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Summer Challenge 2016!

Summer Challenge 2016!

Ready or not! Here it comes!

Summer Challenge 2016 starts tomorrow! Over the next two weeks, we will be reading Prince Caspian, just two chapters a day, and posting our reflections on the chapters in the forum. Reflections are whatever reaction you have to what you’ve read — it can be a poem, a short story, a devotional, pictures (bonus points awarded for anyone who sends Elanor comics as part of their reflections!)

You can take a peek at the reading schedule here, and be sure to join in tomorrow as we get started!

The Popularity of The Chronicles of Narnia

by Tenethia South

Do you know how many languages The Chronicles of Narnia has been translated into? Are you aware that over 100 million copies of the series have been sold? For years, fans of Narnia have read the books, watched the films, and gone to see Narnia on stage. Do they realize how extensively popular Narnia is?

Over the years, certain books of the Chronicles have been translated into forty-six different languages. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is the most translated book of the seven, having been translated into each of the forty-six languages. Although some might expect it to be far ahead of the others, it holds first place by a mere two languages, with, interestingly enough, The Magician’s Nephew coming in second place. The Last Battle and The Silver Chair are farthest behind by nine languages, having been translated into only thirty-seven languages. The most interesting language into which the entire Chronicles have been translated is Schwyzertütsch, or Swiss German, only available in audio book. In addition to the forty-six languages, all of the Chronicles have been translated into Braille, the system of dots used by the blind to read. [1]

Four of the Chronicles have been adapted to film: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; Prince Caspian; The Voyage of the Dawn Treader; and The Silver Chair. Four versions of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe have been made, three live-actions and one animated. The oldest of these was a live-action, produced by the ABC Weekend Television in 1967. Only one or two clips from this ten part series are available anymore. Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader have both been made twice, and although The Silver Chair is currently in the works, it has previously been filmed only once.

In addition to the Chronicles being adapted for film, they have also been made into audio books: two “radio plays” by BBC (1996) and Focus on the Family’s Radio Theater (1998). Aside from these, there have been multiple stage plays based on Narnia including, remarkably, adaptions of The Magician’s Nephew and The Horse and His Boy. [2]

The making of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe film by Walden in 2006 brought plenty of Narnia collectibles. There are now posters, watches, paperweights, bookends, pop-up picture books, coloring books, learn-to-read books, t-shirts, and Halloween costumes for sale online, and that’s just a start. In addition, other items not associated with the Walden film have also been made.

When CS Lewis began writing the Chronicles of Narnia, he could not have imagined how widely-known his novels would become. [3] As you have seen, the Chronicles have not only been translated into forty-six languages, but have also been adapted into nine films, been written as multiple stage plays and audio books, and have inspired many different collectibles. These seven books have gripped the hearts of many, both young and old and will continue to endear themselves to the world as time goes on.

[1] http://inklingsfocus.com/translation_index.html
[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Chronicles_of_Narnia
[3] http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/9694561/CS-Lewis-Chronicles-of-Narnia-author-honoured-in-Poets-corner.html

Update on the Silver Chair

(This post was created for April Fools Day 2016. We hope you enjoyed this article anyways.

If you have been following our news feed here on TLC, you have definitely seen the updates we have shared from Douglas Gresham. If somehow you’ve missed them, here they are:

Douglas Looks Forward to Puddleglum
Gresham on the Order of the Narnia Films
Gresham’s Update on the Silver Chair Script

This week, one more update has been posted. Regretfully, Donald Gresham has announced that they are ceasing work on the films until further notice. “Unfortunately, the Chronicles are losing popularity. With this enormous gap between films, some research we have been doing is showing us that a fourth Narnia film is simply an impossibility. Only one out of a hundred people have even heard of the Chronicles of Narnia. It’s quite saddening.” You can visit the original article here and read the entire interview, as well as see the research Donald was speaking of.

While Narnia fans everywhere, myself included, are deeply disappointed, I’m certainly glad we have this hope: April Fool’s Day.

What’s Happening on TLC?

21st February, 2016

Hello, everyone! March is progressing quickly, and we are about to embark on some thrilling adventures! Of course, every good adventurer has a map (or knows someone with a map)! I am happy to be providing you with the map to guide you on through the year.

Contests!

While the caption contest and writing contest are continuing on the homepage, we have begun introducing some new contests to the forum.

The first one announced was the Artifacts Quest, in which members are given a Narnia prop and told to either find a similar item online or make the item themselves. The item for the first round was Lucy’s Crown — results for that will be posted in the forum soon. The second round, which ends March 20th, features Susan’s Horn as the item. Get to the search!

The second was a new Art Contest, in which TLCers are encouraged to draw, paint, or otherwise create a picture depicting a location in Narnia, such as the crack to Bism. The first round of this will conclude on March 15th.

To get more information on the contests, visit the TLC Happenings section in the forum, or contact Elanorelle or Tenethia.

Activities and Clubs

The E-Inklings Writer’s Group is still active, being led alternately by Lil, Ariel, and Tenethia. It meets every Saturday evening in the chatroom at 5:30 PST. Everyone is welcome to attend* and share their works and receive input, and those who doesn’t have anything to share are welcome to attend and offer suggestions. For more information, you can contact Ariel or Tenethia.

The chatroom costume parties, in which members change their names to a character and play that character throughout the day, are still happening. Typically they are held the 15th of every month, from 8am-4pm Pacific time. The theme is generally released the previous day. For further information, contact Tenethia.

Rounds of Mafia are still going on in the forum! There is a new one every three weeks or so, usually beginning at the beginning of the month. Be sure to sign up for a round! In addition to Mafia, we’ve been playing Mad Libs, Last Post, and The Person Below Me. Drop into the Village Green on the forum to check everything out!

The Armchair Adventurers is the newest group to join TLC. The book club, hosted in the forum’s Town Square, will be reading through and discussing various books. The first book the group undertook was The Hobbit. Check out the forum to see which books will be coming next and to drop in suggestions. If you have any questions, contact Tooky or Tenethia.

TLC’s Day of Prayer will be held in the chatroom this year on March 18th, Good Friday, from 6-10pm Pacific time. Be sure to drop in to pray, and remember that during this time, we’re reserving the chatroom specifically as a chapel. Please limit chatting to just brief greetings during this time.

We will be having a movie night for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe this month! We will be having two showings in our TLCinema, one on Tuesday, March 22nd, at 4pm PST, with Elanorelle hosting, and one on Saturday, March 26th at 5pm PST, with Ariel and Tenethia hosting. It will be a perfect way to gear your thoughts towards Easter, which is on March 23rd!

*All chatroom participants must be over the age of 13, for everyone’s safety.

Wanted! Reporters!

The Lion’s Call Reporter’s Group is currently seeking new reporters, both part-time and full-time. The Reporter’s Group is responsible for most of the posts on the home page, including general articles on the life of CS Lewis and breaking news on the Silver Chair. For more information, contact Always Narnian by March 15th.

Comics!

As always, Elanorelle is looking out for anyone with Narnian comics. If you have any you are willing to share, or if you have ideas you are willing to give to us so that we can turn them into comics, please contact her. If you can’t draw, you can always wander over to the Comic Creator in the Humor section and use the drag and drop interface to cobble together a comic with pre-drawn Narnia characters and speech bubbles.

Contest Entries!

A lot of time and energy goes into planning and producing our contests, and we sincerely appreciate it when we get entries! We have a writing contest, a drawing challenge, a caption contest, and other contests are in the works. Please be sure to take the time to enter them!

Fanfiction!

If you have recently written, or are currently writing, a Narnia fanfiction piece, be sure to add it to our fanfiction directory on the site. Having fanfiction is a huge part of having Lion Awards!

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There is a lot more to come! Be sure you’re keeping up by following us on social media, and always make sure to peek into the forum! Do that and you can be sure you won’t miss a thing!

Tweet Regarding Completion of Silver Chair Script Confirmed to be Fake

In Ajnos’ most recent article, Latest on the Silver Chair film (what we know and what we don’t), she addressed a rumor about the Silver Chair script being completed. The rumor originated from a post on a Twitter account supposedly belonging to David Magee, the script writer.

This afternoon, the official Chronicles of Narnia page on FaceBook posted this on their wall: “The bogus report of David Magee’s ‪#‎SilverChair‬ finished script is a scam. Always follow The Chronicles of Narnia @officialnarnia & Narnia.com for all official movie news ‪#‎NarniaMovieNews‬.”