Saturday, July 07, 2007

The Golden Compass Movie

So, I've been watching out for this movie for like...a long time.

Here's a link to the Quicktime trailer. The actors they rounded up for this film are fantastic, and the production design looks amazing, even if Lyra's world doesn't look quite the way I envisioned it. This movie better be good enough/do well enough to finance the sequels--the first book (the one the movie is based on) is great, but things don't get really cool until books two and three.

Beside the fact that his magnum opus is a bold declaration of humanistic atheism, Philip Pullman is a genius. And I'm not the only one who thinks so: The Golden Compass just won the Carnegie of Carnegies. (Of course, the selection of the best of the top ten Carnegie winners came by popular vote, so TGC could have won just by the virtue of the fact that a billion crazed preteen fans mobilized to vote). My (quite lofty and likely unattainable goal) as a fiction writer is to write something with the same epic scope, personal warmth and overarching sense of wonder as the His Dark Materials trilogy.

For now, though, I'm just counting down the days 'till December 7.

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