I can't believe I'm admitting this, but I've never read the Chronicles of Narnia before. How did that happen? I have an English degree! I've always meant to correct this literary deficit, but never have managed to do so.
After we saw the Prince Caspian movie, my son was insistent on us reading the book. He wanted me to read it first, because he knew I would read it faster than he would. So, I did.
I enjoyed it, although it was somewhat anti-climactic for me. I love the Pevensie children. I love that they are a family and they are happy when they are together. Their previous time in Narnia was a joyous time for them, and it's apparent that they regretted leaving. When they are called back by Susan's magic horn, their delight at returning is dulled by the knowledge that the Narnia they found, isn't the Narnia they left.
They are drawn back to help Prince Caspian obtain his rightful throne as King of Narnia.
After having heard so much praise for so many years about the Lewis' Narnia, I was surprised at how simple and easy it was to read. I suppose I expected more depth and detail. I do love the analogy of only the true believers being able to see Aslan. At first, it is Lucy who can see him and her brothers and sister don't believe her. He tells her that even if they don't follow her, she must follow him anyway. When she finally convinces them to come with her as she follows Aslan, by the end of the journey, each has had their eyes opened to the truth that Aslan has returned. A beautiful allegory.
I enjoyed the film immensely. I felt that they captured the spirit of the story, while adding the action and adventure. It was nice to have the Caspian character rounded out a bit more.