It's Friday again, and this means it's time for Follow Friday. There has been a slight change to the format, as now there are two Follow Friday hosts blogs and two Follow Friday Features Bloggers each week. To join the fun and make now book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:
- Follow both of the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts (Parajunkee and Alison Can Read) and any one else you want to follow on the list.
- Follow the two Featured Bloggers of the week - Gizzimomo's Book Shelf and Tash Brilliant Book Blog.
- Put your Blog name and URL in the Linky thing.
- Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments.
- Follow, follow, follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "Hi".
- If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the love . . . and the followers.
- If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post!
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I wouldn't change most books. Either a book is generally bad, in which case changing the ending won't make it any better, or the book is generally good, in which case it doesn't need the ending fixed. However, one book that I would change is C.S. Lewis' The Last Battle, which is also the final book in his Chronicles of Narnia series. I wouldn't change the ending - Lewis was clearly intent on writing the Narnian version of Revelations, so the fact that the world ends and everyone who shows up in Narnia ends up going "further up and further in" to reach the Emperor Over the Sea is entirely fitting. Instead, I would change the book's treatment of Susan, the older girl of the Pevensie children. Of all of the Pevensie children, she is the one that doesn't go back to Narnia at the end of the series, because she has supposedly forgotten about it. And why has she forgotten about it? Because she became interested in boys, lipstick, and the other things many teenage girls find interesting. In C.S. Lewis' view of the world, it seems that once a girl turns into a woman, she loses the ability to appreciate places like Narnia, and becomes distanced from that Lewis considered to be "good". If I were to rewrite Susan's part of the Narnia books, she would remain a vital part of them despite (and probably because) she grew up and found boys (and implicitly, sex) interesting. The one truly grating element of the Chronicles of Narnia is the way that Lewis infantilizes women, and that's the part I'd change, starting with Susan.
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