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View Poll Results: What order?
Written (LWW, PC, VoDT...) 86 45.74%
Chronological (MN, LWW, HHB...) 89 47.34%
Other (Please specify) 13 6.91%
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Old 06-14-2005, 12:30 PM
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I don't know ... See Inked's Brilliant Post on previous page and always start with LWW! MN fills you in on the background, but LWW gives you the fresh, exciting, wonders of Narnia!
I must say, I read the whole series (or at least most of it) when I was the 5th grade...about 15 years ago, and I remembered shockingly little of it. So little that I might as well not have read it at all, because I didn't even remember Aslan. When I found out about the new movie a couple months ago I went and purchased one of the new sets printed in chronological order, and I'm almost through the 3rd book so far. (The Horse and His Boy, in this printing.) I didn't know there was any controversy over the printing, so I just dove right in to the Magician's Nephew.

My point, though, is that I felt extremely excited about the creation of Narnia, and my introduction to Aslan in this book. I don't know if the LWW felt any less special to me, but I know I liked knowing more about the White Witch and Aslan as I was reading it. So, I would guess that anyone who is uptight about a particular reading order is probably just looking at it from a biased view - that's the way they read it the first time, so everyone should, etc. I doubt it matters at all.

Now, if someone starts telling people to watch Star Wars in chronological order, then I might have a problem with that!
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WHAT you don't watch STAR WARS in chronological order?!

Now you've got the idea.
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Depends entirely on the context and the audience- I read TMN to my class this year, they loved it, but they were lukewarm when I read LWW. Interest was spurred by the upcoming movie. The children I teach are ages 8-12 so read into that what you will but TMN was far more engaging for them.
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I'm all about reading them in published order (the *cough*right*cough* order). It seems to stay closest to C.S. Lewis' intentions and the growing depth he gives to the Narnian world to read in that order. And I think LWW does so much better in giving Narnia that feel of magic and fantasy and everything than in TMN where it's the last of a series of other worlds and therefore somehow (to me) doesn't seem quite so fantastic and doesn't do Narnia justice.
Plus, I think it's a lot nicer to read TMN towards the end because then you can be amused at knowing more than Diggory and Polly know and you can fully appreciate the scene of Aslan in the circle of animals. You know what's going on, what it becomes and why and can really get into the spirit of enjoying seeing the creation. I don't think you can really appreciate that wonderful moment of creation without already being in love with Narnia from the other books.

Besides which,there's something to be said for reading the books in the order in which Lewis wrote them- follow as he develops his world further and enjoy the development. Forget the whole 'hindsight' thing of chronology.
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To put it simmply, READ IT THE WAY HE WROTE EM!
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I read them in Narnia chronological order. I'd already seen all the movies so it didn't spoil anything. Besides...the book I was reading was all of the Narnia books put together in Narnian time order, and I wasn't going to go from reading the middle of the book to reading the end, then the biginning..lol.
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I'm personaly reading them in chronological order, but I want to read them in the right order. what is the right order?
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Chronological in Narnia:

The Magician's Nephew
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Horse and His Boy
Prince Caspian
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Silver Chair
The Last Battle

Publishing Order:

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
Prince Caspian
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Silver Chair
The Horse and His Boy
The Magician's Nephew
The Last Battle

You pick which one is the 'right' order...lol. To me the right order is Chronological, but everyone has their opinion.
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No prob.

Last night I ordered ALL the Narnia books from Amazon. WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.

I got the book that has all the Narnia books in one. Its the only 'set' I've ever read and I like it.

Can't wait till it gets here!
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