A Fascinating Interview With Philip Pullman From 2000

I linked to this interview when Philip Pullman's book The Amber Spyglass, the concluding chapter in His Dark Materials,was published. … [Read more...]

Hot Topic!

I suppose this is worth noting.I've been rather astonished as my post about The Golden Compass, which I wrote just a few days ago, has already become the most frequently opened and linked-to post in the eleven-year history of Looking Closer! More than posts about Star Wars, Spider-man, Harry Potter, or The Lord of the Rings! … [Read more...]

The Golden Compass – Christians, Controversy, and Phillip Pullman – A Commentary

¬†And so it begins.The first review of New Line Cinema's The Golden Compass, which is based on the first book in Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, has been published in The Daily Telegraph.Telegraph reviewer John Hiscock says: ... an early screening of The Golden Compass in Los Angeles reveals that the investors who put up the $90 million cost of the film can rest easy - though it lacks the impact or charm of The Chronicles of Narnia, the special effects are ex … [Read more...]

My Thoughts on “The Golden Compass”

I've been doing a lot of radio interviews about Auralia's Colors, and questions about Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass keep coming up.I've been planning a sort of once-and-for-all blog post about the controversy, but for now you'll find a few of my responses to these questions posted here. (The transcript has several errors in it, but I can't do anything about that. Still, you'll get the basic idea of my response. And where it seems I've "quoted" the book, that's only a spur-of-the-moment … [Read more...]

Jeff Berryman on Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials”

Jeff Berryman's latest post is on Philip Pullman's The Subtle Knife.He throws down the gauntlet. He invites us to a challenging conversation. I admire his ambition, patience, insight, and grace as he explores these stories.If you've read the books, I encourage you to answer his invitation.(Earlier: Jeff's first post on The Golden Compass.) … [Read more...]

Tolkien would not be pleased.

At the beginning of the trailer for The Golden Compass, New Line boasts about its wildly successful Lord of the Rings franchise. (Interesting, since their president has nothing good to say about Peter Jackson, and won't let him make The Hobbit.)As the trailer opens, we see the Ring of Power.And then, to promise us something of equal importance, New Line displays the One Ring transforming into the "aletheometer," an instrument in The Golden Compass that supposedly "tells the … [Read more...]

Watkins on Pullman’s intolerance, Narnia’s flaws

Tony Watkins has just published a short but sharp perspective on the tension between Phillip Pullman's perspective and work, and C.S. Lewis's perspective and work. Philip Pullman’s hostility towards The Chronicles of Narnia is a very strong reaction to a mere story, even if it is perhaps over-revered by some. Yes, Lewis’s work contains some serious flaws, but the real problem seems to be that it is a story which expresses and argues for a worldview completely antithetical to Pullman’s. Sadly, hi … [Read more...]

Phillip Pullman Makes It Easy

No need to speculate about what Pullman's stories are about when he keeps coming right out and saying things like this. … [Read more...]

The Chronicle of Higher Education knocks down Phillip Pullman’s slanderous protests against C.S. Lewis and Narnia

Story here. In articles, interviews, and speeches, Pullman has described The Chronicles not just as "propaganda in the cause of the religion [Lewis] believed in," but also as guilty of advancing views such as, "Death is better than life; boys are better than girls; light-colored people are better than dark-colored people; and so on." And those are just Pullman's G-rated charges. He also has blasted The Chronicles in public forums as "one of the most ugly and poisonous things I've ever read," … [Read more...]

Specials: GetReligion on a Republican Conspiracy in Narnia

It's Narnia day at Looking Closer. The first of many to come, I'm sure.Don't miss GetReligion's great blog entry on how a non-story is becoming a big story...Warning! Children reading classic books!And by the way... a follow-up note to my previous post about Philip Pullman's claim* that The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe is devoid of any Christian virtue.*(How Pullman can say that with a straight face utterly astounds me -- I've always been a bit frustrated with the overly … [Read more...]


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