The Null Device

Following the explosive popularity of the Harry Potter books, publishers HarperCollins have been looking at their own brand of children's fantasy classics; i.e., C.S. Lewis' Narnia books. HarperCollins and the Lewis estate have unveiled a plan to publish all-new Narnia books, written by unnamed hacks authors for a contemporary audience. Not surprisingly, the new books will not have the element of Christian theological allegory that Lewis' books had, as HarperCollins presumably don't wish to restrict them to the Christian media ghetto, alongside Left Behind and DC Talk CDs. There will also be plush toys of the characters, and possibly other tie-ins. Meanwhile, purists have decried the move as a cynical attempt to cash in.

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