C.S Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the most popular Christian authors of all time. His 7 book series, “The Chronicles of Narnia” with the third book in the series “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” topping the box office as the most watched movie last weekend.
When Lewis started writing the Narnia books his publisher and some of his friends advised him against writing for children thinking that it would damage his reputation as a serious writer. J.R.R. Tolkien, of “The Hobbit” and “Lord of the Rings” fame, actually criticized the firstt Narnia book “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”, published in 1950, because he thought that there were too many conflicting influences, for example, a Father Christmas and an evil witch, and talking animals and children. Lewis followed up with 6 more Narnia stories with the final book in the series “The Last Battle” written in 1956.
The order that the series was written in is not the same as the order of the of the events. The author himself suggested that they should be read in the order of events rather than the order in which they were written.
Here’s the Written Order:
1. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
2. Prince Caspian
3. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
4. The Silver Chair
5. The Horse and His Boy
6. The Magician’s Nephew
7. The Last Battle
And, the order of the events:
1. The Magician’s Nephew
2. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
3. The Horse and His Boy
4. Prince Caspian
5. The Voyage of the “Dawn Treader”
6. The Silver Chair
7. The Last Battle
Athough Lewis wrote other popular novels, the series is undoubtedly Lewis’s most compelling work and has sold over 100 million copies in 41 languages. The adaption for the movies will ensure that the classic stories will join the ranks of classic animated movies.
It has been said that the Chronicles of Narnia is “a treasure trove of timeless Christian truths able to edify, enlighten, educate, and entertain both children and adults alike” and a “masterpiece of Christian Allegory”.
The versatile actor, Liam Neesan, who plays the part of Aslan (the lion) in the “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” has caused quite a stir with his comments about the religious portraiture of the movie.
I’ve posted the following links to two articles so you can decide for yourself:
In the unlikely event that you haven’t seen the trailer, click on the embedded video: