YMMV / The Magician's Nephew

  • Counterpart Comparison: Uncle Andrew and Dr. Smith. Both are mean, uptight old men who suffer massive Villain Decay until they're little more than pathetic bullies.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Both Digory and Uncle Andrew are impressed with Jadis' beauty; Polly on the other hand is quite immune.
  • Fanfic Fuel: The Wood between the Worlds. There are countless, possibly infinite portals to other worlds, but we only see three: Earth, Charn, and Narnia. This book also reveals that, in Earth's ancient history, Atlantis was real and Fairies existed, neither of which is ever mentioned in any of the other books.
  • Fandom Berserk Button: Don't call this the first Narnia book. While the earliest in the series' chronology, it was written second-to-last and the multitudes of Call Forwards are lost on anyone who starts with it. And it really doesn't help that some editions label it as number one.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Jadis. Iconic British children's character? Last surviving member of an ancient, decadent species of Sufficiently Advanced Human Aliens? Committed Genocide from the Inside to prevent a war from ending unfavorably? Visits London and causes a commotion due to her unfamiliarity with Earth? Um, hello? It gets even better when you read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and see the Witch using the Fourth Doctor's modus operandi of charming people with sugary jelly candies.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Jadis speaks the Deplorable Word, and kills her sister and the rest of Charn. She's proud that she did so.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Aslan hammering home the Aesop about the Fantastic Nuke makes a lot of sense when you consider that Lewis was writing shortly after World War II, when the Cold War was beginning to escalate and the idea of humanity nuking itself into extinction was a very distinct possibility.
  • Uncanny Valley: Jadis, when she is first encountered. She's very beautiful, but when you actually look at her there's something just wrong about her face.