Banned Books Week Vlog: His Dark Materials

| Thursday, September 30, 2010
It's BANNED BOOKS WEEK YAAAAAAAY. Or nay? Maybe? Because banning books sucks?

Either way, I filmed a vlog. YAAAAAAAAY.

I'm discussing Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series, which is WONDERFUL and I highly recommend it. The direct link to the video is here if you can't get the embedded player to work. If you have any additional questions about the series, please feel free to ask in comments and I'll be happy to answer. Enjoy!


{ Mia } at: September 30, 2010 at 11:07 AM said...




I love love LOVE this series. So much. The first one is called "The Northern Lights" in the UK though, isn't that odd? I always get confuzzled for a while when people talk about this compass book. The rest have the same names though, NEVER FEAR :P

Great points. It SO doesn't matter. And I do love the afterlife references in it :)

Anonymous at: September 30, 2010 at 1:44 PM said...

Please promise not to lightning me next time you see me. Eep!

I absolutely agree on the banned books--other than stopping kids from reading things that are not age-appropriate (which should be determined by their parents, not school boards or governments or anyone else), people should be able to read anything they want.

(By the way, it would have been nice to know before watching the video that there were no spoilers in it--I figured that wasn't very you-ish to spoil a book, but I had my finger on the close button anyway just to be safe! I read the first two books and still need to finish the third one...)


{ Shelley Sly } at: September 30, 2010 at 2:15 PM said...
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{ Shelley Sly } at: September 30, 2010 at 2:16 PM said...

How neat to watch you in a video! Thanks for sharing!

I completely agree with your points. I haven't read these books, only because I have such a large To Read pile. But I've been interested in reading them for quite some time because of the controversy. I'm a Christian, but I'm not easily offended at all, and actually enjoy exploring beliefs different from mine. To ban a book just because it doesn't align with your beliefs is total nonsense, IMO.

{ Jen Daiker } at: September 30, 2010 at 6:03 PM said...

I'm totally digging the VLOG!!! These books sound incredible, and I have to saying you loved the characters has me even more drawn to the novels!

Because they are challenged it makes me want to read this book even more! Religious beliefs or not when you read a book you should just focus on the story, not what they believe in!

Thanks for sharing!!

{ heather } at: September 30, 2010 at 6:49 PM said...

i love these books! it's always amazed me how so many people judge them simply because of "religious content" - especially when they've never actually read them. geez.

btw, awesome special effects!

{ Sarah W } at: September 30, 2010 at 7:32 PM said...

Excellent vid, excellent points!

I liked Golden Compass, but just never got around to reading the next two in the series. I think I'll add them to my list---thank you for the reminder!

{ Miss Michael } at: September 30, 2010 at 9:07 PM said...

Nice discussion of the trilogy! They are some of my favorite books ever.

{ Sarah Nicolas } at: October 1, 2010 at 8:26 PM said...

I love those books! (didn't like the movie so much though)

{ Paul } at: October 2, 2010 at 3:23 PM said...

As a 50+ year-old adult (OA), I read these books and enjoyed the story and the anti-authority rebellious nature of the protagonist(s). Pervading the series is the theme of respecting and communing with nature, much to the distaste of the priestly few. I actually did not find the books to be atheistic; they are instead spiritual. Much less religious than A Wrinkle in Time, but reminiscent of Wrinkle's flavor and pacing.

Cool bears, too.

Banned books have always been a magnet for me... Huckleberry Finn, Catcher in the Rye, Naked Lunch (not YA), Animal Farm, The Lottery, The Metamorphosis, etc.

If one wishes to understand Pullman's attitude toward religion, try his newest: The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ. Short, allegorical, and spot on.

I like the V-log, Steph. I'm expecting some serious special effects at Halloween.

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