Scott Hutchins remarks:
> Lewis's books seem very writerly, with all sorts of parenthetical
> that make it difficult to get involved with thes story, though he did this
> less as it wore on. This is one reason I have yet to see why these books
> are considered so much superior to Baum's, just because the publisher got
> the series to continue, with much inconsistency, through other authors of
> varying quality.
Aside from C.S. Lewis' reputation as teacher and scholar, the
popularity is due in some ways to his powers as a writer of Christian
apologetics, of which the Narnia series is a prime example. Thus, he's
sanctioned and found in Christian bookstores (as are the tapes) as well
as in SF/Fantasy sections and bookstores.
I've been curious for a while about the power of some Christian groups
in promoting certain authors and/or films. For example, when CHARIOTS
OF FIRE hit town a while back, there were many people attending who had
tickets that were provided through a church-affiliated group or school.
Donald Larsson, Mankato State U (MN)
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