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09 December 2010 @ 09:31 pm
You better check yourself before you wreck yourself.  
I find the Christians’ perception of the Chronicles of Narnia quite ridiculous. Yes, Lewis saw Aslan as Christ, but anyone who’s studied literature on even a superficial level knows that after a literary work is finished, the author’s original intentions become merely one of the interpretations. Every perception of every reader is just as valid. If that wasn’t the case, art wouldn’t really work.
What I find even more sad is that certain characters claim that the creators of the movies have made a completely Christian product, whether they realize it or not. Well, by that logic, Lewis might have just as easily created a Muslim novel series without realizing or intending to.
Those particular Christians aren’t doing themselves much good by trying to proprietize anything that could even remotely be considered reminiscent of their religion. Guys, really, you’re not the only religion in the world, whether you like it or not. A little respect would be nice. Doesn’t help that Fox and Walden are trying to lick their asses to bring in more viewers for the movie, while simultaneously trying to not scare everyone else away by claiming the movie is for everybody. And it should be for everybody, because if other people see Muhammad or Buddha in Aslan, they have every right to do so. Because it’s art, it’s not a news report or encyclopedia. The risk you take as an artist by releasing your metaphors for the world to see is that everyone will decipher them differently, and you don’t get to tell them they’re wrong. Especially after an artistic piece undergoes metamorphoses between different delivery forms. Because, lets face it, movies based on novels are rarely copied to the letter.
I am not, of course, talking about Christianity as a whole (although, I am largely opposed to religion in general), merely its obnoxious representatives that think their vision is the only one possible. Which really is the reason I dislike religion. It has a tendency to think it’s the only thing that could possibly be right. However, I try to give religious people the benefit of the doubt, because I know for fact a lot of them actually have brains. But the ones that think a piece of art can’t possibly have a valid interpretation other than the one that matches their religious views are not worthy of my respect. Sorry guys, Liam Neeson actually does get it. You don’t.
Major Psychotic Fucking Hatreddeadwillwalk on December 14th, 2010 01:00 pm (UTC)
I totally agree with you.
Faiththelibertine on December 14th, 2010 07:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you.