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  • Dahl, C.S. Lewis Rap Battle

    Last night while reading Roald Dahl’s Matilda with the kids I laughed pretty hard on reaching Matilda’s assessment (and of course, Dahl’s) of C.S. Lewis.

    “I liked The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” Matilda said. “I think Mr. C.S. Lewis is a very good writer. But he has one failing. There are no funny bits in his books.”

    A fun way for Dahl to say some things about great works that preceded his, since Matilda reads a lot in the book. And she loves Dickens at every opportunity. Even though he was Mary Sue-ing here, I have to agree. When a book doesn’t have any humor in it, it doesn’t ring true to me. It’s a reason I read little sci-fi for a long while, because it seemed in an effort to be taken seriously, authors eschewed humor. Or maybe most simply weren’t funny, it’s hard to say. It’s something that has plagued comic books in recent decades too. I think it’s been improving though.