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 departed the Patheos network in order to escape click-bait advertisements that were offending him and his readers. He will re-launch Looking Closer at lookingcloser.org soon. He is the author of The Auralia Thread, a four-volume fantasy series that begins with Auralia's Colors, and a memoir of "dangerous moviegoing" called Through a Screen Darkly. He teaches creative writing and film studies; speaks internationally about art and faith; served as Writer-in-Residence at Covenant College; and is employed by Seattle Pacific University as a project manager, copyeditor, and writer.

  • 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…


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