Tumnus’ Bookshelf: The NarniaFans Book Reviews: C.S. Lewis Goes to Hell: A Companion and Study Guide to The Screwtape Letters by William O’Flaherty

Hey, everybody! Welcome back to Tumnus’ Bookshelf, where we review any and all books written by, about, and inspired by C.S. Lewis, The Land of Narnia, and The Inklings. For today’s review, we will be looking at the new companion commentary C.S. Lewis Goes to Hell: A Companion and Study Guide to The Screwtape Letters by William O’Flaherty.

Title: C.S. Lewis Goes to Hell: A Companion and Study Guide to The Screwtape Letters

Author: William O’Flaherty

Publisher: Winged Lion Press, LLC (March 15, 2016)

ISBN-10:  1935688111

ISBN-13: 978-1935688112

 

Summary:

From William O’Flaherty, host of the All About Jack Podcast, comes C.S. Lewis Goes to Hell: A Companion and Study Guide to The Screwtape Letters. Consisting of a lengthy glossary of topics and terms in the letters and a series of robust discussion questions, the commentary helps readers probe the deeper questions dealt with the book. O’Flaherty also shares with readers a series of fun facts, his own personal thoughts on the work, some background on the lesser known sequel to Screwtape, and tops it all off with his own original short story. While not a critical analysis, O’Flaherty invites readers and discussion groups to examine the Letters for themselves to learn what lessons they need from C.S. Lewis’ timeless work.screwtapecommentary

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Through A New Wardrobe: The NarniaFans Interview Series: NarniaFans Goes to Hades with William O’Flaherty’s new Companion and Study Guide to The Screwtape Letters

Hey, everybody! Welcome back to “Through a New Wardrobe”, where we sit down and chat with some of today’s hottest writers who have been influenced by CS Lewis and the Land of Narnia.  For today’s interview, we sit down with William O’Flaherty, host of the All About Jack Podcast, longtime friend of NarniaFans, and the author of new companion commentary on the Screwtape LettersC.S. Lewis Goes to Hell

 

NarniaFans: Tell us a bit about yourself, for our readers that might not know much about you.

William O'Flaherty

William O’Flaherty

William O’Flaherty: Many people falsely believe that I’m an avid reader. I grew up hating to read. In fact, to this day, I have a difficult time reading just about ANY works of fiction. C.S. Lewis is one of the very few that I have read more than one of an author’s fictional works. Related to this, if I can listen to a book, rather than read it, then that’s what I’ll do. So, in the process of writing my book to help people further enjoy The Screwtape Letters, I actually listened to it greater than ten times more than reading it. Grand total, I’ve read or listen to it over 100 times!

 

Apart from my interest in Lewis, some might be surprise to learn that way back in high school I was a hurdler and even ran in the Junior Olympics back in 1981. Professionally, I’m a Mental Health Counselor. In my current position I work full-time as a family counselor.

 

 

NF: Can you give us a quick teaser for Lewis Goes to Hell that will give us an idea of what we’re in for?

WO: C.S. Lewis Goes to Hell is a book about another book, specifically it is an enhanced study guide to The Screwtape Letters. I say “enhanced” because an important unique aspect to it is what called a “Topical Glossary.” This is sort of a mini-encyclopedia of key topics and themes in the letters that allow you to see all the places they are mentioned. I also provide suggested answers to the study questions and cover the follow-up essay entitled “Screwtape Proposes a Toast.” It’s also a very versatile book. An individual can use the book on their own or a small group can use it for a 13 week or longer study.

 

NF: What were your inspirations for writing a commentary on The Screwtape Letters?

WO: Part of what motivated me was the other books out there that are study guides. While I haven’t looked at two of them that actually came out in the last year, I found previous guides were good, but not entirely useful. In fact, you might say the seeds were planted for writing my book back in 2000 when I filled in to teach a Sunday School class. I picked The Screwtape Letters and created my own questions for the group because no single guide had what I thought would work.

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Sony’s TriStar joins production of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair

The Silver ChairSony Pictures’ TriStar has joined The Mark Gordon Company, The C.S. Lewis Company and Entertainment One (eOne) for the production of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair. Screenwriter David Magee has been working on the script for the last few years.

As of this moment:

Release Date: Not set

Cast: Not hired, and will not be the same as before

Director: Not hired

Mark Gordon commented to Deadline: “Developing this project with The C.S. Lewis Company has been immensely exciting and a real joy. We are so pleased to team up with our good friends at TriStar and our partners at eOne to introduce this new, magical chapter of the Narnia franchise to fans around the world, both old and new.”

C.S. Lewis’ stepson Douglas Gresham added: “It’s been both fun and exciting to work with Mark Gordon and David Magee to develop the next Narnian movie, and now it’s a thrill to welcome TriStar to our Narnia family. I greatly look forward to plunging again into the joys and challenges of once more bringing Narnia to the screen, this time with the wonderful story of The Silver Chair.”

Mark Gordon, C.S. Lewis’ stepson Douglas Gresham, Vincent Sieber, and Melvin Adams will produce the film.

New Interview with Walter Hooper from Inklings Week at Oxford

Recently, William O’Flaherty  of Essential CS Lewis.com, and longtime friend and contributor for NarniaFans.com, attended the Inklings Week at Oxford. While there, he sat down with an interview with Walter Hooper, the man responsible for editing and preserving many of CS Lewis works. He has graciously shared with us a link to his “All About Jack Podcast” where you can hear the full interview in its entirety.

William O'Flaherty and Walter Hooper

                     Walter Hooper and William O’Flaherty

Among the topics they discuss Hooper’s favorite essays by CS Lewis, some unique stores from tracking down some of Lewis short works, how it felt to actually get a letter from CS Lewis, his feelings on that Hideous Strength, and Perelandra, and the never published edited version of Perelandra. They also talk about which essays of Lewis are essential for readers to encounter, and why Miracles, despite being one of Lewis’ “hard works” just why Christians should make sure to read that book. We also learn whether or not there will be another volume of CS Lewis’ collected letters, now that more have been discovered.

Have a listen bellow.

http://allaboutjack.podbean.com/e/complete-walter-hooper-interview-2016/

Runtime: 60 minutes.

 

Tumnus’ Bookshelf: The NarniaFans Book Reviews: Reading CS Lewis: A Commentary by Wesley A. Kort

Hey, everybody! Welcome back to Tumnus’ Bookshelf, where we review any and all books by, about, and inspired by CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, The Inklings and the Land of Narnia. For today’s review we will be looking at Wesley A. Kort’s Reading CS Lewis: A Commentary.

Title: Reading CS Lewis: A CommentaryReading CS Lewis cover

Author : Wesley A.Kort

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN-10: 0190221348

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April Fools 2016 Update: Courtesy of Mr. Alan Smithee and Ms. Kathy Selden

Well, folks, another April Fools has come and gone. Our responses weren’t as numerous as in years past, perhaps because you are all just getting too smart. What’s the old saying “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me?”

Then again, I did have problems connecting it to social media, so that could also be a factor.

Regardless, there is no shame among our dear readers!

 

So, just to reiterate:

1: There is NOT a Till We Have Faces Movie in the works in any capacity. In fact, as one of our readers noticed there was a hint in the post. However, there were actually two hints in the story. That hint came in the name Alan Smithee, it was highlighted. It connects directly to a Wikipedia post about “Alan Smithee” a pseudonym used in the film industry by writers, directors and actors to distance themselves from a project they do not wish to be associated with.  Plus the name of the casting director, Kathy Selden, was the name of the character played by Debbie Reynolds in the movie “Singing in the Rain”. The movie is then, just as real as Mr. Smithee and Ms. Selden. However the statement from Sean Connery is based on actually interview quotes concerning his retirement and his passing on Lord of the Rings and the Matrix.

2.Guillermo del Toro is NOT slated to direct The Silver Chair. Yes, the movie is in the works..We have no news to report at this time. Also, Chloe Grace Moretz, Tom Holland, Doug Jones, Ron Perlman, Lynn Hilary, and John Dempsie are not slated to star in the movie (lets face it, Mr. Holland is going to be very busy with Spider-Man.  That said, much like Christopher  Eccelston, David Tennet and Matt Smith of last year’s joke, Doug Jones would be an inspired choice for the role of Puddleglum.

Special thanks to ArvinJan Allen for helping me hash out this joke!

So, that’s it! And again, please ,feel free to submit jokes to us for next year! And maybe you’ll get to see your name in our wrap-up!

 

APRIL FOOLS! Guillermo del Toro in “Final Talks” to direct The Silver Chair! APRIL FOOLS!

Guillermo del Toro, one of today’s most prolific fantasy film makers, is in “final talks” to step into the directors chair for The Silver Chair. Fans may remember that he was previously attached to The Hobbit movie but had to bow out due to production delays.

del Toro had also been offered the chance to direct The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, but turned it down. Sources close to the production say this was his favorite book in the series, and that he “Really liked the script, and was excited about working with the cast.”

Guillermo Del Toro

Guillermo Del Toro

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APRIL FOOLS ! BREAKING NEWS! Till We Have Faces Movie Announced APRIL FOOLS!

For decades CS Lewis’ Till We Have Faces, has been considered his greatest work of fiction. Now, producers at 20th Century Fox’s Fox Faith Films ( Thr3e, House, and The Last Sin Eater) have announced that a big screen adaptation of the book will hit theaters February 14, 2018. The film will be directed by Alan Taylor ( Thor: The Dark World). Between his work on the second Thor movie and Game of Thrones, Taylor has proven he has some serous fantasy

Till We Have Faces

Till We Have Faces

chops.

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Tumnus’ Bookshelf: The NarniaFans Book Reviews: Bandersnatch: CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, and the Creative Collaboration of the Inklings

Hey, everybody! Welcome back to Tumnus’ Bookshelf: The NarniaFans Book Reviews where we review any and all books written by, about, and inspired by CS Lewis, The Land of Narnia, and The Inklings. For today’s book review we will be looking at Diana Pavlac Glyer’s new book Bandersnatch: CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, and the Creative Collaboration of the Inklings.
Title: Bandersnatch: CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, and the Creative Collaboration of the Inklings

Author: Diana Pavlac Glyer

Illustrator: James A Owen

Publisher: Kent State University Press ( December 8,2015)

ISBN-10: 1606352768

ISBN-13: 978-1606352762

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The Silver Chair is both a Relaunch and a Reboot?

The Silver Chair

The Silver Chair

Mark Gordon was interviewed by Collider recently, and they took the opportunity to ask about the status of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair.

Mark Gordon’s comments confirmed that they’ll be re-casting Eustace.

He told Collider: “We’re hoping to be able to make the movie very shortly. We’re very excited about it.”

When asked if we’d see any of the cast from the prior movies, he answered: “No, it’s all going to be a brand new franchise. All original. All original characters, different directors, and an entire new team that this is coming from.”

So that means no Andrew Adamson and no Michael Apted. The question is… does this mean no Liam Neeson as Aslan? (Side note: Brian Cox was originally cast as Aslan before Neeson came on board and replaced him after Cox’s voice changed when he lost a bunch of weight.)

But what does “all original characters” mean? Collider asked him “to clarify if these were entirely new character creations or existing characters in the Narnia mythology that have yet to get the movie treatment, and he confirmed the latter. The new characters will come ‘from the world’ of Narnia.”

I’m guessing this also means a new logo style, new look for Aslan, and a new feel for the franchise. Some have thought the movies were trying to be “The Lord of the Rings” for kids. I’ve appreciated it, but I’m curious to see where it goes from here.

Will they go far enough to make Narnia feel like its’ own thing?

And what is actually meant by this being a “brand new franchise?” Does this mean they eventually plan to go back and re-make the other three films? I’m not really sure that it’s a good idea to start in the middle of the story like this, and then go back…

Either way, we’ll see what happens next!