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I have a bookmark which says ‘Never judge a book by its movie’. I totally agree with this statement. If I only read books on movies I enjoyed I would have missed out on some really good reads. I know most films based on books do not totally stick to the storyline but with the ones I’m going to blog about I did not think the films did any justice to the books. I wanted to do a blog post rather than an actual review on the books so people would give the books a chance.
This will be a 2 part post as there are two books and films I want to speak about.
First book/film is The Golden Compass (The UK book is known as The Northern Lights) by Philip Pullman
Here lives an orphaned ward named Lyra Belacqua, whose carefree life among the scholars at Oxford’s Jordan College is shattered by the arrival of two powerful visitors. First, her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, appears with evidence of mystery and danger in the far North, including photographs of a mysterious celestial phenomenon called Dust and the dim outline of a city suspended in the Aurora Borealis that he suspects is part of an alternate universe. He leaves Lyra in the care of Mrs. Coulter, an enigmatic scholar and explorer who offers to give Lyra the attention her uncle has long refused her. In this multilayered narrative, however,nothing is as it seems. Lyra sets out for the top of the world in search of her kidnapped playmate, Roger, bearing a rare truth-telling instrument, the compass of the title. All around her children are disappearing—victims of so-called “Gobblers”—and being used as subjects in terrible experiments that separate humans from their daemons, creatures that reflect each person’s inner being. And somehow, both Lord Asriel and Mrs. Coulter are involved.
Film Rating: 2.5 Stars
Book Rating: 5 Stars
The film on this book was not great. I loved seeing Iorek Brynison on film as would would not love a talking polar bear?! He was just too cool. The film was very loosely based on the book and the main important event at the end which happens in the book to lead on to the next book in the trilogy was completed missed out. I was so disappointed with the film as I remember I specifically read this book before watching the film. The book is a really good read, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea as there has been some controversy about it. Christianity is not the main religion in the book and so people even go as far as saying this book is anti-Christianity, I don’t believe this as in the end it just a fantasy book, but be warned if you do not like reading books like that.
It’s been a while since I read this book so I remember the main parts about the story, I really should re-read it. Lyra is an orphan, she is staying at Jordan College. He only relative is her uncle Lord Asriel. Lyra being the curious girl she is overhears talk about ‘dust’ when she is hiding which is attracted to grown up but not children. Shortly after this her friend roger suddenly goes missing, Lyra believes that he’s been taken north by the ‘Gobblers’. All of a sudden Lyra is told she can no longer stay at Jordan College, she is to be given more female guidance by a Mrs Coulter. When Lyra is going to leave the master of Jordan college presents her with an Alethiometer (the Golden Compass) and tells her to keep it private as he cannot stop her from leaving. Mrs Coulter at first is nice, she seems aloof and odd but as she has promised to take Lyra north she is happy to overlook this. As the story progresses Mrs Coulter starts to show her true colours, she is mean to Lyra and so Lyra runs away. This is where the story starts to get interesting. You’ll have to read the rest to find out what happens but I can say it is a hard to put down book. I love that each person has their own daemon and that there is a talking polar bear! The writing is really good, you get a understanding of the world and everything about it with the authour having to write pages and pages to make you understand. Even though Lyra is young she was not too childish which is another plus point.
If you did not enjoy the film, then give the book a chance and if you did enjoy the film then you’ll love the book better!