Yesterday was this week’s “day off” / Sabbath, and I spent some of the day reading Prince Caspian in prep for the movie coming out May 16th! I wasn’t counting on reading the whole thing, but… it reads fast.
There are a lot of college ministry tie-ins for the upcoming movie I would probably try if I was leading a ministry right now, so I figured I’d pass these ideas along. These suggestions can be mixed-and-matched over the next few weeks…
Read the book. I was extremely glad I had re-read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe before the movie was released. Not only was the film extremely faithful to the book, but there were several points watching the movie version of LWW when I was able to get really excited about how they “translated” the book onto the big screen – including especially the opening scene.
So obviously, one option is to read Prince Caspian before the movie comes out. Like I said, I read it in a day EASILY.
But since we’re talking college ministry here, you might want to hold a “reading club” among your college students. I don’t know if this is a good book to read portion-by-portion over the next few weeks (it’s short and fast-moving), but you could certainly try that. However, it might be better just to announce that you’re all reading the book, and then have a chat/forum/party to discuss it the week the movie comes out.
For you church-based guys and gals, this could be a particularly good way to involve your “away students” immediately as they come home. Get in touch with them now, with the challenge to read the book in time for the Prince Caspian Party.
Here’s the book and some Narnia sets at CBD. (The stand-alone book is only $5.49, and shipping is cheap – especially if you buy a bunch for your students!)
Dive into the book. Once people have read the book, it could be a lot of fun to chat about it with that little one-time book club. There really are spiritual themes in this book, as there are in all the Chronicles of Narnia.
However, the themes here are a little less “obvious” than the clear connections to the Crucifixion found in LWW. Discovering the themes is part of the fun, though, right? And Prince Caspian is a book far, far fewer of your students (or you guys) have read, I imagine, which make things all the more enjoyable.
One idea for a “book club” is to encourage students to do their own digging to find out more about the background of Prince Caspian. The internet is full of Google-able resources for discovering C. S. Lewis’s intentions and the ideas behind the book. (To whet your appetite, you’ll find Prince is directly connected to the Reformation… while promoting themes of courage/bravery AND obedience – even when we have to “go it alone” to obey Jesus (including around other Christians). Good times!
There’s also plenty of digging to be done at the official movie site, as you may know. You can find that right here.
Watch the movie(s). One of my fave activities with college students is to hold multi-movie events. Of course, you could simply go watch the new movie as a group sometime after it’s released.
BUT THAT’S KINDA BORING.
A better plan is to join together Thursday night, May 15th, watchin’ “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” widescreen DVD on the biggest screen you can find. THEN, head to the local cineplex that’s showing “Prince Caspian” [full title is actually “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian”] at midnight, savor it with gusto, and head back home for a happy night’s sleep. You’re bound to have very adventurous dreams.
(If your local cineplex isn’t showing PC at midnight Thursday night / Friday morning, then you can watch LWW Thursday and go Opening Night to “Prince Caspian,” or you can watch ’em both on Friday night!)
It is ALWAYS worth it to see a movie like this on Opening Night. Not only do you get the camaraderie of joining with bunches of other cool people in a jam-packed movie theater, but you’ll be ready to spread the word about this show when people ask.
Have fun! If anybody wants to watch it with me… I’ll probably be in Ohio.
Written from “home” in Durham, NC