Countdown to Caspian – Day 1 (Magic at the Station)

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian opens in theaters on Friday, May 16. In order to whet your appetite, I will be counting down the fifteen days to the movie by sharing a favorite selection from each of the fifteen chapters of C. S. Lewis’ masterful book, Prince Caspian. (Warning: Plot spoilers ahead! But if you haven’t read the book, you should really read it before going to see the movie anyways!) Here goes — let’s count down to Caspian!

From Chapter 1: The Island

It was an empty, sleepy, country station and there was hardly anyone on the platform except themselves. Suddenly Lucy gave a sharp little cry, like someone who has been stung by a wasp.

“What’s up, Lu?” said Edmund — and then suddenly broke off and made a noise like “Ow!”

“What on earth — ” began Peter, and then he too suddenly changed what he had been going to say. Instead, he said, “Susan, let go! What are you doing? Where are you dragging me to?”

“I’m not touching you,” said Susan. “Someone is pulling me. Oh — oh — oh — stop it!”

Everyone noticed that all the others’ faces had gone very white.

“I felt just the same,” said Edmund in a breathless voice. “As if I were being dragged along. A most frightful pulling — ugh! it’s beginning aain.”

“Me too,” said Lucy. “Oh, I can’t bear it.”

“Look sharp!” shouted Edmund. “All catch hands and keep together. This is magic — I can tell by the feeling. Quick!”

Thoughts:  This is a great opening scene. Lewis wastes no time but pulls you right into the story, as effectively as the children are pulled into Narnia from the railway station. Get ready to enjoy the ride! (Thoughts? Comments? Do you have a favorite scene or quote from chapter one?)

All the Countdown Posts:  Day 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

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  1. Moksh Juneja says:

    If you are a big fan for Narnia, I think you should follow Prince Caspian on twitter – . He keeps giving updates about what is happening around him in both real and Narnia world!

  2. Ray Fowler says:

    Moksh – Hey, that’s pretty neat! Thanks for sharing the link.

  3. ashii says:

    Hey there i think that’s a very cool idea. It will surely help Narnia fans to recollect the book. And for the new Narnia freaks, it will surely give them an idea about the movie.
    I am really looking forward to the movie.

  4. Bethany says:

    We are happily counting down in our house. I’m thrilled to finally see billboards around town and along the highways advertising Caspian. Since I’m not a TV watcher I’m wondering if TV ads are popping up yet. Is Disney marketing this as strongly as other films? Just curious.

  5. Ray Fowler says:

    Ashii – I’m glad you like the idea. I was hoping for the same two effects you describe in your comment.

    Bethany – Yes, I have seen a few billboards around myself. I haven’t seen a lot of TV ads, because we don’t watch a lot of TV either. They have not promoted this one through the churches the way they did Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe. But I have heard that they are promoting it heavily on the Disney Channel. I think there is a strong anticipation for the film, and it will do very well in the theaters.

  6. hennax says:

    well, ive watched the was actually quite this part of the story in the movie, they(the narnia computer graphics team) had done a great job! when i first read the book i did not expect it to be that great-i mean the effects and all. and the actors acted well too. except it WAS quie weird when suddenly lucy jumd up from the chair saying ‘ow,something pinched me!’ and accused peter for pinching her. (i was thinking of ants back then) haha,im just laughing at myself.

  7. Ray Fowler says:

    hennax – I thought they did a great job with this scene, too. Some people have complained because it took place in a crowded subway rather than a sleepy country station like in the book, but changes like that really don’t bother me. They did a great job of catpuring what it would have felt like for the four children to be suddenly pulled back into Narnia.

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