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The book:

  • Cult Classic: Despite First Installment Wins, Voyage of the Dawn Treader is one of the more popular books in the series.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Caspian's ship is named "Dawn Treader". And the crew's journey is to ultimately find the Utter East that both their king and Reepicheep long to see... thus, when they finally arrive at the Utter East, the "Treader" quite literally treads the very Dawn of a new day.
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  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the fog of nightmares, Eustace mentions hearing "a huge pair of scissors opening and shutting." After about 1998 or so, this is likely to remind readers of a certain other story with a Nightmare Sequence featuring giant scissors. After about 2001 or so, it's likely to remind readers of yet another story with a Nightmare Sequence featuring big scissorsnote  — this time caused by a nightmare-inducing mist to boot!
  • Nightmare Fuel:
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  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Eustace. Apparently we are supposed to not like him, and the long list of reasons why are often told rather than shown through a Lemony Narrator. Thanks to Values Dissonance, at least some of them can also sometimes seem almost like Lewis was just trying to make Eustace hated. Then The Silver Chair comes in and now, Eustace is treated positively—though this was subsequent to his rather extensive Character Development throughout Dawn Treader.
  • Values Dissonance: Many people today may not find too much wrong with Eustace's family, as was described in the beginning — though others may argue that the issue was with "faddism" as the likely motivation behind their lifestyle, rather than with their lifestyle per se.
  • Values Resonance: Caspian's argument against the pro-slavery ruler on the Lone Islands. While almost everyone already agreed that slavery was bad at the time of writing, at least in the "Western" world, the Governor's advocacy of ruthless profit-seeking and economic development at the expense of human dignity touches on larger issues which were not as widely current then, and modern audiences are likely to find Caspian's smackdown of the same at least as satisfying as the original readers.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: The last couple chapters are rather ... surreal.
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    • Perhaps because they're moving closer and closer to Aslan's country, Narnia's equivalent of Heaven.
    • Or, to use a non-Christian parallel, they're on a vision quest.

The movie:

  • Broken Base: This evokes this even more than the other two adaptations. Detractors don't like it because it adds an antagonist that didn't exist in the book, a Gotta Catch 'Em All plot involving swords and also a shorter running time. There's another subset that don't like it because it has a different director and therefore a different style from the first two. On the flip side, its fans argue that it needed some kind of narrative to help it flow better as a film (the book being a Random Events Plot) and they also enjoy the increased screen time for Edmund and Lucy.
  • Cliché Storm: The mist and sword plot created for the movie is this for some.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Will Poulter's portrayal of Eustace went down very well with fans.
    • Likewise Liliandil was warmly received, and the name she got in the film is taken as canon.
  • Fridge Brilliance: With Word of God confirming that the green mist was caused by the Lady of the Green Kirtle, it makes sense why she murders Liliandil in the next book. Liliandil was the one who told the Pevensies how to stop her first plan.
  • Fridge Horror: Lord Rhoop, the one found on the rock in the middle of Dark Island, has likely been constantly fighting his worst nightmares with no food and no rest for years.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Considering Disney and Fox are set to merge at the time of this writing, that would essentially mean all three Narnia films would be under one roof.
  • Ho Yay: There's a bit of it between Caspian and Edmund, though the film does point out that Caspian views Edmund (and Lucy) as his family.
  • I Knew It!: A small one. Fans expected that Ramandu's daughter would get Named by the Adaptation (as it had happened to a few other characters in previous films). Liliandil is accepted as canon.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The sea serpent especially when it splits open!
    • And Dark Island.
    • The Green Mist.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: A lot of fans preferred Ben Barnes's performance as Caspian in this - since the character Took a Level in Kindness and Barnes was using his natural voice.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Subverted. Though Eddie Izzard's performance as the voice of Reepicheep in the previous film was highly praised by fans, Simon Pegg's turn in the role in this film has been embraced with equal enthusiasm.
  • Special Effect Failure: The first appearance of the green mist.
    • The cgi dragon looks extraordinarily bad for something in a film that came out four years after Eragon and fourteen years after Dragonheart.
  • Tear Jerker: Reepicheep's farewell and subsequent departure into Aslan's country.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Needless to say, a lot of fans did not like the added plot about gathering Aslan's swords or the green mist.
  • Trailer Joke Decay:
    • Liliandil suggesting she change form if they find it too distracting, Edmund and Caspian shouting "no!" and Lucy rolling her eyes. It was in every trailer.
    • To a lesser extent, the minotaur making Eustace faint and saying "was it something I said?"
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: You don't have to like the adaptation to admit that it's pretty.

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