Narnia, Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter

An Essay By Lucia // 12/2/2007

I wrote this a few months ago, when I was thirteen.

Narnia
Pros: Highly enjoyable , written marvelously. No uneeded detail, perhaps not detail enough for some. Great symbolism and anologys, all morals are to be in line. Wonderful storyline, though evil creatures are not described in deatail it is intense enough to keep you interested.

Cons: Though even adults enjoy these books, when you grow older you might want something with more pages and longer words. If so, C.S. Lewis' other fantasy series might be more worth your while. The names of the books are: [i]Out of the Silent Planet[/i] , [i]Perelandra[/i], and [i]That Hideous Strength.[/i]

Content Advisory: Very little. C.S. Lewis purposefully refrains from desribing evil creatures in detail, thus saving the sleep of many small children. But, personally, I was scared out of my wits by the werewolf and the witch in [i]Prince Caspian[/i]. Also describes wounds minimally.

Lord of the Rings

Pros: An adventure that crowns many adventures, it was written by a Catholic author, and a good writer at that. As in Narnia, great symbolism and analogies. Written for older kids, so more teens prefer it to Narnia. Rich detail and mythology make this always engrossing.

Cons: Long and detailed, too long and detailed for some.

Harry Potter:

Pros: Engrossing. So engrossing, in fact, that while reading the first five books I stopped literally only to go to Mass, eat, sleep, and use the bathroom. Has a few good morals.

Cons: Some people beleive that Harry Potter inspires the occult. My personal view on fantasy and the occult is that most authors write fantasy to make children happy and/or to make themselves rich and famous. I don't think it was J.K.'s intention to start a bunch of occult practices(though some believe it is the devil's). It is your decision to decide whether HP is occult or not. I myself never had an urge to cast a spell while reading the books. What my parents were more worrried about was that Harry frequently (in fact almost always) lies and breaks rules, and circumstances reward him for it. You have to be old enough to understand that such stuff is not "okay" before reading these books.

Content Advisory: Lots of creepy creatures and violence described well, but scary.
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These three seem to be the fantasies everybody's crazy about. So which do you think is the best?

Comments

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The Lord of the Rings hands down! Best books ever!

Tamerah | Tue, 12/04/2007

Lord of the Rings, very

Lord of the Rings, very closely seconded by Narnia if not equal to. I've loved Narnia forever, it's sort of easier to discover when you're little, so yeah.
I've read Lord of the Rings only once (I'm finishing Return of the King again right now, but I'm not sure that counts until it's finished, plus I had to skip Fellowship of the Ring because I don't own it and I was too impatient to wait for it), but it is just the best book. No competition at all, really.

Anna | Tue, 12/04/2007

I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right. --The Book Thief

Lord of the Rings, very

Lord of the Rings, very closely seconded by Narnia if not equal to. I've loved Narnia forever, it's sort of easier to discover when you're little, so yeah.
I've read Lord of the Rings only once (I'm finished Return of the King again right now, but I'm not sure that counts until it's finished, plus I had to skip Fellowship of the Ring because I don't own it and I was too impatient to wait for it), but it is just the best book. No competition at all, really.

Anna | Tue, 12/04/2007

I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right. --The Book Thief

Man, I posted this twice. I

Man, I posted this twice. I hate it when I do that.

Anna | Tue, 12/04/2007

I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right. --The Book Thief

NARNIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NARNIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sarah | Tue, 12/04/2007

"Sometimes even to live is courage."
-Seneca

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Well gee. . .

Do you like Narnia or something?
Its kind of hard to tell. . .

Either way the Lord of the Rings is better :D

Tamerah | Wed, 12/05/2007

I like Narnia

The books and the movies a lot of fun. But when you try to read LOTR it goes dry on you. Just my humble opinion. The Prince Caspian trailer came out today!!!!!

Scio, diligo, servo Deum.

Lucia | Wed, 12/05/2007

Scio, diligo, servo Deum.

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Only if you don't like all the description, and if you can't follow it. I love the description. I've read the books close to ten times.

Tamerah | Wed, 12/05/2007

how do you know LOTR is

how do you know LOTR is better?
i think Narnia is better
its all a matter of opinion.

Sarah | Wed, 12/05/2007

"Sometimes even to live is courage."
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Exactly :D
Lord of the Rings is better to me
I love it so much.
Narnia is great too though,
I just finished reading The Silver Chair again
That one is so sad though cuz Caspian dies. .

Tamerah | Thu, 12/06/2007

Lord of the Rings, no

Lord of the Rings, no contest.

Shane | Thu, 12/06/2007

The Siilver Chair is my

The Silver Chair is my favorite.

Of course, I've never read Harry Potter, so they could be okay, I guess. I saw the first movie and didn't really enjoy it, but then again, books are almost always, if not always, better than the movies made out of them, so I don't know...

Anna | Thu, 12/06/2007

I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right. --The Book Thief

It was sort of like that for

It was sort of like that for me the first time I read it, but then I was 11 so... Anyway, it's better now.

Anna | Thu, 12/06/2007

I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right. --The Book Thief

i LOVE decription. :D Horse

i LOVE decription. :D
Horse and his Boy is my fav Barnis book.
Then Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Sarah | Thu, 12/06/2007

"Sometimes even to live is courage."
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The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is my very favorite, followed my Prince Caspian. . . And i'm not sure which after that. . . Maybe the Magicians Nephew. . .

Tamerah | Thu, 12/06/2007

:D

oooooh i like Magician's Neohew2!

Sarah | Fri, 12/07/2007

"Sometimes even to live is courage."
-Seneca

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I don't

I don't know................it's a toss up.

Emily-Smileygirl (not verified) | Mon, 12/10/2007

WELL.....

I read Narnia when I was little, and I don't remember it very well, and I haven't read LOTR, but I loved Harry Potter.

Megan | Mon, 12/24/2007

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GO HARRY POTTER!!!! I also

GO HARRY POTTER!!!! I also love Narnia, and I have never read LOTR.

E | Tue, 08/18/2009

"You were not meant to fit into a shallow box built by someone else." -J. Raymond

LOTR HANDS DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 i have read lotr more times than just about anything else - they are soooooooooooooo amazint, the silmarillion is awesome too. oh, and what i love about LOTR is that it has so many Christian values, since it was written by a Christian. 

I've heard a lot of different things about Harry Potter, but my initial reaction is stay away from witches and all the creepy junk. 

My favorite book character EVER is Sam Gamgee he rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love Narnia too, read those a million times too. Aslan is incredible. 

Anonymous | Thu, 01/07/2010