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post #21 of 62
There is a lot more in the Pullman trilogy to get right-wing panties in a wad.

It would entail actually reading the books, however.
post #22 of 62
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Originally Posted by zinemama View Post
These books are terrific and hair-raisingly subversive, at least for anyone coming from a Western religous angle. It's a wonder to me that they flew under the book-burning radar of the folks who freaked out about "satanic" Harry P.
Ds said pretty much the same thing to me about the series. He wondered where all the drama was, but he was just as glad that there wasn't any. He's pretty sure some of those folks will hate the movie for that reason though.

I wonder if Pullman has ever made a banned book list.
post #23 of 62
Why are the numbers off in the posts?
post #24 of 62
Oh, "His Dark Materials" is a fantastic trilogy. I did read an article in some Catholic publication about how "anti-Catholic" the books are, which I consider debatable, though I agree that they are far more subversive toward organized religion in general than HP. Much more complex than HP, as well. Definitely worth a read, though I hesitate to see movies--as above posters have said, 1) it would be difficult to do a film version of these stories well, and 2) I tend not to like movies made from books anyway.
post #25 of 62
I loved this book when I read it several years ago. My ds has to read it over the summer so I decided to re-read it. Loved it all over again. I think it is more complex and more adult than Harry Potter while still being a great adventure. My ds is almost 12, right on the cusp of puberty. I think 12 is a great age to read the book during that time right between innocence and experience.

There is an interesting article on the books on Wikipedia. Catholics did have some problems with it. Pullman claims that he could have picked any highly organized religion for that role.

I think Daniel Craig will be great as Lord Asriel and that Nicole Kidman is almost perfect as Mrs. Coulter, though I don't know why they didn't dye her hair black. The little girl who plays Lyra has always wanted to play Lyra. Pullman is involved with the movie and seems to be pretty happy with the outcome. They have done a stage performance in Britain so I am sure some of the kinks from going from book to movie have been worked out.
post #26 of 62
One of my favorite series! I love the characters. It is "youth literature" and it is very enjoyable for an adult.

I am dying to see the movie. I looks really well done. Nicole is perfectly caste in this role. And I am pretty sure Mrs. Coulter did have golden hair. I remember that is how Lyra identified on her several occasions in the story.
post #27 of 62
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One of my favorite series! I love the characters. It is "youth literature" and it is very enjoyable for an adult.

I am dying to see the movie. I looks really well done. Nicole is perfectly caste in this role. And I am pretty sure Mrs. Coulter did have golden hair. I remember that is how Lyra identified on her several occasions in the story.
Actually Mrs. Coulter is described as having dark hair. It is the golden haired monkey that Lyra use to identify Mrs. Coulter. The daemons and the humans are so much a part of each other that it is easy to see how the hair color could be confused.
post #28 of 62
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Actually Mrs. Coulter is described as having dark hair. It is the golden haired monkey that Lyra use to identify Mrs. Coulter. The daemons and the humans are so much a part of each other that it is easy to see how the hair color could be confused.
You are right! I guess I took the daemon thing a little too far.

Hollywood HAD to leave it's mark somehow. Let's hope that is the only serious deviation from the original story.
post #29 of 62
My DH and I have been listening to the audio book - it's narrated by Phillip Pullman, and it rocks.
post #30 of 62
I realy enjoyed this trilogy (though I started to lose interest by the end of the third). My dh is reading it now andhe's pretty hooked which says a lot because he is *not* a fantasy fan. Here's an article on Philip Pullman from The New Yorker a while back.
I agree with the PP who mentioned the stage play for getting out kinks. I missed it though I was in London while it was playing, it got great reviews so, despite Nicole Kidman I have high hopes.
post #31 of 62
Hmm, just watched the trailer. Where are the daemons? Are they going to insert them later? I only noticed the ones that were dogs. And that one scene of two of them, but... hmm.
post #32 of 62
I'll have to watch the trailer. That sounds disturbing.
post #33 of 62
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I haven't read the books yet but they look interesting.

I can live with the HP movies but if the movie is as bad as Eragon I think I'll skip it. That was traumatizing it was so bad.
Thank you! I am so glad I am not the only one completely traumatized by the sheer badness of Eragon. I was never so disappointed in a book turned movie even with GOF. They butchered that book!

ok, rant over carry on.
post #34 of 62
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'Kay, finished reading TGC today. Excellent book, glad I checked out the next book in the trilogy at the same time.

I watched the trailer again just now, and the whole daemon thing alludes me too, I figure they must be added in with CGI, and when the trailer was made they weren't there yet.

It totally bugs me that they didn't dye Kidman's hair black.

I think I'll have to leave the theater during the paserbjorn fight scene. Ick. Just reading the description was bad enough.

ETA: love all the religious undertones (well, not really undertones...heh heh...but anyway...)...
post #35 of 62
I love Philip Pullman. I've read and reread His Dark Materials series quite a few times, as I also have the Sally Lockheart series. I don't think I'll be seeing the movie, though. Couldn't be good enough for me.
post #36 of 62
I wonder if they left Nicole Kidman's hair blonde so that Mrs. Coulter would be more identifible with her golden monkey. In one of the scenes I have seen, they Mrs. Coulter in a form fitting gold beaded dress looking as golden as her monkey.
post #37 of 62
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Thank you! I am so glad I am not the only one completely traumatized by the sheer badness of Eragon. I was never so disappointed in a book turned movie even with GOF. They butchered that book!

ok, rant over carry on.

post #38 of 62
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Thank you! I am so glad I am not the only one completely traumatized by the sheer badness of Eragon.
My ds ranted for hours after that movie. He was so disappointed. He told me not to even buy the DVD. I wonder how sales are doing on the DVD. I have heard that people who hadn't read the book liked the movie but everyone I know who read the book hated the movie.
post #39 of 62
Yep.
Dh liked the movie but he has never read the book while I thought it was just terrible.
post #40 of 62
I have a deep appreication for both books and movies, and this trilogy is simply amazing. And I have to admite that at times while reading them, I thought, "This could be an excellent movie if they could get the Star Wars and LOTR movie people together on it."
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