Anyone a 'His Dark Materials' fan?

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Anyone a 'His Dark Materials' fan?

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1RosyLibrarian
jun 8, 2007, 1:12pm

With the release of 'The Golden Compass' this December, I've been wondering how others feel about the movie adaptation. I, myself have loved these books since childhood and am nervous to see them played out by celebrities. I will give them credit for introducing a new actress as Lyra. Thoughts, feelings? Is anyone excited for the movie?

2pdxwoman
jun 9, 2007, 1:31pm

I was just at the Goodwill on Grand yesterday and they had the companion guide and a book whose cover said it was the 1st in the series, but the companion guide didn't have that book listed. Have they changed the names of the books?

I haven't read them yet, but want to -- didn't buy this book because I wasn't sure it was really the 1st book...

3RosyLibrarian
jun 14, 2007, 11:09am

The series goes:
"The Golden Compass"
"The Subtle Knife"
"The Amber Spyglass"

I know they released a book that talked about the real science behind the trilogy. They also released a short story about the main character which takes place after the three books....

Start at "The Golden Compass" and prepare to fall in love.

4pdxwoman
jun 20, 2007, 7:32pm

I went back and bought it -- haven't started reading -- turns out that "The Golden Compass" is the N. American name for the 1st book.

Looking forward to the read!

5sollocks
jun 28, 2007, 11:48am

The original title of The Golden Compass is Northern Lights (His Dark Materials).

"The superficial resemblance of protagonist Lyra Belacqua's alethiometer to a large compass caused the North American publishers of Northern Lights to retitle the book The Golden Compass. In fact, The Golden Compasses was an early proposal for the name of the trilogy (instead of His Dark Materials), taken from Milton's Paradise Lost, where it refers to the drawing instrument, rather than the navigation instrument."
---- Wikipedia

This is wikipedia so it's not entirely reliable... but there is one rumor.

Of course they renamed Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone to sorcerer's stone. I tend to buy the british publications because I hate it when they're americanized by the North American market.

The practice undermines the purpose and benefits of reading. Reading to be taken out of your world and put into someone else's. To experience new and foreign things. To expand your vocabulary and knowledge base.

But that's just my opinion.