The Golden Compass – counter argument

I wholeheartedly and freely admit to having a thing for “so-called” children’s literature. Loved and still might at any time re-read The Black Cauldron books, The Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, E.B. White, Huckleberry Finn or Prince and the Pauper, Rikki Tikki Tavi, The Little Prince, the list goes on.


So, could someone please explain to me the appeal of Oxford professor Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy? We have a star-studded, effects-laden movie coming up which may or may not be good on its own. But I just didn’t get the series as a whole. Yeah, it created its own, kind of interesting, semi-parallel world. But somehow I missed the point.? What’s the appeal on a non-story level?

Is it anti-Catholic? Anti-religion? Pro-religion in some Narnian way I don’t perceive? If it’s just another LOTR-style, good vs. evil, apocalyptic story, I thought the sides weren’t very clear.

Am I the only one in the dark on this one?

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