Monday, May 26, 2008
In Defense of Ramandu's Daughter
I will be the first person to admit that I enjoyed this pairing. The subtle but sweet romance between them was a very enjoyable part of the film and I think it worked with their character arcs.
However. (Mild Spoiler warning)
One of the outcomes of this that some Narniawebbers predicted was that C+S lovers would then go on to hate the Caspian/Ramandu's Daughter pairing in Voyage of the Dawn Treader. I didn't pay much attention to that at the time because Caspian and the Star's daughter end up married- and what is a teenage flirtation compared to that?
Well, turns out I was wrong. We've got facebook groups going up now to champion the C+S cause. *sigh*. That's what happens when you stray even a little from the book. You end up creating a whole generation that is ready to totally throw the books away and create their own endings.
I'm sorry but that just really fustrates me. I loved the small romance (as I said before) but I'm certainly not ready to throw the Star's Daughter completely out of the picture! She is Prince Rillian's mother for goodness sake's! (And not to mention my favorite hero, Tirian's great-something-grandmother!)
There is no possible way that Susan and Caspian could end up together. She is barred from returning to Narnia- and even if she does end up in the "New Narnia" at her death (Once a King or Queen of Narnia, always a King or Queen of Narnia), she could not possibly "marry" him there since we know that in heaven there is neither marriage nor giving in marriage. (Not to mention the fact that without the Star's daughter, neither Silver Chair nor Last Battle could come to pass!)
So we are going to have to be satisfied with the fact that Susan and Caspian- like thousands of other young people- grow up, move on with their lives, and don't marry their high school sweethearts. Does that mean that their future spouses won't be even better than they would have been for each other? Of course not.
Friends, wait for Ramandu's Daughter. The filmmakers know that they have to make her a lovable and worthy character to suceed Susan in Caspian's heart. Because, remember, the moment Caspian sees the Star's Daughter, he falls in love with her. She is true love. She is the one he waited for.