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Subjective tropes for the book series as a whole:

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  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Eustace Scrubb and Puddleglum usually top the list of fan-favourites.
  • Epileptic Trees: One such theory recently turned out to be true! A researcher found a thematic link between the seven books and the seven major planets (see Lewis' other best-known work, the Space Trilogy).
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: "The Last Battle". The children will live in Narnia forever, which is what they always wanted (Narnia being Heaven), but it's still jarring to realize that, in our world, they're all dead.
  • Mis Blamed: Some assume Susan was left out of Heaven due to pursuing "nylons, lipstick, and invitations", i.e. maturing, rather than the fact that she... y'know, isn't dead yet. On the other hand, it should be noted that Jill's and Polly's (and by implication, Lewis's own) opinion was that Susan's notions of "maturity" were, in fact, immature and shallow, as Susan thought "growing up" meant going to parties and gossiping. Aslan makes it clear in Prince Caspian that growing up and actually maturing (even leaving Narnia behind for living on Earth) is a good thing. Word of God in a letter from Lewis to a worried reader was that Susan was still alive in England and 'might very well get back to Narnia in her own time and her own way'. Susan was possibly meant to show how one could turn one's back on Grace, but as Aslan says, once a King or Queen in Narnia, always a King or Queen. Given Lewis's personal history, it's probably safe to say that, to his mind, those who turn away from Aslan get the chance to turn back.
  • Real Women Never Wear Dresses: Again, Lewis's critics accuse him of pulling this in his treatment of Susan compared to the other female characters.
  • Tear Jerker: Yes, it's all very wonderful for Peter, Edmund, Lucy, etc. that they get to go to heaven with Aslan and live forever in paradise. But Susan (ignoring any discussions on why) has just had her entire family, including her parents, killed in a horrific accident. May also double as Fridge Horror.
  • Unfortunate Implications: The fact that the Fantasy Counterpart Culture of the Middle East is on the side of evil has been a point of controversy ever since the books were first published.
  • What Do You Mean It's for Kids?: The Mole is recruited when the Big Bad gives him a drug addiction, as magic gives starch and sugar with lemon and ground, boiled rose petals the addictive punch of crystal meth. Then, Santa Claus hands out weapons to the child heroes. Peter: Sword, Susan: Bow, Lucy: Dagger, Luftwaffe: Groups of long-range heavy bomber aircraft that can destroy cities.

Subjective tropes for the Walden Media film series as a whole:

Notes

  1. Namely, Maugrim makes some taunts to Peter and ends up pouncing right onto Peter's sword, even when Peter literally has the sword blade inches from Maugrim's snout.
  2. And some of the male population too.
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