History Literature / TheScrewtapeLetters

9th Jan '16 5:30:23 PM Jeduthun
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Adaptations of the work include a 2009 audio drama on Family Radio Theatre (with Andy Serkis, known for playing Gollum in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' trilogy, providing the voice for Screwtape) a comic book adaptation by MarvelComics in 1994, and a stage adaptation by Max [=Mclean=]. 20th Century Fox has held the film rights to the novel since 1950, but despite previous plans to partner with Walden Media to make a live action film adaptation with a 2008 release date, the project is currently in DevelopmentHell.
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Adaptations of the work include a 2009 audio drama on Family Radio Theatre (with Andy Serkis, known for playing Gollum in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' trilogy, providing the voice for Screwtape) a comic book adaptation by MarvelComics in 1994, and a stage adaptation by Max [=Mclean=]. 20th Century Fox has held the film rights to the novel since 1950, but despite previous plans to partner with Walden Media to make a live action film adaptation with a 2008 release date, the project is currently in DevelopmentHell. \n (It's perhaps worth noting that Lewis himself considered the book inherently unstageable and unfilmable, and once advised a playwright who wanted to adapt the book to go ahead and write his own story leaving Screwtape out of it!)
9th Jan '16 5:24:17 PM Jeduthun
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* BigRedDevil: Screwtape advises Wormwood to use this image as a ploy to prevent his "patient" from believing in ''real'' devils, using the fallacious argument that if "something in red tights" is obviously not real or TooFunnyToBeEvil, then Wormwood must not be real either.
9th Jan '16 11:44:03 AM Jeduthun
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** In the letters proper, he laments that they are unable to create any virtues.
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** In the letters proper, he laments that they are unable to create any virtues. virtues, and that hell has not found a way for a person to be effectively evil without some strengths of character.
31st Dec '15 4:09:15 PM Jeduthun
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* EvilIsCool: Screwtape gives Wormwood pointers on how to make the patient ''think'' so, such as introducing him to [[InWithTheInCrowd some cool "worldly" friends]], but in reality it is very much {{averted}}.
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* EvilIsCool: [[Invoked]] Screwtape gives Wormwood pointers on how to make the patient ''think'' so, such as introducing him to [[InWithTheInCrowd some cool "worldly" friends]], but in reality it is very much {{averted}}.
31st Dec '15 4:08:06 PM Jeduthun
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* TheDevilIsALoser: Screwtape is a grouchy, self-important prig with NoSenseOfHumor, working a desk job as under-secretary in the middle management of an infernal (literally) VastBureaucracy. Deliver us!
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* TheDevilIsALoser: TheDevilIsALoser: ** Screwtape is a grouchy, self-important prig with NoSenseOfHumor, working a desk job as under-secretary in the middle management of an infernal (literally) VastBureaucracy. Deliver us!

* TheDevilIsALoser: EvilIsCool: Screwtape is a grouchy, self-important prig with NoSenseOfHumor, working a desk job as under-secretary in gives Wormwood pointers on how to make the middle management of an infernal (literally) VastBureaucracy. Deliver us!patient ''think'' so, such as introducing him to [[InWithTheInCrowd some cool "worldly" friends]], but in reality it is very much {{averted}}.

* InsaneTrollLogic: Screwtape and the rest of the devils run on this. Screwtape reasons that, since there's no such thing as selfless love, when {{God}} claims to love people unselfishly, He must really be getting something from them, although nobody's ever been able to figure out what.
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* InsaneTrollLogic: InsaneTrollLogic: ** Screwtape and the rest of the devils run on this. Screwtape reasons that, since there's no such thing as selfless love, when {{God}} claims to love people unselfishly, He must really be getting something from them, although nobody's ever been able to figure out what.

* LargeHam: Screwtape, as awesomely voiced by Creator/AndySerkis in the Focus on the Family radio adaptation.
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* LargeHam: LargeHam: ** Screwtape, as awesomely voiced by Creator/AndySerkis in the Focus on the Family radio adaptation.

* NoNameGiven: Several human characters-most notably The Patient-are referred to by titles rather than by their names, which implies that devils don't bother seeing humanity as individuals and instead see them as ''what'' they are (as opposed to ''who'').
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* NoNameGiven: Several human characters-most characters--most notably The Patient-are Patient--are referred to by titles rather than by their names, which implies that devils don't bother seeing humanity as individuals and instead see them as ''what'' they are (as opposed to ''who'').
15th Nov '15 12:07:05 PM nombretomado
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** This line, by the way, was quoted by RonaldReagan in [[http://youtu.be/do0x-Egc6oA?t=2m30s his "evil empire" speech]].
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** This line, by the way, was quoted by RonaldReagan UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan in [[http://youtu.be/do0x-Egc6oA?t=2m30s his "evil empire" speech]].
6th Nov '15 10:08:03 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* {{God}}: The narrator, of course, thinks God is the {{Big Bad}} and calls him The Enemy.
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* {{God}}: The narrator, of course, thinks God is the {{Big Bad}} due to the prespective flip and calls him The Enemy.

* {{God}}: The narrator, *GodIsGood: All positive feelings are associated with "The Enemy", and all earthly pleasures as well. These things have to be perveted before they are of course, thinks God is any use to the {{Big Bad}} and calls him The Enemy.devils.

* SatanIsGood: Well, Screwtape thinks so, but he's a very UnreliableNarrator.
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* SatanIsGood: Well, Screwtape thinks so, but he's a very UnreliableNarrator.UnreliableNarrator and there's a perspective flip going on
24th Oct '15 4:18:58 PM SpectralTime
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* AllTakeAndNoGive: Screwtape's final view of Wormwood.
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* AllTakeAndNoGive: Screwtape's final view of Wormwood.Wormwood, though it is standard for ''every'' demon in the gloomy, loveless literal Hell in which they live.

* BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad: The whole premise of devils looking at God the way humans would view Satan, as well as the use of words like Lowerarchy. ** On the other hand, devils find that persons without much moral fiber, while easier to drag to Hell, make tasteless and disappointing meals. Potential saints make the best sinners, but (as Screwtape complains), virtues like courage and patience aren't naturally on Hell's side and must be perverted before they can be useful.
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* BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad: The whole premise of devils looking at God the way humans would view Satan, as well as the use of words like Lowerarchy. ** Lowerarchy. On the other hand, devils find that persons without much moral fiber, while easier to drag to Hell, make tasteless and disappointing meals. Potential saints make the best sinners, but (as Screwtape complains), virtues like courage and patience aren't naturally on Hell's side and must be perverted before they can be useful.

* BittersweetEnding / DownerEnding: Kind of. [[spoiler: The Patient is killed in a bomb blast, leaving behind his mother and fiancee, but he does go to heaven]]. ** However if you have come to sympathize with [[spoiler: stupid little Wormwood]], this ending is not at all a happy one. * BlueAndOrangeMorality: Part of the reason for the book was to show just how sinister the devil is and strip out any semblance of EvilIsCool. Screwtape's brain has been so twisted by vice and sin that it's a strangely twisted version of how anyone on Earth might think.
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* BittersweetEnding / DownerEnding: Kind of. [[spoiler: The Patient is killed in a bomb blast, leaving behind his mother and fiancee, but he does go to heaven]]. \n** However if If you have come to sympathize with [[spoiler: stupid little Wormwood]], Wormwood]] though, this ending is not at all a happy one.one for him. * BlueAndOrangeMorality: Part of the reason for the book was to show just how sinister the devil is and strip out any semblance of EvilIsCool. Screwtape's brain has been so twisted by vice and sin that it's a strangely twisted version of very alien to how anyone on Earth might think.

* CelestialBureaucracy: Hell has one (the Lowerarchy), but it's not clear if Heaven does or not. ** Presumably, bureaucracy itself is a hellish parody of freely-given love, respect, and obedience in Heaven. * TheChessmaster: Screwtape is a very good one, but there's even more talented Chessmasters in the lower levels of Hell (including [[{{Satan}} the Man himself]]). And quite a few Chessmasters on the other side, too, so that Earth is pretty much one big GambitPileup. * ComicallyMissingThePoint: Screwtape commits any number of examples, most notably with love, which he seems to think is defined as "one person's good being another person's good", and which he is convinced (though he contradicts himself on the matter) does not really exist and instead is only a cover beings have for selfish motives. At one point he alludes to the other side admitting that if the demons ever came to understand what love is then the war would be over and the demons would re-enter heaven, and says that this confirms that God's throne rests upon the secret.
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* CelestialBureaucracy: Hell has one (the Lowerarchy), but it's not clear if Heaven does or not. ** not. Presumably, the nightmare bureaucracy itself of the Lowerarchy is a hellish parody of freely-given love, respect, and obedience in Heaven. * TheChessmaster: Screwtape is a very good one, one (according to himself anyway), but there's even more talented Chessmasters in the lower levels of Hell (including [[{{Satan}} the Man himself]]). And quite a few Chessmasters on the other side, too, so that Earth is pretty much one big GambitPileup. * ComicallyMissingThePoint: Screwtape commits any number of examples, most notably with love, which he seems to think is defined as "one person's good being another person's good", and which he is convinced (though he contradicts himself on the matter) does not really exist and instead is only a cover beings have for selfish motives. At one point he alludes to the other side admitting that if the demons ever came to understand what love is then the war would be over and the demons would re-enter heaven, and says that this confirms that God's throne rests upon the secret.secret, which Hell [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove spends lots of time and resources trying to unravel]].

* CrapsackWorld: What else could Hell be? ** Earth leans toward this too thanks to the work of the demons, especially since the Earthly setting is England during World War II. ** Screwtape does worry at one point that all this misery is a strategy of 'the Enemy'. By allowing Hell's agents to turn Earth into a CrapsackWorld, 'the Enemy' is tricking them into creating the conditions for virtues of charity, compassion, and courage to emerge from the mortals who endure it. But it's against Hell's nature to refrain from making the mortals miserable... * DeadpanSnarker: Screwtape.
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* CrapsackWorld: What else could Hell be? ** be? Earth leans toward this too thanks to the work of the demons, especially since the Earthly setting is England during World War II. ** II. Screwtape does worry at one point that all this misery is a strategy of 'the Enemy'. By allowing Hell's agents to turn Earth into a CrapsackWorld, 'the Enemy' is tricking them into creating the conditions for virtues of charity, compassion, and courage to emerge from the mortals who endure it. But it's against Hell's nature to refrain from making the mortals miserable... * DeadpanSnarker: Screwtape.Screwtape doesn't usually crack jokes but he does occasionally engage in sarcasm.

* DemonLordsAndArchdevils
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* DemonLordsAndArchdevilsDemonLordsAndArchdevils: Remade from [[AristocratsAreEvil an older version]] to a [[CorruptCorporateExecutive more modern interpretation]].

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* DemonLordsAndArchdevilsEvilIsSterile: Perhaps unsurprisingly, given this novel was written by a friend of Tolkien's, but the devils of Hell don't appear to be able to advance on their own, just to create miserable parodies of either angelic or earthly things. Screwtape comments that they've been expecting success in figuring out how to instill truly virtuous sentiments in humanity for their own purposes rather than just having to work with what they've got ''any hour now'' for centuries.
19th Oct '15 5:20:30 AM Folamh3
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* TheHorseshoeEffect: The titular demon speaks about how any ideology can be used to turn a human to evil. He encourages creating zealots on both sides, and claims that after death their opposing souls can be blended into a most appetizing wine.
7th Aug '15 4:19:38 PM AdamC
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* PropagandaMachine: Crossed with EvilCannotUnderstandGood, it's clear that the people in hell, particularly Lucifer's SecretPolice, are under the belief that God is lying about loving all creation and the lie is just some sort of psychological warfare tactic. Also, even though it ''looked'' a lot like Lucifer got thrown out of Heaven, what really happened is that he left of his own accord very, very quickly.
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* PropagandaMachine: Crossed with EvilCannotUnderstandGood, EvilCannotComprehendGood, it's clear that the people in hell, particularly Lucifer's SecretPolice, are under the belief that God is lying about loving all creation and the lie is just some sort of psychological warfare tactic. Also, even though it ''looked'' a lot like Lucifer got didn't get thrown out of Heaven, what really happened is that he left of his own accord very, very quickly.out of protest. [[BlatantLies He just left so fast that it LOOKED like he was being thrown out, that's all.]]
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