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The Golden Compass, Dec 2007
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The Golden Compass, Dec 2007

The Golden Compass, a film adaptation of the first book of Phillip Pullman's epic trilogy, His Dark Materials, is set to hit screens on 12-07-07. The books are great, and I'd recommend them highly. They are marketed as a children's series, but I find this silly. The books are a mix of things- sometimes humorous, sometimes philosophical, and sometimes downright depressing, terrifying, and heart-wrenching. The books are, in order:

The Golden Compass
The Subtle Knife
The Amber Spyglass

They've been likened to Harry Potter and as the anti-thesis in comparison with Narnia. (Pullman has scathingly criticized C.S. Lewis in the past.) Both are true to a point, but "HDM" is so unlike much of what I've read. I've found that each time I read it, I discover something new. And even then, small things slip past me that other observant people have noticed.

But enough raving about the book, here's the plot summary of the first movie/book, from IMDB (I'd avoid the site's forums, as they may contain spoilers for the books/movie):

"Lyra Belacqua, living in Oxford's Jordan College, is not but a young girl (OptiNote: 11 or 12 years) living among scholars. Her world may seem diverse, from physical embodiments of souls that take the shape of an animal to an oppressive Church that supresses all kinds of heresy, but similar with people around you to become friends and enemies. She is thrown into a perilous adventure when she overhears a conversation of an extraordinary microscopic particle, Dust. This particle is said to unite different worlds, and is feared by many who want to destroy it forever. As Lyra is flung into the middle of this horrible struggle, she meets wondrous creatures both big and small, and villains who are not what they seem. Gobblers, that kidnap children, will turn out in the most unexpected places. And a magical compass of gold that will answer any question if one is skilled enough to read it. Lyra's adventure continues throughout these three books, and the first is about to be told."

For those wondering who it stars, it's got quite the line-up

Lord Asriel, a daring philosopher and explorer who happens to be Lyra's uncle, is played by Mr. Bond himself- Daniel Craig.

The beautiful, yet evil, Mrs. Coulter is played by Nicole Kidman.

The heroine, Lyra, is played by new child-actor Dakota Blue Richards.

And Eva Green as the witch, Serafina Pekkala.

And a few movie stills for ye:

Lyra and the "golden compass", the Alethiometer
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Lord Asriel
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Mrs. Coulter
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not my kind of movie

I don't suffer from insanity I enjoy every minute of it.
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OMG those books were fucking AMAZING!!!!! they'd better not screw it up. looks good though. that guy looks perfect for Asriel, but i always imagined Lyra as older than that, like a young teenager, maybe 14 or 13.

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Ew.... don't use amber D:<

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I've been checking for more info on the HDM movie for a while. Thanks!
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Rebelnerd Wrote:OMG those books were fucking AMAZING!!!!! they'd better not screw it up. looks good though. that guy looks perfect for Asriel, but i always imagined Lyra as older than that, like a young teenager, maybe 14 or 13.

Asriel is interesting- not quite what I imagined. As for Lyra, it states she's only 11 at the beginning of the books. She's 13 by the end of Book 3. She's 16 in Lyra's Oxford. Nicole Kidman for Mrs. Coulter is brilliant, too. Pullman apparently picked her himself, and she agreed.
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Well, if you guys think it's cool, then I guess I have to make a point of watching it Biggrin

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Read the books first, they're really deep, and interesting. There's so many different things that can be discussed and interpreted. Precisely why I said I think it's hardly a kid's book. Last I checked, Harry Potter didn't discuss theories of meta-physics or the I-Ching. Throw in some theology and philosophy, and it gets even more interesting.

If you're interested, Pullman's primary influences were Milton's Paradise Lost, and a number of Blake's works. "A Little Girl Lost" was supposedly inspiration for the main character, Lyra, though I had never heard that until just a day ago. Familiarity with these works just increases the wonder behind it all.
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