Out of the Woods Now provides an interesting quote from C.S. Lewis about the origins of the Narnia books:
Some people seem to think that I began by asking myself how I could say something about Christianity to children; then fixed on the fairy tale as an instrument; then collected information about child-psychology and decided what age-group I’d write for; then drew up a list of basic Christian truths and hammered out ‘allegories’ to embody them. This is all pure moonshine. I couldn’t write in that way at all. Everything began with images; a faun carrying an umbrella, a queen on a sledge, a magnificent lion. At first there wasn’t even anything Christian about them; that element pushed itself in of its own accord. It was part of the bubbling.
And Susan Ramsey reminds me of the old “leaked-memo scandal about HarperCollins’ intention to secularize the Narnia books.” She says, “Damned by the Rapturites, damned by the secular — the man must have done something right.”