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God Will Be Spared [Dec. 9th, 2004|05:21 pm]
Tony Grist
I understand that the killing of God is going to be worked round or fudged or omitted from the film version of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials.

Also the enemy outfit is going to be referred to not as "The Church" but as "The Magisterium".

I always thought the God stuff was the weakest and least convincing thing in the book. Pullman has an agenda and he bangs the drum for it as shamelessly as C.S. Lewis (whom he despises) does for Christian orthodoxy.

Too much theology, not enough art.

Even so, I'm damn sure that this self-censorship isn't being carried out for aesthetic reasons.
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[User Picture]From: four_thorns
2004-12-10 05:38 am (UTC)
i didn't know they were making a film version. i never finished the series, unfortunately. i read the first book and loved it, and then it took so long for the next one to come out that i had moved on to other things. my parents gave me the third book as a christmas present, but it's just been sitting on my shelf all year. is it worth reading? should i pick it up again? i think i've forgotten everything...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2004-12-10 09:42 am (UTC)
I enjoyed it enormously. Now, standing back from it, I think it overambitious and only partly successful.

And I still don't understand what "dust" is.

But there are some wonderful imaginative flights. Lyra and Will's journey through the underworld had my hair standing up on end.
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[User Picture]From: ibid
2004-12-10 10:49 am (UTC)
I don't think though his agenda was quite worked out. He still leaves room for mystery, which is in essance what God is.

Rowen Williams wrote in the Church Times praising the trilogy!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2004-12-10 11:00 am (UTC)
Yes, he pulls the punch by telling us somewhere near the end that "God" is only an archangel who set himself up above the rest.

It's a wonderful book. I only wish it was a little less preachy.
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