Yesterday I had the privilege of taking part in a “roundtable” interview with several actors and the writers from the movie Prince Caspian. They were very responsive and personable, and we (the press) enjoyed it very much. More on this at a later date.
I forgot to mention in my last report that the movie had been completed only two days before the screening. We were the first group to see it, and this was the first time the actors had seen the entire film.
It’s good to be home typing away on my PC instead of the notebook (laptop) that I do not use very often. During my last Blog entry, I was cut off from the Internet during the middle, and had to re-create much of what I was writing. The Hotel has Internet Service, and I chose the “pay per hour” option, which happened to expire in the middle of my post.
At the end of the book Prince Caspian, Lewis describes the place where the children end up (the same place where they started their adventure) as a “gray, gravelly surface of a platform in a country station… a little flat and dreary for a moment after all they had been through, but also, unexpectedly, nice in its own way, what with the familiar railway smell and the English sky and summer term before them.”
Here I am at home in northern Indiana, back to the reality of everyday life from the almost-fantasy world of New York. I was in the very Central Park where part of Enchanted was filmed, and got to see the actors and writers of Prince Caspian. As a complete novice at this sort of thing, this did have a bit of a fantasy quality. But fantasy-land is not worth visiting without some kind of challenge. (See the end of the article I wrote on Enchanted last November.) And, and as Lewis tried to show, it makes you (or should make you) appreciate the familiar all the more. As Lewis said in “Three Ways of Writing for Children,” fantasy “does not [cause you] to despise real woods because [you have] read of enchanted woods: the reading makes all real woods a little enchanted.”