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His Dark Materials

flower76 just pointed out to me that they're in pre-production for His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass (aka Northern Lights [UK]). Nicole Kidman is cast as Mrs. Coulter. When a book I love is going to be made into a movie, I feel the ambivalence of excitement and trepidation. Like the Lord of the Rings, this trilogy of books is epic in its scale, and I know that there will be parings down, but I have to hope that they do it justice. Like with the Harry Potter books, I have a very particular image in mind, and the movies need to pluck that from my mind and put it on screen or do it one up.

If you're local and want to borrow them for reading, I have the box-set of paperbacks, and I'm willing to loan them out.

Oh, and Official Site here.


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Aug. 7th, 2006 04:28 am (UTC)
I'm looking for a new book to read!

Aug. 7th, 2006 07:48 am (UTC)
Yeah, so I guess this means we need to meet up. lol
Aug. 7th, 2006 02:44 pm (UTC)
I love, love, LOVE these books. We had to read the first one for our Young Adult lit class and I just kept reading them. Oh, I wonder what they'll do with the movie. It's not Lord of the Rings for me - which in my case would be the Chronicles of Narnia, which I loved first and far more - but I'd really hate to see it messed up.
Aug. 7th, 2006 07:24 pm (UTC)
Well, from what I read, the author is going all J.K.Rowling and making sure he has a say in everything that's done. Like when Stephen King's The Stand was made into a mini-series, he doesn't want it ruined. BTW, when I saw Dakota Richards, I thought Dakota Fanning and said to myself she's an amazing little actress, but please, no! But they picked an unknown schoolgirl from a cattle-call audition in England, and the most important quality was that she have that Lyra-like quality come thru. (Remind you of anything? HP maybe?) ^_^
Aug. 7th, 2006 03:06 pm (UTC)
I'm listening to those right now! Well, no, I'm typing right now...but in my car, I listen to those. I'm on The Subtle Knife right now; just started it. So enjoyable!!
My gossipy BF and I were just talking about that the other day - Nicole Kidman being signed as Mrs. Coulter. I can SO see her in that role! I'm also hoping they do a good job.
Have you read the George R. R. Martin books? I'm reading those right now, too, and loving them.
Aug. 7th, 2006 07:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Viola!
No I haven't, but the name keeps coming up. I'll have to look into it. Any particular book/series?
Aug. 7th, 2006 07:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Viola!
It's the Song of Ice and Fire series. It starts with A Game of Thrones and I think there are currently four books? I'm not altogether sure...but it's a fascinating story, lots of strong characters and all sorts of intrigue and smarminess (Incest! Yay! Children being thrown out windows! Yay! Bastard children everywhere! Yay! Murder, mayhem and evil pretty boys! Yay!)
Aug. 28th, 2006 10:24 am (UTC)
Re: Viola!
I found it at 4 books. I'm getting that and the Dark Tower series, too.
Aug. 28th, 2006 02:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Viola!
Oh! Good choices! I think you'll enjoy them all.
Aug. 29th, 2006 12:13 am (UTC)
Re: Viola!
They look to be very long O.o teehee
Aug. 29th, 2006 03:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Viola!
So, then, what you need is a vacation with a beach and a beach chair, sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat and cabana boys to bring you drinks! Then you'll be able to read at your leisure.
Aug. 29th, 2006 10:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Viola!
I get to listen to them at work. ~_^
Aug. 30th, 2006 01:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Viola!
OH! That's what I do, too! Hooray!
Aug. 8th, 2006 02:21 pm (UTC)
I started reading The Golden Compass to the villagers in my house here at Camphill. They love it, but it doesn't look like we'll get done before I move. Now I can tell them that they can look forward to a movie version. They'll like that better anyway. I hope it lives up to my expectations. I love those books!
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