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October 16 in Sci-Fi History: Smallville by way of Narnia

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Oct 16, 2017

It was on this day in 1950 that C.S. Lewis first published The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

 

The book is the first of seven Chronicles of Narnia novels, which all follow the Pevensie children (Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy) as they traverse a fantasy land with talking animals and, later, Tilda Swinton.

 

The book is an allegory of the passion of the Christ (most of the Narnia books have some pretty deep Christian symbology and story). It has been adapted to film, theatre, and radio.

 

Also, it should be noted, if you're into fantasy lands but have a hard time figuring out the moral lessons, there's a much sexier version of Narnia called Fillory in the Lev Grossman The Magicians novels and the TV show.

 

Also, it was on this day in 2001 that Smallville premiered on The WB.

 

Developed by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, the show followed the adventures of a young Clark Kent and took creative spins on the Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster Superman stories. Also, Amy Adams!

 

Smallville ran ten seasons, concluding on May 13, 2011.

 

Tomorrow: Even more Superman stuff!