The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Any cinematic adaptation of a popular literary work must find a balance between hewing to the book and appealing to moviegoers. The stakes in this case are well-known: the fate of the Narnia franchise depended on Voyage of the Dawn Treader's box office take. In order to appeal to the largest and most reliable crowd--families with young children--the screenwriters had to keep the plot fast and simple enough to ensure that kids wouldn't get confused or bored. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is more challenging to adapt than other books in the series because of its lack of an obvious conflict and its episodic, slow-and-go narrative. For the film, the writers added an enemy (green mist), merged several book scenes, and changed the order of events to create a buildup of dramatic tension that wasn't in the book. Aside from the contrived Green Mist archenemy, I think they did a very good job.

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