November 25, 2012   40 notes   

A Coworker and I just got into a fight about this so now I have to ask the internet

Narnia.  Do you read them publication order or chronological order?

Which is to say - do you start with The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe or The Magicians Nephew?

Which is also to say - are you a decent human being or are you a philistine?

  1. ilivelikeanarnian answered: Read the books in chronological order!!!
  2. stormneedle answered: Both ways. I’d recommend the publication order first, though.
  3. heylabodega said: TLtWatW first, then read them in numerical order, including a reread of TLtWatW. Keep having to stop in the middle of Silver Chair because it’s creepy. Cry when you get to Last Battle. Be introduced to the lifelong heartache of nostalgia and loss.
  4. mar-see-ah said: Obvi the first time you read them you go publication order. Then you dip into the books (mostly tltwatw) as needed. Then you go back and read them chronologically. Then you obsess over tmn. Then you give them all up because PROSELYTIZATION TO KIDS IS BAD.
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  6. laurensclosetisreallybig answered: Magicians Nephew-Narnia existed before Lion Witch & Wardrobe and then continues on…
  7. ambienne answered: publication!
  8. transformativetidbits answered: Publication, because I like seeing the evolution of Narnia as Lewis constructs narrative, rather than just chronologically after the fact.
  9. thewomanofkleenex answered: I read them in the order in which they are numbered in my box set.
  10. ackb said: This is the most hipster question I’ve ever heard you ask. (Tho you’re right, obviously)
  11. booksavvy said: Publication.
  12. daughteroftime answered: I read them in publication order, starting with The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe. That’s how they were when I 1st read them.
  13. missshirley answered: Publication, obvs. Aka the way the author intended.
  14. aclikeslater said: I read The Magician’s Nephew first because my middle school librarian told me that was the correct way.
  15. sexartandpolitics answered: publication of course how is there a question?
  16. servingbowl answered: lion, witch and wardrobe first
  17. misslibrelula answered: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe! :D
  18. shutupandbuckleupisback answered: Publication! Otherwise SPOILERS.
  19. thecommonlibrarian answered: I read them in publication order when I was a kid, and when I was finished, my father gave me TMN. I couldn’t believe my luck!
  20. treebourbon answered: Chronological.
  21. flannery-culp said: chronological.
  22. caracaracara answered: Chronological, of course.
  23. localisedinfamy said: I think it depends on the child. I found Magician’s Nephew to be more interesting read afterwards because of the things you notice, but it also felt disjointed jumping to completely different characters when you’ve gotten attached to the kids.
  24. timholtorf answered: I started with the Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. And to be honest, they were my mother’s copies.
  25. tsgphd-hbic said: I only read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I loved it, so I have no idea why I stopped there.
  26. librariansoul answered: As a child I read them in publication order, but the most recent time I reread the series I read them chronologically. So … both?
  27. annaverity answered: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, ~*obviously*~.
  28. thesarcasmofsamwise answered: chronological. I first read them in publication order, but it makes more sense the other way
  29. ryanvoid answered: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. CONTINUITYYYY
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