Reviews for The Problem of Peter
VL chapter 1 . 1/8/2013
My pen name over at is Violets and Lillies, but the name box won't give me that much space.

I heard this piece several years ago, before I had an account, and liked it very much! My own account is just a around 2 weeks old and I remembered this fiction and your other piece on Susan (I read that way-back-when too).

I think they could help me with a fiction crossover I'm about to embark on. Screwtape on the Pevensies (or some such title). A Screwtape-Narnia crossover. I'm just beginning to piece together my thoughts. I like your ideas of Peter's weaknesses!

As you can guess, Screwtape will be writing about how to tempt our kings and queens. I was wondering if you might think of a parable or verse in which Screwtape might pervert in order to sckew Peter's thinking? Maybe a biblical person that he would like Peter to have as an example vs. one he wouldn't want? The Rich Young Man or Saul vs the Peter (from Bible)...can you think of someone else?
Unfortunatley not a Peter chapter 1 . 4/2/2011
Loved this, I've gotten so lost and jumbled from the Prince Caspian movie that I rather lost the true Peter. Must say, the movie Peter was abysmal. You notice that he if I remmber correctly, never actually apologizes for his behavior? And when they meet Aslan at the end he does not seem at all guilty!Hmph

Laura chapter 1 . 6/29/2008
The new film certainly exploits this very astute!

I have yet to fully reread the books but i think you are right..Peter's downfall is in beliving himself to always be right!
Katako-Chan chapter 1 . 5/24/2008
Oh, this was great! I would like to know if you intend to write essays for Lucy and Edmund as well :D

Great job!

Morohtar chapter 1 . 12/17/2007
I followed this from fanfiction dot net - I'm glad I did.

This is a good analysis of Peter - I think that a case could be made for vainglory and a tendency towards violence as a solution, but your analysis is as good as any.

I think where your analysis falls down is that you fail to take into account the role Peter plays in Narnia as High King. While this does not impact on every action you analyse, some of them are certainly much more explicable in the light of this role.

Peter is the High King, and that is an office which comes complete with a lot of responsibility AND a degree of protection. For example, he is not censured by Aslan (we assume) for getting the rings and planning to give them to Eustace and Jill. Why? The conclusion I would come to (which others may disagree with) is that Peter's actions (after his corronation, and possibly even after the killing of Maugrim) enjoy a certain protective charism which prevent them from being "wrong".

This is not to say that Peter can never make a mistake, but within a certain narrow realm he is always assured of being right.

Of course, this analysis is taken from the notion of the inevitable comparison between the High King and the Petrine office within the Church - as you said in your "Susan" essay, you were not necessarially drawing on the Christian elements of the stories.

Anyway, I think that your analysis was very good and a definite "must read" for people wanting to write an effective Peter.
floppyearsthebunny chapter 1 . 11/18/2007
Excellent. This was great. How cleaver of you to discover Peter's flaw. I shall have to go back and read the chronicles again. It was staring me in the face the whole time and I didn't see it.

Floppyearsthebunny (from fanfiction dot com.)
Cirolane chapter 1 . 10/9/2007
Wow, I've never thought about Peter like that. If someone would ask me what Peter greatest flaw would be I think I would've said that he's too brave and thinks everything is his fault. But maybe that comes from me reading too much fanfiction and not having read the books in a while. Your thoughts on this is really interesting and I think you're quite right.
Nirnaeth Arnoediad chapter 1 . 10/4/2007
This is a nice analysis of Peter's character, and really quite insightful. Thanks for the great read!