes and Bam. Oh please. Next!!

Offenders-

Twilight (again sorry)

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Halo (Book 1)

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3.Love triangles

Now I’m not completely against a good love triangle if it’s done well then great I’m all for it but what I hate is knowing from the very beginning who this chick/chico is going to choose. Wading my way through a series (just in case) or because an unfinished series is, lets face it the devil. Only to find out that I knew the answer – Chapter 1 Book 1. Don’t waste my time people, I liked to be kept guessing.

Offender- The Selection

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4. Every man who comes in contact with female protagonist falls in love with her/obsessed with her/insanely attracted to her.

Twilight again, is an obvious example and so is the Fifty Shades series but then it  is Twilight fan fiction so whatever. I like to call this the Bella Swan effect. When a girl who thinks she is so plain (Blah Blah) has every man in the story falling for her, it’s boring. Next!

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5.The Manic Pixie Dream Girl.

A perfect example of the manic pixie dream girl is Lux Lisbon from The Virgin Suicides, now I didn’t really like this book but that’s not the point. A MPDG is a normally quirky beautiful girl who only exists to show the male protagonist his way or teach him a valuable lesson.

There I books out there that use a MPDG that I do like because the pixie is a fleshed out character and not just a plot device. (I’m looking at you Perks of Being a Wallflower)

For the most part though women in books who have just been written to teach the male protagonist a lesson not my thing.

Offender – The Virgin Suicides

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Like a Virgin – Review

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Like a Virgin is Play by Gordon Steel – The story is about two teens Angela and Maxine and their eternal struggle to become pop stars. With the bumble gum fluff of their daily life comes a dash of hard hitting reality in the shape of Angela’s depressed mother Viv who has never recovered from her husband leaving her.

Viv hasn’t been much of a mother to Angela since Ken left but is forced to face her responsibilities when Angela is diagnosed with Leukemia.

This play is so much fun, Angela and Maxine are such a great representation of what best friends can be and Maxine provides so much self absorbed, teenage,very female humor.

Like a Virgin is a funny, sad, tragic tale about what it means to be a young girl, let down and what it really means lose everything.

Paint and Butterflies rating butterflies  butterflies  butterflies butterflies out of 5 Butterflies paint

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The Likeness by Tana French – Review

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Author – Tana French

Publisher-  Hodder and Stoughton (2008)

Genre – Crime  

Number in series – 2# (Dublin Murder Squad)

The Likeness is the second book in Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series the first book In The Woods I have previously reviewed in this blog click here to check it out – Click Here

The book follows Detective Cassie Maddox still traumatized from the events in book one and trying to enjoy an easier life away from the Murder Squad; she is dragged back into the life she left behind when a young woman is murdered. The victim is not just another murder victim for Cassie though, the girl is Cassie’s exact doppelganger.

This is about as much as I can tell you with out get  all ‘spoiler-y’ so –

I am really starting to enjoy Tana French’s writing style she is a really suck you in and keep you kind of writer which I love, as far as I can tell the Murder Squad series focus’ on a new detective each book  which I am really starting to enjoy. Characters like our main girl Cassie who were secondary in book one but totally lovable get a whole book of their own in book two which is great. Book three is staring Frank Cassie’s boss who is witty and a right git so I am really excited to pick up book three.

Over all The Likeness was a good read but it wasn’t quite as good as book one and I’m only human so comparisons are inevitable. The Likeness is full of humor and relationships and a really tangled web which was really interesting to watch Cassie untangle.

For me though it was a little but longer than it needed to be and I guessed the killer and let me tell you I am no Sherlock Holmes! ;-p

Over all it was a good solid read and part of a series that I have every interest of continuing with.

Paint and Butterflies rating – butterflies  butterflies  butterflies  out of 5 Butterflies paint

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A to Z Bookish Survey Tag

A to Z Bookish Survey

Welcome to my first ever Tag! I decide to go ahead and give it ago after seeing the Tag on The Girl Who Read Too Much. I love reading other peoples Tag’s so I hope you enjoy mine…

A: Author you’ve read the most books from- 

I’m not really the type of reader who goes back to the same author again and again and I’m not even that great at continuing on with a series which is a great way to get through the back catalogue of one particular author. But thanks to my completely guilt free love of The Mortal instruments series/The Internal Devices Cassandra Clare is way up there closely followed by Jane Austen.

B: Best sequel ever

.Tough question, probably Up to Me by M. Leighton


C: Currently reading

The Likeness by Tana French

D: Drink of choice while reading

Tea, no sugar ta’ :-)

E: E-reader or physical book

I know that Bloggers and Vloggers love to debate over this Ebook of physical copy I think it’s just personal preference. For me I prefer for have the physical book to have something tangible to hold in my hand to go ‘ga ga’ over the cover (or not as the case may be). The smell, for me having a actual book in my hand is part of the whole reading experience.

F: Fictional character you probably would’ve dated in high school

Depressing but true- Ron Wesley

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G: Glad you gave this book a chance

.The Perks of Being a Wallflower I love this book it’s so beautifully written this book is definitely on my must re-read pile. Ja’dore!

H: A hidden gem book

A Summer in February by Jonathan I try and mention this book as much as possible because I just don’t think enough people have read it. It’s probably my all time fave. It’s tragic and beautiful and full of drama what more could you want?!

I: Important moment in your reading life

Reading P.S I Love You was a really important moment in my reading life I think I was about eighteen and it was the first book ever that had made me both laugh and cry. I always remember thinking how powerful that book was it’s definitely a book I will love forever and one I recommend constantly. (Movie did not do it justice!)

J: Just finished

The Martian by Any Weir – Gave it 3/5 Goodreads stars.

K: Kinds of books you won’t read

Scary books so Horror, and I don’t read a lot of non-fiction.

L: Longest book you’ve ever read

Three come to mind I’m not sure which is the Longest- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, The Order of the Phonix by J.K Rowling and and Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.

M: Major book hangover because of

Easy, Me Before You by Jo Jo Moyes- Heart break hotel that one.

N: Number of bookcases you own

One. I’m now entering book over flow central need to consider purchasing more book space soon.

O: One book you’ve read multiple times

A Summer in February by Jonathan Smith.

P: Preferred place to read

Bedroom/Bed.

Q: Quote that inspires you or gives you all the feels

“I’ve learned that home isn’t a place, it’s a feeling

– Ceceila Ahern, Love Rosie

R: Reading regret

I want to say Twilight but I have no regrets…

S: Series that you’ve started and need to finish

Loads, I always dip off half way through a series but series that I actually care about finishing are-

Game of Thrones – George R.R Martin

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare book (5/6)

Book 2 and 3 of The Angel Fall Series by Susan Ee

There are so many I very rarely get passed book 1 in a series.

T: Three of your all time favorite books

Always difficult to choose just three because my favourite books change all the time but the first that come to mind are-

Pride and Prejuidice – Jane Austen

You had me at Hello – Mhairi Mcfarlane

Me Before You – Jo Jo Moyes

(and because I couldn’t just have three) Summer in February – Jonathan Smith

U: Unapologetic fan girl for

Me Before You By Jo Jo Moyes love this book, read it in a day.

V: Very excited for this release

After You by JoJo Moyes sequel to Me Before You.

W: Worst bookish habit

Reading in the bath it destroys my paper backs.

X: X marks the spot pick the 27 book on your shelf

The Portable Door by Tom Holt I am actually yet to read this.

Y: Your latest book purchase

Just bought this after seeing the BBC adaptation and it was brilliant Stonemouth by Iain Banks.Stonemouth 2

Z: ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late)

Love Rosie By Cecelia Ahern such a cute and unusually written story

Will and Lou at their adorable best.

Me Before You – Movie Up Date

Anyone who follows my blog knows that I love the book Me Before by JoJo Moyes and as promised here are some updates ( in picture form ) from the up coming film. To check out my original review just click here – https://goo.gl/EIF577

New picture of Lou and Patrick

New picture of Lou and Patrick

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Any Home and Away fans may spot Brax pushing Will’s luggage here as Nathan. Great casting choice for the trio and it will be really interesting to see how the film develops.

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Will and Lou at their adorable best.

Will and Lou at their adorable best.

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The first look at Lou wearing the notorious yellow tights and clutching Will’s letter (my heart just broke a little.) For more Me Before You up dates keep checking back and I will do my best to keep you updated. The sequel After You  is due to be released in September 24th, can’t wait.

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Books that I come back to again and again…

I have been hearing a lot recently about books that have made a big impact on us, books that means somethings too us and books we come back to again and again and one name I keep hearing again and again is Harry Potter. Now, I have seen the films and I guess when I was growing up I somehow missed the Harry Potter boat but after hearing what I was missing out on I decided to read the books which before you start guys yes I loved. But this isn’t about what everyone else loves I wanted write about the books that have stayed with me throughout my life and the ones I want to go back to again.

Goosebumps by R.L Stine

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I remember being a child and loving the Goosebumps books scaring my self silly and thumbing the pages again and again. If for some Harry Potter ignited there love of reading the Goosebumps series definitely helped my fire grow into a roaring blaze.

P.S I Love You by Cecila Ahern

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 I love, love, love this novel which I later found out was Ceceila Ahern’s debut written at the age of twenty-one. It is the story of Holly and Gerry two people who were just meant for each other that is until Gerry dies of cancer (not a spoiler), and the series of love letters he leaves behind.  This book is the first book I ever read where I both laughed and cried and I mean real sobbing; it’s beautiful and is still (it has been some years since I first read it) the first book I recommend to people who are after a romance. When the movie came out (sigh) and I know it happens to all of us when our favourite books are adapted into movies but Hilary Swank was just not how I picture Holly and to top it off my favourite, belly laugh moment and tear jerker moment had both been cut from the movie. All I’m saying guys is that the film does not do the book justice read it trust me it will stay with you forever.

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Hilary Swank as Holly

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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My favourite of all Austen’s novel but for me it was the character of Elizabeth Bennett who stayed with me- a strong, independent and free willed woman she is one of my favourite fictional women of all time. I couldn’t mention Pride and prejudice with out at least mentioning Mr Darcy (sigh) I love a good Austen adaptation as much as the next gal but Mathew McFadden will always be Darcy too me. (Sorry Colin)

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Elizabeth and Mr Darcy (2005)

You Had Me At Hello

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This book is a classic case of the blurb does not do it justice and I fear I won’t be able to either but the feels guys oh the feels… You Had Me at Hello is about two best friends who meet at university (boy/girl situation you know the deal) anyway in their last days of university there is some mis-communication leading them to lead very separate lives. Ten years later they are reunited… The story is told in both the past and the present leading up to what separates them and the now. I have read this book so many times, every time my heart is broken and every time I come back for me. It’s probably my favourite contemporary romance novel of all time.

Summer in February by Jonathan Smith

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One of things I love about Summer in February is that it is a true story adapted by Jonathan Smith from the diaries of the main character Captain Gilbert Evans. The book follows a famous colony of artists which included A.J Munnings and Laura and Harold Night. This tragic tale follows the love triangle between A.J Munnings, Captain Evans and A.J’s wife Florence. The books is full of love and art and tragedy and whats more it all true. It been adapted to film starring Dan Stevens and Emily Browning.

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 Gilbert and Florence A Summer in February 

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

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I have only just read and reviews this book so I don’t want to go on about it too much. The reason Me Before You makes it onto this list is that it has stayed with me every where I go Me Before You is in the back of my mind and every time I try to start something new I put it down again because nothing compares to the world I have left behind. Me Before You = Book Hang over.

These are all books that either mean something to me or have stayed with me over time I would love to hear about yours. x