I understand: C.S. Lewis was an academic, a scholar, he had all that learning that he wanted to use in God’s service, and over the years he’d gotten used to thinking like a college professor… because, after all, he was one. So it’s unlikely that this problem could have been avoided.
Well, his friend J.R.R. Tolkien warned him–all that “magic” stuff is going to turn some people off your books.
It makes me wonder: to what degree can a writer put himself in the reader’s shoes? And to what degree should he?
If you’re a writer, it’s a question that just will never let you alone.