During last week’s blog tour, I spent some time reading through Jonathan Roger’s blog, and I stumbled across a post discussing least favorite Narnia books. The responses intrigued me, because it seemed that by far, The Last Battle came in as top contender for least favorite of the series.
Of course, everyone had different reasons, but two of the most common were the grim nature of the story (for much of the time, things go from bad to worse) and, surprising to me, the fact that the book deals with infinity. Several people mentioned a dislike of thinking on or reading about eternity–that it unsettles them in an unpleasant way. Thus the dislike of the tale, which is intimately concerned with the end of the old Narnia and the beginning of the new Narnia which stretches into eternity.
Needless to say, these results stirred some thoughts of my own, but also a great curiosity regarding what others have to say on these subjects. So I have some questions for you.
Did you enjoy The Last Battle? If so, why? If not, why? Do you have a favorite/least favorite Narnia title?
Does fiction dealing with eternity put you off? Does the idea of eternity intimidate you or intrigue you? Is there value in fiction exploring this aspect of life?
I’m very interested to hear your thoughts on these matters, so I hope you share. I’ll be chiming in with my own thoughts later on in the comments or in a subsequent post.