VOTE for Narnia! PBS Series The Great American Read

It’s time for NarniaWebbers to head to the polls!

This September, PBS will be launching a new series called “The Great American Read” and the one volume edition of The Chronicles of Narnia has a chance to win as the nation’s best-loved book in the series finale on October 23rd.

At the end of the latest podcast episode, Douglas Gresham said, “If anyone on NarniaWeb wants to vote, please do!”

THE GREAT AMERICAN READ is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey). It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.  

– The Great American Read website (Search: “Narnia”)
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#VOTENarnia and show the world that Aslan is on the move!


20 Responses

  1. Larry W. says:

    I have the separate seven books in hardcover. Wasn't the blue hardcover with all seven stories in one volume published about ten years ago by Barnes & Noble? Sadly, I think it is now out of print now. I love all of the editions which have Pauline Baynes' artwork, which I think is inseparable from the stories. It's wonderful that Douglas Gresham could appear in person on this video! 🙂

  2. Col. Klink says:

    Man! I really want to support Narnia but there are so many other books listed that I love like Great Expectations and Charlotte's Web. I don't know what to do.

  3. The Rose-Tree Dryad says:

    No problem! You can vote for more than one book. Just limit your votes to one vote per day, per voting platform.

  4. Reepicheep775 says:

    This is no contest for me. Narnia all the way!

  5. Anfinwen says:

    Lord of the Rings is on the list, and Pride and Prejudice! This is hard!

  6. The Rose-Tree Dryad says:

    Honestly, if C.S. Lewis were alive, he'd probably be voting for J.R.R. Tolkien and Jane Austen, too!

  7. Keeper of Lantern Waste says:

    Oh absolutely I'll vote:) I'm curious what the cover will look like though, as I own the large map-covered one and have seen the B&N Classics edition (it's blue with silver designs and Lucy on the cover) as well as a stout black one with an image of Aslan with a fiery mane.

  8. Soren says:

    Can't support the one volume edition as long as the books are still represented in the wrong order.

  9. Larry W. says:

    The set of seven books that I own is numbered in chronological order. The published order is preferred by many, but it isn't often used in the seven books in one volume. I remember many years ago seeing a one volume edition in publication order (it may no longer exist). The illustrations by Pauline Baynes may be smaller in today's version, and I'm not sure if all of them are included. Still, they are very nice books for adults who want a book in a format designed for them. 🙂

  10. Col. Klink says:

    While the books may be better when they aren't in the chronological order, I don't think you shouldn't vote for them just because of that. They're still a great series.

  11. Keeper of Lantern Waste says:

    I agree, although I'm fine with anything winning that's not the Twilight series or 50 Shades of Grey (my apologies if people truly enjoy them, but I'm surprised they're on the list at all-_-)

  12. Col. Klink says:

    Or the Shack. I remember that book being really cloying and smarmy. You can only enjoy it by reading it a sentence at a time. Reading large portions at once can drive you up a wall.

  13. Cleander says:

    I tried voting, but the CAPTCHA they make you do seems to shut down when you click on it.

  14. Jacqui says:

    I have all seven books separately but gladly voted for the one-volume version because I would love for more people to know about the Chronicles of Narnia. I didn't discover them until I was in my late 50s but immediately fell in love with Narnia and Aslan. I so wish I had known about them when my sons were young but now I am sharing them with my grandsons.

  15. Robert says:

    Actually, I liked The Shack a great deal. Different strokes for different folks, I guess. But Narnia!!! Classic stuff!

  16. Robert says:

    The truths, the brilliant observations about human behavior, the wisdom found in The Chronicles of Narnia—you couldn't ask for better reading material to put the world into perspective on so many issues. Not to mention, they are simply alive with adventure and good fun. Just classic literature. Then again, C.S. Lewis is my favorite writer across the board. I have never found another human being who could come close to his ability to capture truth and make it understandable without sounding preachy. Brilliant writer.

  17. Joshua says:

    I have voted for Narnia, I almost did Lord of the Rings……but then I remembered the Voyage of DT movie, and have decided Narnia could use some good press. It also happens to be my copy of the book, but it should absolutely be read in published order.

    P.S VDT movie was terrible.

  18. Cleander says:

    Okay I figured out how to vote somehow. Vote … FOR NARNIA!

  19. Can Australians vote in "the Great American Read"? Or is this competition only meant for Americans?

  20. Cleander says:

    I think as long as it's online, anyone can.