Phillip Pullman's classic trilogy, His Dark Materials, is a trippy collection of Young Adult Fantasy books that deal with notably mature themes and subject matter. I know that several of us have read the books, so I thought it was a good time to put a few thoughts down, especially with all the attention they're getting because of the forthcoming films. I have to say that I am really happy that I read (via audiobook version) the books before the films came out.
I will definitely watch the movie versions of these books. I am a sucker for a good Fantasy film, and Ian McShane is in these -- well worth the price of admission all by himself in my book. However, I am not optimistic about the adaptations. In the recent Fall Films issue of Entertainment Weekly, Nicole Kidman assures readers that the films won't be anti-Catholic. So, in other words, they're taking out, or watering down, the main villian in the story. What is up with that?? Nicole, of course, wouldn't have been in the films had there been any anti-Catholocism because she is Catholic. What a loss that would have been, eh?
I liked these books quite a bit, but had to reflect on them for quite a while before being able to say that. The one thing that continues to bug me is this: why did Pullman name is super-angel Megatron? Is it just bugging me because I recently saw the Transformers movie?