6/3/13

Faces of Narnia

by Lydia
     Book covers are wonderful things. I once heard a designer say that each book has a face. Maybe that's why I find myself looking for books with beautiful covers ... beautiful faces to match their stories. 
     What did Narnia's face look like when you first read it? My brother and I were given this set for Christmas, so the first Narnian book I read had the light blue cover in the right bottom corner.

     A few more topics to discuss in the comments ... which character is your favorite? Which book is your favorite? And who introduced you to Narnia?

25 comments:

  1. I was introduced to Narnia when my Uncle Bob and Aunt Heather gave me and my brother our first set for Christmas. I'm sure we read "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" first and I'd have to say that it's my favorite. Can anything compete with the wardrobe? Beyond that, I've always loved "The Horse and His Boy" but it's hard to decide between "The Horse and His Boy" and "Prince Caspian"

    My favorite characters include Susan (all of the Pevensies, actually), Tumnus, Caspian, and Trumpkin. The DLF =D

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  2. If I was pressed to choose, my favorite book of the series would be Voyage of the Dawn Treader. But really, they're all so good it's nearly impossible to pick just one. As for my favorite character, that's also pretty difficult to decide. And quite honestly it's been a while since I read them. I've always loved Reepicheep, so that's what I'll say for now. As for who introduced me to Narnia, I think it was my uncle. I got a gigantic volume of all the books in one for Christmas one year, and after that I was hooked.

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  3. Hmmm . . . my Narnia editions don't look like any of those, but I think they were probably quite old, or just solely British or Australian distrubution covers. I'm not sure. Either way, these covers are simply lovely!

    I rather introduced myself to Narnia - I came straight off The Hobbit and looked about for other childrens' fantasy stories, and Narnia fit the bill perfectly, with the bonus of being a long enough series to keep me out of trouble for a while yet. "The Last Battle" remains my favourite, just for the pure emotional value. And I have so many favourite characters I'd be a complete waste of my time trying to list them all. There's characters I love, characters I hate, characters I love to hate, characters I respect but don't like, characters I want to like but just can't quite . . . ah. Lewis, you marvellous man for creating so many wonderful people for me to feel so conflicted about.

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    1. There are a LOT of different covers. And I would imagine there are even more if you factor in British/Australian covers. And the all-in-one books.

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  4. My dad gave my mom a set of all the books for her birthday. I was as excited as she was and read one book after another right away. I actually think I loved them more than my mom did. xD It's on my bookshelf now, and I'm pretty sure I've read each book at least twice (some 3-4 times). Everything about the series is just so brilliant, especially the characters. *v* There are so many good ones, but I'd have to say that my favourite characters would have to be Lucy, Edmund, and Eustace. :)

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  5. Well, up until now the movies are all I've seen. My grandma sent me the first movie for my birthday one year. When I found out that there were more I attempted to read them, but didn't. Now I actually am, starting with LWW.

    My favorite of the movies is Prince Caspian.

    My favorite character is Peter. As a king in Narnia, he is a strong, brave, caring person. He loves his people and would do whatever it takes to protect them. As a brother, he loves his sibilings more than he loves himself and would die for any one of them. When he's not trying to prove to Caspian that he is a better leader, he truly is a great person.

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    1. You know, sometimes I really can't decide between the Pevensies. So I don't.

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  6. The top middle cover is my sister's copy, and the first I came into contact with, and the bottom right hand is mine, which I lend to my church library.

    My mom found my sister's copy at a library book sale and bought it for her, but I was so weirded out by the cover, and by a radio show I heard about Aslan's sacrifice for Edmund, I refused to read it. So Mom had to pull out the big guns and checked the BBC version out of the library (this predated the new movies), whereupon I was hooked.

    I don't have a favorite character, but The Horse and his Boy is my favorite book, closely followed by The Last Battle.

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    1. Oh, so you originally watched the old movies? I've been told that they're terrible, but I haven't watched them yet.

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    2. Well, the new ones didn't exist yet. I don't consider the old ones terrible, but the special effects are, admittedly, lousy, and the girl they had play Lucy was a bit too old.

      However, the did a better job following the books, so I wasn't too disappointed when I actually read them. (for some odd reason, if I watch the a movie before the book, I'm more disappointed by deviations than if I read first.)

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  7. My dad was a huge Narnia fan, so my family had several copies. Some of my earliest memories are lying on the floor listening to him read; we'd been through the whole series before I could read. I believe we now own the top right set, the top middle set, and maybe the bottom left. I'm not entirely sure about that one, though the cover is hugely familiar.

    I always liked Lucy, since she was the one I related to the most. Caspian is great too; I love how detailed his childhood and backstory is. Strangely enough, my favorite book, The Silver Chair, has none of my favorite characters. I just thought princes getting rescued from underground witches was interesting. If you couldn't tell from above, my father is the one who introduced me to Narnia.

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    1. Come to think of it, I believe my Dad read LWW out loud to us when we first got the set. =)

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  8. I looove that blue edition. We have an all-in-one-book edition, with the map of Narnia on the front. It's actually annoying because you have hold the whole mammoth thing, even if you just want to have a quick read through one book.

    My mum introduced me to Narnia!! (I'm so glad she did!) She used to read it outloud to us, every couple of months. Then we got it on dramatised CDs. That was epic. Seriously.

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    1. Yeah, big books aren't as cool as they look =(

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  9. :) I remember giving those books to you and I'm so glad that you fell in love with them! They are definitely a favorite of mine and always easy to pick up again and again. Looking forward to reading them with my boys soon!! The DLF has to be one of my very favorites, and I love the conversations Lucy has with Aslan.

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    1. Sam read through the entire series seven or eight times! And last year we all listened to an audio version with Jason, because he couldn't quite read them to himself yet.

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  10. OH, and the first time I read L,W,& W it looked like the top right...I think probably I picked it up after one of my brothers read it at some point :)

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  11. I read the top right set. I really like the top middle cover, though.
    My mom had the series, on a special bookcase full of her classics/favorites, and then I picked them up.
    As characters, I really liked Lucy, Tumnus, and Aslan. He was pretty awesome. I'll have to reread these again soon.

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    1. My favorite is the bottom middle cover =)

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  12. This is really an unfair question.
    I'm always changing my favorite, but right now it is probably "The Horse and His Boy", and my favorite character is Scrubb, or perhaps Puddleglum.

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    1. Yes! Yes. The Horse and His Boy. Lovely.

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  13. Puddleglum is my favourite character, and the Silver Chair and the Horse and His Boy are my favourite books. I loove Lazeraleen. Easily forgotten, but she's Aravis' friend in Tashbaan. We have the dramatized audio books, and the person who does Lazeraleen's voice... just hilarious.

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  14. I grew up reading the sort of oddly Deco set on the top right. Now I think I have the top middle set, though very honestly, I don't remember for sure, and I'm not home to check right now.

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