Chronicles of Narnia

India
January 21, 2011 8:28am CST
Why has CS Lewis didn't actually numbered the books. I don't know whether "Magician's Nephew" is the first part or is it "Lion witch and the wardrobe". To me, both goes well as a start up for the chronicles. Which do you think is the 1st book?
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• United States
23 Feb 11
Chronological Magician's Nephew comes first, but it was a prequel (A story that comes before but is written/published later). The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was the first published. Different publishers arrange them differently based on whether or not they want to use the chronological or published order. Personally I think that Magician's Nephew works best when it's read as a prequel, after reading Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. But that's only for first-time readers. I think second or third (or in my case... tenth. lol) time readers should read them in chronological order.
• United States
28 Feb 11
No... I wouldn't suggest reading Magician's Nephew first for everyone. I recommend The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe for first-time readers who are starting the series. Magician's Nephew can go first... it's just that it's written as a prequel. It's meant to fill in the holes. It's not some literary crime if they read them in chronological order but I personally would recommend published order to first-time readers. I know somebody who insists that the chronological order is (and I quote) "the stupid order". It's published order or nothing for him. I think that's an absurd idea. Either order works just fine, but I imagine there are also people in the publishing industry who feel the same way. It's not "chronological order at any cost"... there's a legitimate reason that publishers will go for the published order and that is because Magician's Nephew and Horse and His Boy are Prequels. They were written later and are meant to fill in the holes in the story and answer questions asked when reading the first few books. Prequels are usually meant to be read later. Either order is fine, and I don't think it's absurd that Publishers choose different orders based on their own personal opinions.
• India
28 Feb 11
Then it seems most people would suggest reading the Magician Nephew first. But why would Different Publishers arrange them differently based on whether or not they want to use the chronological or published order...it has to be Chronological order at any cost...not published one. Anyways, thanks!
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• India
2 Mar 11
Wow thanks there, quite an insight about the Books. LOL Thanks there!!!!
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@dawnald (84835)
• Shingle Springs, California
21 Jan 11
Well that's easy. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was published first. The Magician's Nephew is first chronologically. In a traditional boxed set, they are in order of how they were published. However some publishers have rearranged them chronologically.
• India
21 Jan 11
Quite right, but I have read few articles that CS Lewis started writing Magician Nephew first and then the rest. Some articles reveals that he didn't even made it official as to which book comes 1st. However it seems 'The Lion witch and the wardrobe' is the first to be published.
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@dawnald (84835)
• Shingle Springs, California
21 Jan 11
Possibly he even tried to publish it, and nobody was interested until later when LWW was a success...
• India
21 Jan 11
That's quite a story. Those publishers must had a regretful days. LOL :)
@uath13 (8192)
• United States
21 Jan 11
The magicians nephew is actually a prequel. If you want to put them chronologically it would be first but it was actually published 6th ( if I remember right )
• India
21 Jan 11
7 out 10 people would have said so, even I felt so. The story starts must be from the Lion Witch & the Wardrobe, but however I believe the Beginning of the chronicles starts from the Magician Nephew. Its like Bible, we hear the story about Jesus and later come to know about how this universe is created...LOL Thanks!!!!
@yallit (3677)
• Philippines
4 Mar 11
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe was the first book completed and published by CS Lewis among the books in the Chronicles of Narnia. But if you are an avid reader of the books, you should definitely start with The Magician's Nephew and follow the Chronological order. It's better that way. The movies though are following the publication order of the books in order to ensure that the actors/actresses will still be able to portray their roles in accordance to their age.
• India
30 Mar 11
Thanks for the information...getting alot from the mylot user s about it... thank