A to Z Challenge: Fictional Favorites, Day 12

L is for — two Lucys: Lucy Pevensie and Lucy Waring from C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia and Mary Stewart’s This Rough Magic.

After reading the Chronicles of Narnia, in my much younger days, whenever I saw a wardrobe or even a closet in someone’s house, my first impulse was to open it and see if it led anywhere. I didn’t, of course, because that would have been incredibly rude, but I always wondered what it would be like to actually find a doorway to another world as Lucy Pevensie does in Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. I would have felt as she did: excited, curious, and more than a little scared.

Lucy is the youngest of the four Pevensie siblings, and she isn’t taken seriously by her brothers and sister at the start of the story. They don’t believe her when she tells them about Narnia, but she proves them wrong, and so begins their amazing adventure. I enjoyed the Chronicles very much and liked seeing Lucy grow into a strong, self-confident, courageous young woman.

In Mary Stewart’s romantic thriller, This Rough Magic, Lucy Waring is a young actress vacationing on the island of Corfu in the Mediterranean. Her vacation, however, goes horribly wrong when she gets caught up in a nightmare of deceit and murder. She must use all of her wits and courage to save herself from being the next one dead.

I really enjoy Stewart’s romantic suspense thrillers. One of the things that draws me in is that, not just Lucy, but all of Stewart’s heroines are ordinary women who travel to exotic locales and get tangled up in perilous situations, not of their making. The books are exciting reads with plenty of romance and, always, satisfying endings.

Georgie Henley as Lucy Pevensie with Mr. Tumnus the Faun in Disney's The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, 2005 Photo Credit: Narnia Wikia

Georgie Henley as Lucy Pevensie
with Mr. Tumnus the Faun in
Disney’s The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, 2005
Photo Credit: Narnia Wikia

Chronicles of Narnia

Chronicles of Narnia

Mary Stewart's Books

Mary Stewart’s Books

14 thoughts on “A to Z Challenge: Fictional Favorites, Day 12

  1. Even though I never read any of the Narnia books before, I have watched the movies and I loved them all. I don’t know if they’ll continue making them though… Anyway Lucy Pevensie is definitely one of my favourite characters in the movie aside from Aslan 🙂


  2. My teacher read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to the class when I was seven and I’ve loved it ever since. I had the whole set in a slip-case and read through them every year or so until they fell apart. The young actress who plays Lucy is perfect, I think.

    I don’t know the Mary Stewart book. The only books of hers I have read are the ones about King Arthur which I read as a student and also loved.


  3. I feel the same way when I look in paintings as when you saw the wardrobes! Because of the later Narnia books where they go though the painting, and also in general when I see wintery paintings or light posts…

    Michelle @ In Media Res


  4. I only read one book in the series of the Chronicles of Narnia and I should make it a point to read the rest! It’s such a classic!


  5. I love that you used to want to go into every wardrobe you saw! The imagination of a child is a beautiful thing! And the Chronicles of Narnia are such fantastic books, filled with adventure!


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