arhyalon (arhyalon) wrote,

Ladies and Honor, or Because C. S. Lewis Is Wonderful!

John’s blog has been running a discussion about women and honor. While I agree with him that women generally do not care about bravado, I do feel there are times when the challenge set forth is so hideous, so dire, that even we ladies are stirred to rise to the defense of the one challenged.
That being said, I shall stoop and pick up the gauntlet thrown down by Phillip Pullman and face him upon the field of literature. In defense of C. S. Lewis, I offer my PROSPERO’S DAUGHTER trilogy.
It is true that the theology in the PROSPERO books might not be entirely to Mr. Lewis’s liking, but it is inspired by his works. His Eldil are one of the inspirations behind Eurynome, and the mood and tenor of his work inspired the mood and tenor of my own.
Now, I realize that my defense is somewhat paltry. Pullman’s books are winning awards, being made into movies, causing discussions, and making it onto people’s lists of their all time favorites.  Mine, on the other hand, are not even published, and I can count on one hand the number of people who have read them from end to end. They are not children’s book; nor are they likely to cause a great stir or to restore descent story telling to its proper place.
Still, a person has to stand up for what is right, even if the opposition looms on the horizon like a giant, flaming, red bull. That’s what heroes – er, heroines – are for.
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