Today’s challenge is hosted by Jenica from Firewhisky Reader. Her prompt is to describe your favourite winter scene from a book and explain why you want to be in it. As I’ve previously mentioned, snow is an alien concept to me. I’m pretty sure I would not thrive well in a snowy environment. I’m finding the current winter nights (13° C) only hard to bear, which should give you an idea of how I might feel stuck inside a winter scene. Nevertheless, I do have a favourite scene to talk about from a beloved children’s classic, so let’s get into it.
My favourite, or rather, most memorable, winter scene is from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis. The Narnia in this book is under the spell of the witch that causes it to be permanently winter there. It starts to thaw when Aslan arrives in Narnia and the witch’s powers begin to weaken. I might be cheating a bit choosing this, but it’s the scene I could most relate to as I had never experienced snow and because things started taking a hopeful turn in the story at this point as well. The signs of life and joy were finally bleeding back into the land. Father Christmas visited the children (sans Edmund) and the Beavers on their journey to the Stone Table to meet Aslan, giving them gifts that they would find useful in the days to come.
This was the first time I read about children receiving gifts such as swords, bows and knives. The kindness and lovable bickering of the Beavers was something I had always wished to experience for myself. So here I am, fulfilling that desire in words, if not action. I would have liked to receive a floor-to-ceiling shelf full of books, installed in my room (much like what he does for the Beavers), so that I can jump around in excitement when I get back from my adventure, and perhaps pick up a book when I’ve suitably calmed down. And perhaps a magical object thrown in for good measure, because why not? I’d have loved to walk around Narnia in spring time, just as the ceaseless wicked winter gave way to a world of beauty, colour and song.
I’m choosing this scene because of the incredible world-building, the sweet and relatable characters (I always thought I was more Lucy than Susan, and later, Jill) and because of the wonderful nostalgic feeling it brings. This book introduced me to fantasy. I remember sitting in my fourth grade classroom, leaning back in a relaxed circle as my class teacher read out the story for the entire class to enjoy. I had never wanted her to stop because I was always curious to know what would happened next. It was the first book I bought (in a book fair that used to happen annually in our school, set up by Scholastic) and the first I re-read. It’s the first book that had a scene where I cried over a character. It’s the first book I recommended to another human being (my mom, who found it too strange for her liking). I was a reader even before this, but The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe made me fall deeply, madly and irrevocably in love with reading. Now, thirteen years later, here I am, gazing back in time, abandoning reality and trying to envision myself in a world that only exists within the pages of a book. Honestly, it’s an incredible and magical feeling.
Can you tell I had a lot of fun writing up this post? I have actual goosebumps now (and, for a change, not from the cold)! What is your favourite fictional winter scene? Which is the book that made you fall in love with reading? Let me know in the comments section down below.