Prince Caspian was the topic of conversation during dinner with my daughters last night. My older daughter had seen the latest Narnia film with some high school friends on Sunday afternoon.
Last Friday, I escorted my younger daughter and some of her fourth-grade classmates to a special showing for their school class. The kids cheered loudly and enjoyed every moment of the film.
I didn’t get it. To me, it was two hours and 20 minutes of sword fighting and talking rodents — an exercise of endurance.
But then, our different tastes help make the world more interesting.
Thanks to Cliff Vaughn’s good review over at EthicsDaily.com, I understood enough of what I’d seen to converse with my daughters. (Bottom line: fantasy books and films are not my thing.)
My daughters followed the story closely and made emotional connections with the characters — something I clearly failed to do. They related the story to the earlier film — which I had also seen but didn’t “get.”
There are probably unlimited reasons why we can read the same books or see the same films and come away with very different reactions. Some of it is tied to age, experience and interests.
But it seems that expectation also plays a major role. I did not share my daughters’ anticipation of this newly-released film.
The chances of getting something good from an experience are greatly enhanced when we expect such results.
Perhaps I should have given the prince a better shot. But it felt to me like being forced to watch an NBA final while a perfectly good baseball game was on.

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