Is watching the film before reading the book punishable by death??

Heyy bookdragons.

YES, THE TRAIN HATH FINALLY ARRIVED AND MY ‘LETTUCE DISCUSS’ POSTS ARE HERE!! Let’s all have a doughnut to celebrate! Today we shall be discussing whether watching the film before reading the book can be acceptable, in my opinion.

(By the way, if you hadn’t noticed yet, I love food, hence my blog name Booked to Perfection (like cooked to perfection heheh I am pun king) and of course the name of my new discussion posts, Lettuce Discuss because I LIKE LETTUCE OK?? Plants and I have a very close relationship.)

Now lettuce start this post before it flees the country or eats all of the lettuce in my fridge.

So, my question: is watching the film before reading the book punishable by death?

Most bookish humans would say “yes, you traitor” and throw me off a mountain. Buuuuut, is it really betrayal? Does it actually matter which you do first? Why do most people think that it does matter??

I want to start off by saying that, personally, I’m not against watching the film first because, well, I do a lot.


Here are just a few of the books that I read after watching the films:

I don’t think I disliked a single book on this list, so… does watching the film first really make any difference to the way you see the book? Here are a list of reasons why I think watching the film first can be acceptable.

films are a lot easier to advertise than books

For me this means that I’m more likely to discover the film before the book because films are allll over the place: on transport, on TV, on social media, in magazines… but books are advertised less in public and more in the sphere of book lovers, so won’t necessarily be seen around and about as much as films.

Obviously discovering the film first doesn’t happen with every single book I read, but it does happen a lot. Sometimes watching the film first can be purely accidental if you found it before you found the book; for me this is especially true when I watched films as a child and didn’t even know how to read yet, so I didn’t have much choice, I just stared for hours on end at the meaningless words. I wasted so many of my smol years desperately wanting to know what those weird jumbled up letters really meant… *sniffs*

going into books blind is difficult for me


If I know what roughly happens in the book because I’ve seen the film, then I can read it with no surprises because I am NOT a fan of surprises, people. I DO NOT LIKE. If there are any surprises, I’d have already experienced them watching the film in which they wouldn’t have hit me as hard, because we all know books are better when it comes to surprises.

And yes, some of you will probably think that films just spoil the surprises, maybe by changing a few lil details, or by ruining the entire plot of the book altogether.

But, as I said before, I don’t mind spoilers (well… to an extent) because in a film they’re not explained in much detail so I might not even fully understand the ‘surprise’ until I read the book and I’m not completely smacked in the face with shock. Watching the film first also means that, when I do read the book, I don’t have to skip ahead or look up any spoilers online because yes, I’M THAT PERSON. I have skipping ahead syndrome. Cry for me.

watching a bad film is better than reading a bad book

Films aren’t as precious to me as books are because I am a smol pineapple who loves to read books. I still love films, especially the Disney kind, but books are more important to me, which is why I don’t like reading books that I don’t like; and reviewing bad books is DIFFICULT, peeps. Basically when I watch a bad film, it isn’t a big deal for me. But I hate hate hate reading bad books!! From the film I can get a good inclination of whether the book will be good or not and whether I should read it.

Of course, as most bookworms know, this isn’t always true because films can just be horrible and not give books any justice (*cough* Percy Jackson), but what we have to remember is that the film and the book shouldn’t be identical in every single way, because they’re separate pieces of art and should be treated that way. Books and films are completely different things, so why compare them so much?? Doing something different and exciting, as well as roughly keeping to the plot and the characters is what I like to see in a film. I think the reason so many bookworms don’t like film adaptations is because of their expectations from the book, but if you watch the film first, you can enjoy it without high standards you’d have reading the book first.

That, my cheese pasties, is why I think watching the film first can be acceptable. I’m not saying I always watch the film first, because most of the books I read are more underrated so don’t have films adaptations. But I do enjoy watching films, and believe that they’re a great way to advertise books, so if there’s a film of the book, I’m more likely to read it.

Of course, I completely understand why a lot of people disagree with watching the film first, mainly for the bad acting, especially with kids in YA adapted films, who can completely ruin a book whether you watch the film first or not. I know that some plot changes and cut scenes can also give you a negative opinion of books.

But, let’s be real here, books will always always hold a special place in my heart, as well as every other bookworm’s, due to their beauty and detail and lovable characters and twisting plots and the chance they give to let one’s imagination run wild and explore new worlds… I guess films can’t really give to you what books can because you can’t imagine for yourself, but neither can you argue that films don’t have their own beauty. This post is getting really flimsy, I’m sorry.

Thank you all for reading! I really hope you like this post, and if not, please feel free to give me some tips in the comments, as well as chat with me about all things books and films. Do you agree with me? What are your favourite film adaptations? Lettuce discuss.


Cover reveal ~ Lightporter by C.B. Cook

Hey bookworms. Today I’m just doing a short post but it’s an exciting one!! Your kitten socks just fell off it’s so exciting. Yes, it’s really happening, Lightporter by C.B. Cook is about to be released!! BUT NOT YET SO STOP SQUEALING. However you can squeal a teeny bit because the cover has just been released and it’s beautiful argh I love it. Firstly, here is its brother, Twinepathy.


I like the first book cover, but just look at this one. LOOK AT IT. It’s simple and distinguished and the colours are so so beautiful. I love how the mask has taken a more cunning sort of look, if you know what I mean. ARGH IT JUST SO PRETTY.

I feel like I’m not worthy to be posting this because, although I have Twinepathy on my kindle, I am yet to read it. Treacherous, I know. But my excuse is that I’m awaiting the release of Lightporter so I can read them back-to-back, as is my habit.

Goodreads: Twinepathy and Lightporter

Amazon: Twinepathy (and for fellow Brits, here’s the Amazon UK link)

C.B. Cook: blog, pinterest, goodreads

IDIA: pinterest (group board)


Mini reviews ~ Michael Morpurgo

Heyy all. This month I decided to read a few of the gazillion Morpurgo books that have been waiting on my bookshelf to be read for a couple decades because they were feeling a bit unloved. The ones I read are more like stories actually being told to you than books, which makes them all pretty short, so I’m doing mini reviews for them in one post. Hope you enjoy!

Little Manfred

Who knew that one small wooden dog could have so much history behind it? When two mysterious men turn up on a beach, young Charley and Alex are determined to find out how their lives have intersected before. But for that, they will need to go back twenty years, to WWII and the people from opposing sides of the war that it brought together.

I read this book a long time ago and adored it, and still do now. It’s just such an incredible story of the war and, through all of its horrors, the smidgen of good that came out of it. The book is told in different parts: how the two pairs meet, the story the two men tell the children, their reunion with the children’s mother, and how after so many years, they can all finally let their wounds of the past heal. As we all know, I love a good war book with flashbacks and individual stories of how the war impacted people in so many different ways. A wonderful story told with wonderful illustrations. Clover count: ♣♣♣♣♣♣♣♣ (8/10)

Billy the Kid

80-year-old Billy is sitting on a park bench, watching a football match and reminiscing about the days when he was out there, on the pitch, scoring goals for Chelsea. That was before he was torn from his home and family to the terrors of war. From playing football to the chants of “Billy, Billy the Kid!” to kicking a ball around with fellow soldiers in a prisoner-of-war camp, Billy never loses the hope of some day returning to the pitch. But to do that, he has to escape the camp and wander across Italy’s countryside to France, to the Americans, to safety, and it’s going to take more than a few football tricks to achieve.

Even though it’s about football which I’m not particularly a fan of, this book was probably my favourite of the four, maybe because it was just about one person and their experiences. I know most of these books don’t have very many characters either, but this book felt a lot more personal and I liked that. Billy told the whole truth, his flaws and his strengths, although there wasn’t much room for emotion, which is the one thing really missing from a book about war and life and death and family and friendship; but I shall accept it because in this type of story when it’s being told to you, there isn’t meant to be much emotion. Also, the young couple who let Billy live in their house after the war were so squishy-hearted and I’d love a lil story on how they met and their lives as kids and all that. I must write to Morpurgo immediately. Clover count: ♣♣♣♣♣♣♣♣ (8/10)

The Dancing Bear

This is the tale of an orphan girl who finds a bear cub in the mountains where she lives, and the story of them growing up together. When a film crew arrive to shoot a music video in the village where they live, the now very large, grizzly bear is asked to dance in it. But how can you persuade a bear to dance?

This book was the shortest and because of that, it was probably my least favourite? The characters were slightly dull, but maybe that was just because there wasn’t much space for them to grow, in a sense. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t enjoyable though; the drawings were beautiful and I loved how the story was told. Bruno, the bear, was the cutest and I want a pet bear please now so we can run away together, into the mountains and escape the horrible human things of the world. BEARS ARE JUST SO CUTE ARGH. I mean, when they’re not, you know, trying to eat your face and all. Overall, this is a beautiful but sad little tale of friendship told in a lovely way, as expected from Morpurgo. Clover count: ♣♣♣♣♣♣♣ (7/10)

Farm Boy

Young, um do they even tell us his name? I honestly don’t think he has one. I shall just call him Phil. So, young Phil feels most at home when he’s on his Grandpa’s farm down in Devon, driving his Grandpa’s tractor. But there’s a deeper meaning to why this tractor is the pride and joy of the family, and Phil is longing to discover what it is. Grandpa’s stories have always been one of his favourite things, along with raindrops on roses, obviously, and this summer, Grandpa might just tell him a tale, or even two, that he’ll never forget.

YES I KNOW THIS IS THE SEQUEL TO WAR HORSE WHICH I HAVEN’T READ BECAUSE I’M AN AWFUL HUMAN BEING. But who even needs to read War Horse when you can read Farm Boy in which Phil’s Grandpa basically summarises it in 10 pages at the start?? If you’re confused, Phil’s Grandpa is the son of Albert from War Horse, and Farm Boy, thought it never specifies when it’s set, is probably sometime in the 21st century. I love Devon and all things to do with farms seeing as farms and I have a close connection and always end up living very close to one another? So we know each other intimately. I also loved the characters and (mild spoiler) how Phil taught his Grandpa to read and it was just the cutest lil thing because I love my grandparents and there is a lot of grandparent appreciation in this. YAY FOR GRANDPARENT APPRECIATION. Clover count: ♣♣♣♣♣♣♣♣ (8/10)

There you have it peoples! I feel like shorter books like these are more difficult to review than larger books because there really isn’t much to talk about?? But I did still enjoy these stories. Short and sweet, right? What do you think about short stories?

5 popular YA series that I’ve never read because I’m a traitor to all bookworms

Heyy bookish people. I know, I know, this isn’t a discussion post, WHERE ARE THEY SIMI, SHEESH? Well, I’m glad you asked because they… are on their way! As I said, their train is a bit hung up at the moment. BUT THEY WILL COME. However for now, I’m listing 5 popular YA series I’ve never read because, yes, I’m a disgrace to the bookworm society, and I just want to shout that out to the whole world. Be grateful peeps, because these are some pretty big confessions I’m making and it’s not gonna be easy for me so have some respect.

And yeah, maybe I am a traitor to bookworms but, in my defense, I’m more into underrated books for a handful of reasons:

  • they’re cheaper – like all bookworms, I always think about price first because why spend £10 on a hyped book in Waterstones when you can get a possibly-slightly-less-hyped book for 50p in a charity shop? it’s called thinking practically.
  • hyped up books always have a lot of very mixed reviews – it’s inevitable that when so many people have read the same book, they’re all going to have different opinions of it; some might spit on it, while others might praise it to the stars. what’s wrong with having opinions, Simi? you may ask. well, when 5 of my blogging friends have reviewed it, all with completely contrasting reviews, who am I going to listen to, huh? that’s like choosing between my children and no one would do that, sheesh
  • underrated books most likely don’t have a film adaptation – watching films first and then reading the book (which, I confess, I do way too much) kind of ruins the way I picture everything in the book. even if I have read the book first, what if I decide to reread it? this happened with A Series of Unfortunate Events: when I reread the books, I was so angry because I couldn’t get the image of the film characters and scenes out of my head, and that bugs me a lot. if there’s no film, there’s so much space for my imagination, and the story feels like it wholly belongs to me, and I love that feeling.

Anyway, here’s my list of popular YA series that I’ve never read. Please don’t hurt me because I WILL READ THESE. At some point.

The Hunger Games cover.jpg1) The Hunger Games – I’ve seen the first film? I didn’t enjoy it massively? The only reason I watched it was because of the actor who plays Peeta, and I did like the characters, juuuust not the whole concept of kids being sent to die and all that. I’ve read about worse stuff that happens to adults, but kids? It just hits you harder I guess. They’re (mostly) so squishy and innocent. Imagine being that kind of squishy lil childling then BAM you’re chosen to participate in a ‘game’ where your only goal is to kill basically everyone you see and stop everyone else killing you – ‘everyone else’ being OTHER SQUISHY CHILDREN – and if you don’t die brutally, you have to live with the fact that you killed other squishy children for the rest of your life. Like, dude. Dude. But, knowing me, it’ll probably end up in my hands one of these days.

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2) The Lunar Chronicles – I have a friend who used to be obsessed with this series, and I’ve honestly always wanted to read it but never found the time. Hopefully I will soon though because these books sound amazing and I love fairytale retellings so I can’t wait. I don’t think I’ve read a sci-fi dystopian thingy before though, but that makes me even more excited. Look at me trying new genres and making history. (Also, Trinity reviewed this series a few centuries ago on my blog [which you can check out here] and she loved it so I should probably read it)

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3) Divergent – unlike The Hunger Games, I’ve seen all of the Divergent films and honestly, they weren’t too bad. I think the first film was the best one, but I’ve never even touched the books. I have another friend who’s obsessed with these, soooooooo I might borrow them from her, although I already know the ending because my Lunar-Chronicles-obsessed friend spoiled it for me. Ok, ok, maybe I told her that I was never gonna read the series and that I didn’t mind if she told me… honestly though, I hate going into books blind and I tend to explode if I don’t know what happens next. Normal people just read the book to find out the end, but I can’t do that ok?? With some books yes, but there are a few too many books that even before I read them, I knew their endings. So yes, maybe it’s a good thing my friend told me the ending, or… maybe I just need to sort out my reading habits.

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4) The Maze Runner – maybe this shouldn’t be on my list because I already have it on my bookshelf all shiny and new and colourful… and unread, so maybe it should be on my list as a reminder of the disgrace I am to bookworms. I haven’t even seen the films, probably because I’m pretty intent on watching them after reading the books, which I will read VERY VERY soon because I need to get into another series but I’m struggling because of the remnants of Heroes of Olympus still giving me a bit of a book hangover. After 4 months, I am still being crushed by those feels… it’s painful.

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5) The Mortal Instruments – I definitely don’t want to read this just because Lily Collins is in the film… although to be honest, that is literally all I know about this series, so I obviously must know more by reading it! Which I hopefully will do soon because – you guessed it – my Divergent-obsessed friend is also obsessed with this series and – you guessed it again – I can borrow the series from her. Also, Cassandra Clare and Rick Riordan are apparently really good friends and I love Riordan, so hopefully I’ll love Clare too 🙂

So there you have it: 5 popular YA series that I’ve never read. But will read! At some point. Have you read these series?? Do you recommend? Or are you a traitor like me and have never read them? Lettuce discuss.

Sketching in snow

Between Shades of Grey ~ Ruta Sepetys

Heyy bookworms. Today I’m doing a review on Between Shades of Grey (it is actually Gray, but I’m a proud Brit so yeah) by Ruta Sepetys! The wonderful Alyssa recommended this on her blog, and if you read her review, you’ll notice that our opinions on Lina are very controversial… but that’s only inevitable because I’m Gryffindor and she’s Slytherin, but she’s a fabulous watermelon so there is only peace between us. Moving on, this really was an excellent book that just had to tug at my heart strings so that by the end of it… let’s just say I was a bit of a mess. But I’m recovering and currently not so feels-crushed that I can’t write a review for y’all.

WWII is raging and innocent people from the Baltics – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – are being deported to Siberia and forced to work in labour camps. Trapped between the two leading powers, Russia and Germany, the Baltics are helpless and vulnerable under Stalin’s tyrannical rule over them that the rest of the world is oblivious to. Among the deportees from Lithuania is Lina and her family, torn from their comfortable home and loving father onto a train to a fate worse than death: a life of starvation, ridicule and ruthless treatment. Lina and the deportees’ only hope is the thought of freedom, returning home, feeling the sun on their faces once again and reuniting with their loved ones. But in this world of darkness, can there be any hope, any light between the shades of grey? With nothing left to do but obey orders and stay silent, what can a passionate girl like Lina possibly do? Within the prison she is kept in, her only hope is to draw and note down everything she encounters, so that some day she can find her father and be free at last.

Wow, so this book kinda left me speechless. Well, not actually speechless because I’d probably sit in a dark hole and weep forever if I couldn’t talk. Let’s just say I had few words. I can’t remember if I actually cried at any point in the book? Maybe once or twice, but it’s not really a book to cry about. It’s more of a book that you’d swallow in one gulp and just sit for around 12 minutes just whispering ‘woah’ to yourself repeatedly. This is a really ‘woah’ book, I’ll put it that way. The history is so so terrible and it’s such a moving tale of friendship and family and love and hope and having faith even in the darkest of times. It was just… woah.

I really liked the characters. Jonas was adorable and squishy and I find it so sad just how much he was forced to mature due to everything that was happening. For a 10-year-old to go through everything he did is just so so sad. Lina and Jonas’ mother was alright, but she wasn’t my favourite of the adult characters. I liked how Miss Grybas softened throughout the book, and although it took him a lot longer to soften, the bald man was actually one of my favourite characters. Sure, he was bitter and resentful to almost everyone, but he felt very realistic and I liked that. Andrius felt like every teen boy ever, very ordinary, but his character became increasingly complex as the story continued which I enjoyed. I admit, the romance was so predictable from the minute he was introduced but he was a good character.

The writing was utterly beautiful. It reminded me a lot of The Book Thief, as the style seemed very similar. The only problem with this book was that, even though it was written in first person, Lina’s voice lacked much emotion. The writing was beautiful, but Lina seemed a bit like an angry pebble: she was very relatable, yes, but she expressed her feelings, which were pretty strong, mostly through her actions, rarely going deep enough to actually describe the complexities of the emotions occurring inside her. When there was a twist in the story or something shocking happened, I only ever saw the description of the event, hardly ever how Lina actually felt inside. Basically what I’m saying is that the book felt more like a third person narrative. The aim of first person is to really get inside the narrator’s brainforest (best word ever, I know), but for me, there wasn’t much to explore. Her brainforest was a barren land of empty with maybe a few lonely shrubs.

This book is so educational too. Before reading it, I didn’t even know that this had happened to the Baltic states. The whole situation must have been completely drowned out by the rest of the war at the time, which is why it’s so so important that we now know what really happened, even if it was so long ago. This novel is based on real memoirs told by survivors of what happened, which just makes it even more moving. I just thank the author for bringing this to light, because there really is a lot to be learned from this book, which is why you must read it immediately, or else I will grill you and eat you with BBQ sauce.

Clover count: ♣♣♣♣♣♣♣♣ (8/10)

The last revolution

Crannig Castle ~ Morgan Elizabeth Huneke


I’m so sorry, children. I’ve been an awful mother to you the past 2 months or so with the pathetic amount of posting I’ve done. My excuse? Um, well I was on holiday for a bit. I… had to do some stuff. Crazy busy, as you can see.

But I’m back! Let’s throw a party!! Ok, party over, let’s move on to what you’ve all been waiting for… *drumroll* …a review of Crannig Castle by the utterly fabulous Morgan Elizabeth Huneke! I’m telling you guys, she’s a genius. I’m pretty sure the link on her name above takes you to her blog? So yeah, go explore after this review…

The Time Captives have reunited, freed the rightful king of Calhortz and now they have one last mission to complete in order to defeat the strytes: gather an army. Five groups set out to unite slaves, kalicans, merpeople, elves and the people of Briznom. However each group must face their torturous pasts, and reconcile with people they had longed to forget, so as to recruit a big enough army to end the reign of the strytes. No one said it was going to be easy, but the Time Captives have only one chance to save this world they have discovered and finally return home. But with the cruel and powerful Toarna in their way, and the fear of facing the ghosts from their pasts that have haunted them for so many years, will the Time Captives ever succeed? What if no one is willing to fight? Will they be trapped as 12-year-olds in this world forever?

I’m so upset to be finishing this series!! I don’t read much Christian fantasy, but this has definitely encouraged me to find some more. The story was constantly twisting and turning, never losing the reader’s interest. I liked how everything was neatly tied up at the end, but I feel like I could have had more feels. It was just a little too perfect? A little more battle would have been nice, and I know the Time Captives’ weapons were basically enchanted to fight perfectly, but I think it’s a teensy bit unrealistic for there to have been next to no deaths. And there was so much probability of there being a death because there were so many characters. I felt like ten Time Captives was enough for the story, but then there was Adriel, the king of Calhortz, his family, a handful of elves and then darling little Peetur who I felt was completely forgotten about? He was adorable, but also slightly irrelevant to the story. There were just too many characters, which made it difficult to actually connect with all of them. Most of the less important characters were totally forgotten about and there would have been no change to the story if they just weren’t there. Also there were fewer past chapters, which were my favourite chapters in the previous books. And just a lil question, what does everyone look like? There was little description, even of hair colour, so it was hard for me to picture the characters because imagery is one of the most important things for me in a book.

And George my darling boy. I was hoping him and Cam’s (Camthalion is too long a name for me I’m sorry) little reconciliation would be more… I don’t know, deep and full of feels and maybe if there was more shouting at each other… basically just more because George and Cam were alone for 40 years, people, 40 YEARS, and yet their reconciliation was just “hey, I forgive you, it’s cool.” 40 YEARS, children. It was a lil disappointing.

Yes, I know it sounds like I hated the book and it was so disappointing and you should throw it deep into a damp pit, but as you can see, I’m literally nitpicking the negatives because it was an excellent book overall, it really was! I loved the Theodore backstory and just Theo in general. I adored the little letters at the end! I honestly cried so much reading them. SO MUCH PEEPS. Even if you hate the book with all of your cold, stony heart, those letters will make you give it five frickin stars. They were the best touch, so thank you Morgan. The sibling love in this was the cutest, by the way. And all the love basically. Eleanor’s story crushes my soul. Adriel’s story melts my squishy heart. Not really a fan of Adriel and Jill? I know nothing actually happened between them, but I totally ship Adriel and Emily…

THE SCENE WHEN EMILY SHOOTS (spoiler) AND SAVES (spoiler)’S LIFE AT THE END WAS MY FAVOURITE THING EVER. I think I actually cried because throughout the whole series the sibling rivalry was so hot and then there was this scene of perfection and argh. I love the sibling relationships in this so much. Bit upset that the two didn’t talk about it or properly reconcile or hug or anything afterwards? But I guess saving each other’s lives is a normal sibling thing in this trilogy. Oh well, I shall weep silently.

Another thing I really liked was just the style of the story. It felt very C.S. Lewis with a hint of J.R.R. Tolkien, but at the same time the story was so original. I loved how there were classic fantasy elements like dragons, pirates, merpeople, but also unique new ones like strytes, kalicans and, of course, Time Captives. At times it did feel a smidgen cliché, but the mix of old and new was a nice touch. I feel like there’s more to say, but I left this review too long so yes throw eggs and tomatoes at me for my procrastination. But basically this trilogy is my favourite.

Clover count: ♣♣♣♣♣♣♣♣ (8/10)

Fact File: C.S. Lewis

Heyy bookdragons.

I know what you’re going to ask. “Simi, where hath you been?? It’s actually quiet for once around here” and ya know what? That’s a great question that I can’t even think up an excuse for. I’ve fallen ill with laziness? Will that suffice?

You’re probably also wondering where those discussions I was talking about are. Well, unfortunately, they got on the wrong train and went all the way to Alaska instead of the UK, but they say they’ll be here within the next couple of weeks – which here means “I am slightly avoiding writing a discussion post because I don’t know what to write about or how to write it and I am struggling but will hopefully conquer my fear soon and stomp on it violently (but not too violently because I’m a calm person, obviously) and actually write a post, for Zeus’ sake.” After all my laziness with posting, you guys deserve these discussion posts. I will try to post one soon but I’m not making any promises because I’m a nasty and unpredictable bookdragon.

(If you have any ideas or advice for my discussion posts, please giveth!! T’would be very appreciated.)

Moving onward, I have very kindly wrapped with a silk ribbon a lovely fact file on C.S. Lewis for all you Narnians because The Chronicles of Narnia are everyone’s fave. Enjoy 🙂

Clive Staples Lewis:
Gender: Male
Age: 64 (deceased)
Occupation: writer, literary critic, theologian
Famous for: Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters
Lewis was born in Belfast, Ireland in 1898 and fell in love
with animals and stories at a young age. As he grew older,
his tastes changed to poetry and mythology. He grew up as a
Catholic, but abandoned his faith in his teens soon after the
death of his mother. During his time at university, he was sent
to fight in World War I, which confirmed his atheism. However,
in his early adult years, he converted back to Christianity and
wrote The Pilgrim's Regress, followed by other Christian fiction
that has named him one of the greatest British writers of all
time, beloved by millions. In 1963 he died of kidney failure,
but his works are still affecting the world to this day.

To learn more about C.S. Lewis, click here.