“Writing a song like Fifteen at age 18, I felt like I had a lot of insight, and like i could look back with nostalgia and wistfulness at being 15, because you know, you do learn so much from the age of 15 to 18. But I do remember at the time, there were some critics who were like, ‘Really? How much life have you really lived from 15 to 17 or 18 or whatever?’ And I get that now, because at 31, when I’m going back and singing Fifteen, it really hit me incredibly hard actually, so like a song like that, or also The Best Day, oh my god, it was so hard not to just be bawling. Like I had to stop so many times in the end of that song, just because, I don’t know, my emotions have overtaken me. I’m 31 years old, and I’m soft.”
— Taylor to country radio host Katie McNeal on which songs made her feel the most nostalgic to re-record (x)
“But to look beyond the glory is the hardest part
For a hero’s strength is measured by his heart”
Remember when I told you guys I was working on a Peter Pevensie tribute? Well here we are!! I’m still so in love with this guy, and I’m really pleased with how this came out.
Please let me know your thoughts!
I know I’m awful at replying and responding, but every single person who has liked/reblogged/tagged/commented/responded to my edits makes my heart SO warm and happy. I love you all for it.
‘Always wishing you could get into that dream again...’ - | The Chronicles of Narnia - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe | C.S. Lewis |
C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien (the Lord of the Rings) were a part of a writers club that would meet up at their local pub and discuss story ideas. Middle Earth and Narnia once spoke to each other and only the magic from within those worlds at that time, knew how influential those tales would be decades on.
Discussing your ideas with friends helps fuel further creation and inspire new ideas. I do this when I have writer’s block; it’s like you are channeling ideas from the magical current within the universe. Speaking what’s inside your mind helps clear it out for new ideas.
Keep reading and writing, even if you have no idea the direction you are headed, and even if you think nothing makes sense, or your stories are beautifully strange - like a wizard living under a staircase, or a girl who finds another world in a wardrobe - one day it will all make sense and come together like the meaning in our dreams. ✨
My heart is on the edge of shattering to pieces. Oh pleeeeeeeease DO let it mean that Susan would get back together with her family in the end!!!!!!!!!😭😭😭
on the pevensies’ names
SO there’s something that always bothered me about Susan, and that was: why is she called Susan??? Peter, Edmund and Lucy’s names all have clear significance, but I never could see what about the name ‘Susan’ was important for her character
UNTIL my last reread of the Chronicles, when I spotted something in VoDT that I couldn’t BELIEVE I’d never noticed before. It’s a HUGE pointer towards what happens with whether Susan eventually returns to her belief or not, and although I’m sure I’m not the first person to have seen it, I can’t remember reading about it in any Susan’s-fate discussions before, so here goes.
Peter, Edmund and Lucy all have names with deep significance. ‘Peter’ means ‘rock’, which is clearly well suited to his role as the ‘rock’ of the family, but perhaps more importantly he’s named after Saint Peter, who in the Bible is something like the rock upon which my church is founded. The Pope sits on ‘the throne of Saint Peter’ as God’s representative on earth (for the catholic church at least), and Peter’s throne is that of the High King (CS Lewis did a little power in Narnia flowchart thing and Peter sits right below Aslan on it I think). plus the whole Peter-and-the-gate-of-heaven thing in LB.
‘Edmund’ is a two-part name, translating to ‘prosperity’ and ‘protector’. Sure, ‘protector’ is applicable because of his actions against the Witch, but his name is mostly significant because of its use in Shakespeare - in King Lear, Edmund is the name of the Duke of Gloucester’s bastard younger son, who betrays his family to gain power. Shakespeare’s Edmund is never completely redeemed, but he is an ambiguous character who can be played as really awful or quite sympathetic or a bit of both, and he’s got lots of parallels to Narnia’s Edmund.
‘Lucy’ means ‘light’ and hers is pretty straightforward - she shines the light onto the path to Narnia and to Aslan for her family.
But Susan? ‘Susan’ means ‘lily’, and for the longest time I could not for the life of me figure out why that was important. CS Lewis wouldn’t give all the others such significant names and then come to Susan and be like oh well I guess that will do, but I couldn’t find what it was. Sure, lilies are flowers traditionally used at funerals, which is a bleak bit of foreshadowing, but it didn’t seem like enough.
I was reading VoDT and at the end, when they get close to Aslan’s country, what do they find? A SEA OF
and I couldn’t believe I hadn’t noticed this - that the flower on the path to Aslan’s country is the flower Susan is named for. which, combined with the foreshadowing in PC about her returning to Aslan, is a pretty strong hint about her eventual path.
If we also take a look at a compass - the sea of lilies is in the utter east. it’s heavily implied in the Narnia books that Susan’s path away from Narnia starts when she goes to America, which - from England - is a journey west, the opposite way. so Lewis is definitely paying attention to direction here. and to the east, on the pathway to Aslan’s country, he filled it with Susan’s flowers.
my whole standpoint on the problem of Susan is a bit more complicated, but I think this is a lovely whisper from Lewis about her eventually getting to rejoin her family
When at last she was free to come back to Edmund she found him standing on his feet not only healed of his wounds but looking better than she had seen him Iook - oh, for ages; in fact ever since his first term at that horrid school which is where he had begun to go wrong. He had become his real old self and could look you in the face.