- Why I like them: She thinks of the practical things! She remembers to take coats into the land of forever winter. She very reasonably asks why the beaver is talking.
- Why I don’t: She doubts. Honestly, Susan has always made me a little uncomfortable because I see some of my traits mirrored in her. She is quick to skepticism, dismissiveness, and snark.
- Favorite line: It’s a line from Lewis, in one of his letters.
“The books don’t tell us what happened to Susan. She is left alive in this world at the end, having by then turned into a rather silly, conceited young woman. But there’s plenty of time for her to mend and perhaps she will get to Aslan’s country in the end… in her own way.”
- Favorite outfit: Her dresses in the movies!!
- OTP: Susan/a kind, warm young man who understands her
- Brotp: Susan/Peter
- Head Canon: I don’t think she feels that close with any of her siblings. She leaves for America before the siblings can really grow and connect with each other as young adults.
- Unpopular opinion: Ohhh ho ho. First of all, I think many fans misunderstand why Susan was not a “friend of Narnia” at the end of The Last Battle. We must remember several things:
1) Susan doubts easily. We have seen that, even when surrounded by Lucy’s faithfulness, Susan cannot bring herself to trust in faith alone. She’s weak - like most of us!
2) The Pevensies didn’t understand Susan well.
3) The Pevensies were in the “new Narnia” at the end of TLB because they died. Susan was still living. Of course she wouldn’t be there.
Susan falls away from the Faith as a young adult. That’s it. That’s the case for many of our family and friends, I would imagine. Her siblings, who have never had patience with her shortcomings, instantly misunderstand and dismiss her as being obsessed with nylons and lipstick and invitations. That is a symptom of worldliness. Susan’s trying to fill an emptiness in her heart. Her siblings should have tried to reach out and understand her. Susan, since she is still alive at the end of TLB, can come back to Narnia. That’s the entire point of salvation.
Who says the condescending lines about Susan forgetting Narnia? Peter and Eustace.
Who says “Once a king or queen of Narnia, always a king or queen of Narnia”? Aslan.
I’m going to trust the creator of Narnia, thank you very much.
- A wish: I wish Philip Pullman didn’t have an unfortunately placed stick in him about Lucy and Susan. I wish J.K. Rowling and Neil Gaiman would use critical thinking skills to understand that nylons and lipstick is about vanity and worldiness, NOT SEX. I wish everyone would stop being idiots about this.
I wish he and other fans understood that Susan forgetting Narnia/falling away from the Faith represents an extremely common event for Christians. It’s not the end of the world.
Honestly, if you think that a) Susan never comes back to Narnia, and/or b) Lewis’ treatment of Susan reveals his dislike of women or his anti-feminist whatever, that ensures that I’ll never take you seriously.
- An oh-god-please-dont-ever-happen: stop kissing Caspian
- 5 words to best describe them: Thorough, skeptical, lonely, practical, inconstant
- My nickname for them: Susan