Wednesday, November 07, 2007

The Golden Compass

In the last two weeks I've been reading like its going out of style. That's not too unusal for me, but what is unusual is the books I've been reading. I've been hanging out in the young adult fantasy section. Odd, right? Especially since I'm strictly a literary type. Mure Pulitzer-for-fiction than dwarfs, fairys and witches.

It started because I wanted to read the book for The Golden Compass before the movie comes out next month. I liked that first book so much that I read the whole trilogy in the course of about 5 days. I really loved them because they were thought-provoking and smart. So now, of course, I'm totally excited to see the movie.

But then I became aware of a large campaign by the Catholic Church to tell its members to boycott the movie, because if they allowed their children to watch the movie, the children would want to read the books and they'd be exposed to themes that are against what the church teaches. (I'm not Catholic, btw, but I still got the email)

Look, I liked the book, and I completely see how the book is anti organized religion, but I honestly cannot see the big deal. They're scared of a book? And interestingly, if you actually READ the book, it is hugely supportive of spirituality and a higher power. And in the books, an ex-nun actually has a spiritual awakening. I guess I wonder why instead of reacting in fear, the church doesn't offer suggestions for how to discuss the content with children.

So, will you see the movie? Have you received the email telling you to boycott the movie?

5 Comments:

Blogger Janet said...

I'm looking forward to seeing the movie, but then...I'm a heathen, and as such, of course have not received an email from the Catholic church ;-)

11:39 AM  
Blogger Mia said...

There are tons of really good young adult and kiddie books out there. And the Church likes to think it can tell all of us what to do. But I have a mind and use it. If they tell me not to do something, I do it.

2:30 PM  
Anonymous Crystal said...

I've read parts of the series. And the books do have some "church is evil" kind of references. But I'm sure Hollywood has down played those parts in the movie ..
Just like in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy Hollywood down played the "pro-God" symbolism.
I personally am not into the Harry Potter, Golden Compass, Lord of the Rings types of books , but I have read parts of each series to see what all the fuss is about..
I have no desire see the movie ..
I do find it sad that people judge things before taking the time to actually do some research on the thing they are judging ...

3:06 PM  
Blogger African Kelli said...

Yes I'll see the movie, and you know I got the email. I think that American life in many ways is counter-cultural to the Bible. If you hid from everything, you'd be Amish.

3:22 PM  
Blogger Ramona said...

Iterestingly enough I saw the preview for the first time today (with Greg) and it looked totally stupid.
Maybe I just didn't get it, but there was something very fake about it, and I absolutely have no desire to see it.
I am, however, intrigued that you liked the book. I'll give that a chance.

4:37 PM  

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