Judging Narnia by the Book Covers

What should Aslan look like?

How enchanting is the Narnia in your imagination?

Bookslut has an interesting article about the art of Chronicles of Narnia book covers. Well, to put it bluntly, the writer is lamenting (and rightly so) a dreadful new book cover for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Is this the Aslan that strikes fear into the hearts of friends and enemies alike?

Moment by moment, I become more thankful for Kristopher Orr‘s beautiful, spooky imagery for the cover of Auralia’s Colors.

Do you have a favorite fantasy book cover?

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • cptcasualt

    > Do you have a favorite fantasy book cover?

    Covers from the Sandman trade paperbacks. But that’s probably cheating.

  • http://7leper.blogspot.com bgeerdes

    At least it’s not a shot from the movie.

  • http://realmbeyondwords.blogspot.com/ natebell

    I don’t think this is a dreadful cover at all. Somehow, the effect of Aslan staring straight ahead (and straight INTO the beholder) offsets the cuddlier aspects of the picture. I wish I could say something good about the rest of the illustrations…

    I also prefer Pauline Baynes’s work to Van Allsburg’s. I certainly DON’T want to be reminded of The Polar Express while reading Lewis, thankyouverymuch.

  • http://www.CriesOfTheHeart.com criesoftheheart

    That is the lamest book cover I’ve ever seen…