Book #36: On Stories

On Stories: And Other Essays on Literature by C. S. Lewis is a wonderful collection of thoughts from Lewis on writing. He discusses some of his favorite genres, his writing process, and some works of other writers during his time period, including his good friend J. R. R. Tolkien. I loved getting to read Lewis’ thoughts on literature and his love of fantasy and science fiction, which resonated deeply with me since I enjoy those genres as well. I so enjoy being able to see into the mind of such an interesting and astute person. There are so many good quotes in these essays, delivered in his usual wonderful wit, I wanted to share a few:

No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally (and often far more) worth reading at the age of fifty…The only imaginative works we ought to grow out of are those which it would have been better not to have read at all.
– “On Stories”

When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.
– “On Three Ways of Writing for Children”

Since is it so likely that [children] will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage.
– “On Three Ways of Writing for Children”

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