I have read and loved both the Chronicles of Narnia and the Lord of the Rings, but I find Lord of the Rings more captivating. The passages in his works speak to your soul subtlety. An example in The Hobbit is when Bilbo and the dwarves are traveling through the Forest of Mirkwood. They are warned by Gandalf and Beorn not to stray from the path. As long as the follow the path they will make it to the other side of the forest. Their rations and their spirits run low and when they see some elves feasting in the distance off the path, they leave the path to follow after the light of the elven party. When they arrive the elves disappear and reappear somewhere else. The company continues to chase after the elves and head deeper into the dark forest and never attain what they thought they wanted from the elves. Then ensues a rough time for the whole company (including being wound upside-down by oversized spiders and taken captive by the elves of the forest) and it is a long time before they are able to continue on the path they had left.
“Be on your guard against the first movements of passion… Unless I am mistaken, you are very impressionable on this point, and it is hardly in your power to control these passions once you have let them enter your heart. First of all they occupy your attention; then they take up your time and application and make you neglect everything else, so that in the end, when they begin to die down, you feel lost, so to speak, so far away from God. You have strayed off the right path and not knowing how to find your way you are in danger of wandering in any direction to which nature calls you. This is why you must fight against the first movements of passion and prevent them if possible by great recollection.” **
I hope you are able to see the correlation here that I do.
The movies we watch, the music we listen to, and the books we read have great sway over which thoughts occupy our minds. Do you fall asleep with a song going through your head? Do your dreams contain scenes from movies you watched? In your mind, do you compare your companions to characters in books or think about the plot while in Mass? Be on guard about what you allow to influence your imagination. If you read Catholic authors such as Tolkien, the themes he slips in will occupy your thoughts and will help you develop a Catholic imagination. Such an imagination will help you stay on the path.
**St. Claude de la Colombiére Letter 13. S. Sympohorien d’Ozon, 1679.