November 19th, 2005

WTF George by <lj user="leelastarsky">

The oddly numbered Chronicles of Narnia

First, I must say that a day spent with books is just never, ever bad. I owned four of the Chronicles of Narnia (The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe; The Voyage of the Dawn Treader; The Horse and His Boy; The Magician's Nephew), and today, I wandered into the library as a regular library user, and checked out Prince Caspian, The Silver Chair, and The Last Battle. I read them all in a lovely day of ignoring writing and housework to just yum-up the stories. I'm pretty sure I'd read them all before, but not entirely--I hadn't touched Narnia for years. No animosity, just no real zest for it.

What set me off on this was only partly the upcoming movie, or rather an offshoot of it. Over at Snopes, there was an article about people asking why TLtWatW was being billed as "Book 2 of the Chronicles of Narnia." Which made me scratch my head and go "HEH?" because Narnia was arbitrarily assigned children's status at my library, and I'm therefore not handling the books all the time, and had no idea that about fifteen years ago, the publisher decided, based on an offhand comment of Lewis's, that the books were going to be renumbered.
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