The Compulsive Reader: The Golden Compass

Friday, December 7, 2007

The Golden Compass

Well, since the movie comes out today, I thought that this would be the perfect book to discuss today. I read the Golden Compass last week when a friend finally lent it to me, mainly because I wanted to see the movie. But I will only see a movie after I've read the book--that's my rule.

It wasn't until I was a few chapter into it that I heard of all the controversy around the book. A couple chapters later, I started to receive comments on the fact that I was reading it, and I am a Christian. I was shocked. First of all, there is hardly anything in The Golden Compass that is atheistic. And second of all, no one has the right to judge me because of what I read.

I also find it ironic that these books have been out for about 12 years, and no one's put up much of a fuss before now. I think ti's just getting hype because of the fact that the movie is coming out.

So what do you guys think? Have you read the books? If so, what are your thoughts about the controversy over them? I've read only up til about the third chapter in The Subtle Knife, but my opinion on them--they are just fantasy. Very, very good fantasy.


Chelsea said...

I've been meaning to read this! I've heard about the controversy, but everyone I've talked to whose read them says they didn't pick up on anything anti-religion. I think it's all a load of crap. But thanks for posting this, it makes me want to read them more!

Anonymous said...

Well, if you haven't seen the controversy yet, you have yet to read the book, unless you completely missed the part about the fact that god doesnt exist, and is just the first angel created by dust.

Still, i'm completly baffled by the controversy about this book (and others like it). What hapened to the 1st amendment? A fantasy book is just a fantasy book, no matter what it says, and if you think your children are going to be influenced by it, then talk to them about it- its a good conversation starter.

Overall, I thought these books were fantastic, the writing impeccable, the ideas intriguing.

Anonymous said...

I am a MS/HS librarian. I heard about all the religious concerns about the series. I decided to read the book (always the choice) before including or not including the book in our collection. I am almost through "The Amber Spyglass" and yes there are religious undertones, but most students are going to read the books for the great story line. I don't think reading these books will make them decide to "kill God" any more than Harry Potter would make a student believe they could actually go to Hogwarts and become a wizard. My question to people asking about having them in the library is, "What section are they in?" The answer is the FICTION section!!