Wednesday, November 07, 2007
The Golden Compass
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?
I'm Amanda. I'm an engineer in an industry full of men, a professional wedding and family portrait photographer, a firefighter's wife, a traveler, and a dogMa.