October 25th, 2008

lost in a good book

[Narnia: so great and beautiful]

Title: So Great & Beautiful
Fandom: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Rating: PG-13
Wordcount: 8514
Notes: FINALLY DONE. I started writing this the day I came home from seeing PC at the cinema, and like most of my fics written for movies it became less a sensible narrative and more a complex scaffolding on which for me to display what I thought of the movie/Caspian's character/Narnia as a concept. I'm not quite sure what it is with me and second voice when it comes to male protagonists; I think the act of addressing them helps me settle into their thoughts.

This is based on movie canon. Ergo: everyone talks slightly less like they stepped out of an Enid Blyton Special, and Caspian is not nine years old. Susan was meant to have a lot more screentime but then my Caspian developed a raging crush on Peter as well, so I had to radically readjust what the emotional drive of this story was.

Enormous thanks are due to liminalliz, who looked over my first skeleton-draft and told me what needed to be fixed. Without her this would have been a much poorer story.

Final notes: yes, I nicked a line from Peter Pan. Yes, my Heaven is less creepy than everyone else's Heaven -- I had to do this so that I didn't depress myself into oblivion. The epigraph is from Viva la Vida, around which the heart of this was woven and written -- be my mirror, my sword and shield -- oh, who would ever want to be king? -- and the title is from The Last Battle.

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