The fantasy genre is a genre of many beautiful worlds, and peculiar characters that allows the reader to leave behind the sometimes bland and boring world we live in.
The Narnia chroni- cles is no exception to this, as it delivers a unique storyline within an alluring parallel world that leaves the reader longing to go explore it.
What’s more is that when C.S. Lewis had the first book, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, published in 1950 it allowed a still war- torn world to indulge in something other than terror and darkness. The book takes on adven- tures with an admirable child-like wonder, that allows even the most cynical readers to let their imagination lose.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is set primarily in a magical parallel world, which means that it is co-existing with the human world as we know it and can only be entered through a portal of some sort.
In this case, the portal is “one big wardrobe, the sort that has a looking-glass in the door” (p.113, top), which is found in a “room that was quite empty” (p.112, bottom).
The first clear hint that it is a parallel world is of course that it is entered through a wardrobe and Lucy going from an inside environment to an outside one, but more- over is the contrast which is to be found in the weather between the setting of the real world and the parallel world, Narnia: ““Of course it would be raining!” said Edmund.” (p.112, mid- dle) versus
“A moment later she found that she was standing in the middle of a wood at night-time with snow under her feet and snowflakes falling through the air.”(p.113, middle),
where the first quotation is describing the weather in the real world, and the latter is the weather in Narnia, marking a clear difference between the two. In addition to this, the snow- fall in the parallel world makes for a blissful atmosphere, which contributes to the beautiful aesthetic fantasy worlds often has to offer.