Friday, April 5, 2013

E is for Edmund the Just

I realize the last three letters were very Star Trek heavy.  So I'm taking another turn!  As a reader and writer, I love "The Chronicles of Narnia" series.  It's such a beautiful story and has such truth to it.  My favorite of the Pevensie children is Edmund.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Wait a minute... your favorite is Edmund?  I know you are thinking that.

Edmund, the betrayer.  His character is mischievous and he really cares about no one but himself.  He was rude to his family and betrayed them for a few bites of Turkish Delight.  But Edmund doesn't stay the same person.  He changes throughout the story and becomes a different person, a better Edmund.

King Edmund the Just.

I love his transformation throughout the story from a boy into a young man, who is courageous and honorable.  I love the King he becomes in "Voyage of the Dawn Treader" and how he learns from his mistakes.  Queen Jadis, the White Witch, tries over and over again to tempt him to return to her.  Edmund doesn't forget it was Aslan who defeated the White Witch and he doesn't give up trusting Aslan.  He doubts in the beginning, but Edmund promises never to forget again.

Edmund's story is of redemption and trust.
Voyage of the Dawn Treader
"The last time I didn't believe Lucy, I ended up looking pretty stupid."

Who is your favorite character in the Chronicles of Narnia?  Do you think Edmund is the character who changes the most?


Camp NaNoWriMo Update:                                (because I'm crazy and doing the A-Z and Nano!)
Title:  "Breathless"
Genre:  YA/NA Urban Fantasy
Goal:  30,000

Day Four11,041

A very good day of writing!  I did a nice #1k1hr sprint with some other writers and added to my word count so far.  I wrote 1,606 words.  I am officially 36% of the way through the first rough draft!  Whew - it's coming along!  If you are doing Camp NaNo, how is your novel coming?


  1. I remember reading "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe back in school....., but that was a long time ago.

    I should really go back and read/re-read the series.

  2. It's been years since I read the CoN, but I recall liking Lucy a lot.

    I'm doing Camp NaNo but I'm not nearly as far. My goal is 25K. Good thing it's only April 5th! Good luck!

  3. I don't know if I could pick a favorite Narnia character. I like Puddleglum from THE SILVER CHAIR, Reepicheep is always fun. And Edmund's story certainly makes him a likable character--probably because so many of us identify with his journey.

    CoN is a great series. I should probably re-re-re-read it sometime soon. :)

  4. I never read the books (sorry)...we did see the play a couple of years back, though I don't remember enough!

  5. Sometimes the best characters are the ones who start off rotten and change during the course of the story :)

  6. I can relate to Edmund! Middle Child Syndrome! LOL

    Jana @ A Novel Reality

  7. It's been years since I read the Narnia series, but I think Edmund is the human character I remember the most about, since he was so naughty.

  8. I love Edmund too!! You've had such great choices, I'm really enjoying your posts :)

  9. I absolutely adore Edmund. He came through some hard times, and he learned and grew from his mistakes. I love stories of redemption and hope, and Edmund was probably my earliest example of that, since my mother read The Chronicles of Narnia to me and my sister at bedtime when we were little. :)

  10. Edmund is pretty amazing. :) I love his relationship with Eustace in Dawn Treader, the simplicity with which he's able to fogive because of his own past.
    By the way, my 5-year-old daughter Lucy calls herself "Lucy the Valiant" and calls her baby cousin Edmund "Edmund the Just." :)

  11. I love that Edmund is one of the more complex characters. All of the Pevensies undergo change, of course, but his is remarkable.

  12. I love Edmund, he's my favourite too. I really liked him in Prince Caspian in the film when he saved Peter from bringing back the White Queen even though Peter was treating him really horribly; he made a mistake and he learned from it which ended up spacing a lot of people. I really wish they'd make all the books into films as I think they'd all be brilliant!x

  13. I completely agree with you. I always relate to the characters who make big mistakes and I love them for it!
    p.s. I LOVE your blog header!!! It's gorgeous and perfect for a YA writer.

  14. I must say that Edmund is my favorite when I think about it.....and his transformation is the greatest. :)

  15. Great choice for E, never read the chronicles of narnia although it sounds great.

  16. Congrats on the progress!

    It's been ages since I read any of the books (like 20 years ages) so it's a bit fuzzy, but I do remember Edmund went through a great development.

  17. Aslan was by far my favorite character in the movie, I never read the books. But, although I liked Aslan the best, I would have to agree with you, Edward did grow the most of all the characters.
    Shawn at Laughing at Life 2

  18. Edmund was a fascinating character. I do think he's the one who changed the most.

  19. All of the Pevensies go through a sort of maturation, but Edmund's is by far the closest to identify with. Aslan, the great lion, was always a fave for me.

  20. Great wordcount. Kudos to you for NaNo & AtoZ! And I love Edmund, such a great character.

    E = Elegance & Euphuism

  21. I...have actually only read The Magician's Nephew, though I have seen the most recent movie for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

    My friend has informed me that, as a writer and specifically a fantasy writer, this is a gross oversight and a sin of the highest order. Thus, I have promised her that I will make every attempt to at LEAST read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe this year.

    Congrats on your Camp NaNo word count! That's amazing. I think I'm still in triple digits...oops? :-)

  22. Once again, I have not read The Chronicles of Narnia, but I will!

    Awesome job with the NaNo word count! Keep it up! :)