A commenter on Vox Popoli brought this to my attention again, though I had seen the scene I’ll be referring to on TV. Unfortunately I don’t remember the thread or I’d give him credit, but the information is publicly available regardless.
So, in the Narnia book “Prince Caspian” Susan Pevensie, one of the four Pevensie siblings who became Kings and Queens in the first book (and the infamous Susan who is “no longer a friend of Narnia” in “The Last Battle”), mostly plays the role of bitch. I’m really not reading anything into the text here. Susan almost outright says it to Aslan in apology at one point. She has let “fear overcome her” on the journey to Aslan’s How, and because of this she had been nothing but nasty and unpleasant the entire trip, expressing more skepticism than any of the others at Lucy’s claims of seeing Aslan.
After she admits her fault she becomes little more than a passive observer. Her role for the rest of the novel is pretty much limited to Aslan scooping her and Lucy up and carrying them through Narnia.
Early in the novel, before they all reach Aslan’s How, the main action we see from Susan is an arrow-shooting contest between her and Trumpkin the dwarf. She gets upset at the idea of even this small bit of conflict, and takes special care to try and spare his feelings.
In “The Horse and His Boy” when the possibility of war between Calormene and Narnia is raised she literally starts to cry. In the series she is the only Pevensie sibling to never actually appear in battle.
All of this is really a prelude to make sure all of you understand how ridiculous this scene is, which was added into the Prince Caspian movie:
The girl in the middle there fighting? The one with the bow and arrow on her back, taking out full-grown soldiers through a combination of slashing and ninja-archery? Yeah, that would be Susan. You can see her doing it again in the final battle.
There will be some strong language past this point, so prepare yourself (not a lot):
Susan’s title in the series? Queen Susan the Gentle.
Queen Susan THE GENTLE.
Leaving aside the fact that Lewis’s views on female fighters would certainly have precluded him from including this scene in any case, Susan is, literally, probably the LAST CHARACTER IN THE ENTIRE SERIES to be seen in the middle of a battle, taking out full grown male soldiers, in battle armor, by spearing them in the chest, on the run, with an arrow.
Susan, who got upset when she beat a dwarf in an archery contest.
Susan, who cried at the mere possibility of war in “The Horse and His Boy”.
Queen Susan the fucking GENTLE is in the middle of two battle scenes taking down full grown soldiers in hand-to-hand combat (What else do you call stabbing somebody in the chest with an arrow?)
The Walden Narnia movies could not have gotten her character more totally, utterly wrong if they had tried. Did they even read the series? Any of them? It’s not like this is some sort of subtle clue, that is actually the title Aslan gives her at the end of the first book.
Right, that’s all. Carry on now.