The Summer Challenge is an annual event here at the Lion’s Call. It’s a little like an online book club and a little like a collaborative art project. We pick one of the Chronicles of Narnia, read two chapters a day (leaving Sunday as a catch up or rest day), and share reflections about what we read. Your reflections can essentially be in any form of writing or visual art you can think of. This year we’ll be reading The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.
It’s hard to believe, but this is our seventh year doing the Summer Challenge. We’ll finally be completing the entire chronicles. This doesn’t mean it’s the end (far from it!) but there is definitely something momentous about the occasion, and the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe seems like a very fitting story to conclude the cycle with for some reason. If you’ve been sitting out for a year or two, or haven’t yet attempted it, this is definitely a good year to join in.
This year the challenge is running from July 24-Aug 2 and we’re going to have places to share reflections both on the forum and on facebook.
In honour of our Summer Challenge, this writing contest is appropriately themed to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Even as we experience summer on this side of the wardrobe door, imagine what it was like for the Narnians to have only one season for one hundred years. How did they conduct themselves during this time? The floor is open for any variety of entries: serious tales about everyday struggles or rebellious Christmas parties, fun stories of playing in the snow or general family-and-friend bonding time, long-winded pieces or short ones, whatever strikes your fancy!
Example: “Redder Than Holly”
Mother was not doing well. Fifteen years of straight winter had taken its toll on her: she was near-bedridden most days and half-delirious more often than not. Tumnus worried for her. She was not gone, not yet, and he had to take care of her as best as he knew how. What recourse did he have? Even if Father — no. It was no good thinking about Father now. What was done was done. Mother could not live on hours of knitting and dozens of flute-songs. She needed these precious packages of food.
Tumnus shivered in the cold. Father was not here. Mother need not know. Mother may not even notice. Much as he wanted her to recover, this much worked in his favour: Mother would not suffer a broken heart over his broken promises.
At last, he reached home and thawed his fingers over the crackling fire. “It’s cold out there today, Mother,” he said with forced cheerfulness. She didn’t respond, but he hadn’t expected her to: she hadn’t spoken in such a long time. Keeping up a stream of chatter for the both of them, Tumnus prepared lunch: tea, bread and butter, a slice of ham, and, from the new provisions, a handful of dried cranberries. “Here we are, Mother,” he announced as he approached her bed with the tray.
Mother turned her eyes from the fire to smile at him. Her hands pushed something — a package — toward him. On top, in neat and careful letters, were written the words “Merry Christmas”. Tumnus’ heart froze. Ill as she was, Mother had remembered Christmas. And after what he had done — what was he to do? He fought the urge to check over his shoulder for the Secret Police. Instead, he set down the tray and unwrapped the paper. The scarf inside was long and bright red, redder than holly. “It’s lovely, Mother; thank you.” He wrapped it around his neck. “And it’s warm too!”
Mother smiled again and they tucked into their lunch. Tumnus relaxed when Mother did not question the new fare. However, when they had finished and he began to clear the dishes, he noticed that she had not touched the cranberries. He bit his lip without meaning to. So she knew after all. She knew of his betrayal. She knew he had gone to the White Witch. Tears sprang to his eyes and shame filled his heart. Mother’s hand cupped his cheek and wiped at one of his tears. When he finally met her gaze, he saw unshed tears in her own eyes. But behind those tears, beyond the spark of rebellion in the face of endless winter, he saw the one truth he had always known: “I love you.”
Don’t forget to check out the winners of the last contest.
As of yesterday (July 4, 2017) an apparently leaked press release relating to the new Silver Chair film has been doing the rounds. Its original source is unclear but it seems to have been first posted by TheAbandoning on Reddit. The name “Sony” appears at the top of the document but there is no other indication that it genuinely comes from them. Our friends at Narniaweb have investigated and determined the document to be a forgery.
The press release suggests that filming on The Silver Chair is scheduled for a five month period, starting in November and being shot in the North and South Islands of New Zealand, where we have previously seen Narnia come to life. Weta Digital is also announced as returning to do the armor for the upcoming movie.
Among other things, new talents were announced such as makeup artist Joel Harlow, composer Thomas Newman, as well as casting directors Nina Gold and Theo Park.
You can read the false press release as posted on Reddit here.
For officially confirmed information relating to The Silver Chair film, please consult previous articles and announcements in The Lion’s Call news category.
(Caution is advised in following outgoing links. No sites linked to are in affiliation with The Lion’s Call).
At CineEurope, in Barcelona, eOne (EntertainmentOne) seized the chance to mention Narnia. On the fourth day of the event, eOne showcased their upcoming projects, The Silver Chair being one of them. Being as early in the works as it is, there was no footage shown for the film, as of yet. However, any news is good news, especially when eOne has taken this opportunity to bring the public’s attention back to Narnia.
For more information about this event and eOne’s newest projects, check out the article over at The Hollywood Reporter (Caution is advised in following outgoing links. The Lion’s Call is in no way affiliated with The Hollywood Reporter.)
Announced yesterday on Facebook was a chance to ask your questions to the Joe Johnston, the director of the Silver Chair.
Joe Johnston is ready to hear from Narnia fans! Do you have a question you’d like to ask him about The Chronicles of Narnia, The Silver Chair, filmmaking, art, or storytelling? If so, post it below or write us a message.