I like Joanne Harris. I've only read one of her books (Chocolat - highly recommended) and a few short stories but I really like her style of writing, her independence of wit and imagination and her strong female characters. I also like her because she is a great fan of Mervyn Peake (Titus Groan, Gormenghast, Titus Alone), and I am too. Anyway, I was reading one of her interviews the other day when I absolutely fell in love with one of her answers; it goes something like this:Q: I understand you're fond of incense sticks and use chants to purify your environment. What do you think believing in magic brings to a person's life? A: A sense of possibility.I think, whether they are pagans or atheists, it holds true with each and every writer; to believe in something beyond the 'religious' perception of things. Also: I've made a list of books (old & new both) that I'm going to read in 2007 - have you guys? And if you have...let's share and compare notes.*...just to take the community a step further from just HDM till the movie comes along. Then we can go all fangirly or be horrendously disappointed!P.S: a_burnt_child just joined the community. Hurrah! She has Interpol lyrics on her profile page and her name is written in Arabic, which makes me happy and intrigued respectively.
I found a very interesting Philip Pullman feature over at the New Yorker website. You can read it by following this link: here.And just because I saw that weekendpbs has done it and because it looks really awesome, I went on and got my own silly aristocratic name. Behind the cut so that it's not intrusive. :D( hmmm?!Collapse )
Alright, people!Just as I finished reading Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrel by Susanna Clarke, I found out that the filming is in full swing for The Northern Lights. As far as casting is concerned, I'm more than happy with most of the decisions. Daniel Craig looks aptly ferocious (think: burning ice) in the stills I have seen of him and Lyra is a dear little ruffian. I love her hair. I still have to try and remember the little actress's name though.Also, welcome janeausten to the community who has just joined in. I'm thinking we should maybe have brief member intros as comments to this post so that we all get to know each other as more than just journal names. What say you? :)And lastly, if you have a moment to spare, please go here and take part in the project. Help it start off, hmm? I know we're all a creative bunch here.
A new member [welcome stop_theworld and a bit of news:THE GYPTIANS ARE HERE!The boats and the costumes look stunning. With Daniel Craig, Eva Green [we can start making those 007 related jokes now :P] and Paul Bettany, the films are definitely going to be wonderful.But huhwhat! I though Nicole would have long hair as Mrs. Coulter but she doesn't! Oh well.
Nicole Kidman and Paul Bettany are slated to play Mrs. Coulter and Lord Asriel in the upcoming movie version of 'The Golden Compass'.What do you think?Also, they have found their Lyra, after a long search. Production is set to begin September 4th.
This is what has me disconcerted after only having finished the trilogy perhaps an hour before:... I can find scant scholarly research on all three books, and what I can find seems to deal abstractly with the subordination of adults by children and Dust as a metaphor, etc. Which it is! Here is a link to the abstract. Its title (A Blake reference) makes me happy. Of course you can't get much further unless you subscribe to the site, but nevertheless. Interesting topic, I'll grant you. Though I'd consider the books to deal with an incredible amount of deep and complexing human issues. Why isn't there scholarship? Why isn't the academic world absolutely frenetic with the questions that Pullman is raising in the mouths of Will and Lyra?But I suppose that I am also all abuzz with the thoughts of writing a Master's Thesis and vindicating all of their voices in the only way that I can.Is it only me (and I am sure we few here) who not only sees a link between Romantics like Blake, Keats and Shelley, Milton before them (obvs, I know) but also ties to the world of the Beats and the fantasy writers? Take theoreticians like Focault, Althusser, Kant, and Saussure? I mean, the concious reading of Dust as signs is a practice of Semiotics.I think that all of them are dealing with the essential parts of human identity. Instead of being told by authority how to view and see the world with these newborn, sublime eyes. Like conciousness dwells in semi-conciousness before it awakes when it meets itself through contact with another human being, with the stars or with the firm feeling of earthy solidity beneath someone. I don't know. These are all whirling, devilish ideas that I have fallen in love with thinking and I have to make sense of them soon. Hopefully you have, at least in some part. :)Nevertheless, I completely enjoyed the trilogy.
I finished reading The Amber Spyglass 35 minutes ago. Couldn't quite stop myself from crying [and I had promised myself I wouldn't do that]. Will write up more coherent thoughts a little bit later.
luthienofold and I were talking incessantly about Hester and had to admit that we adore her unconditionally, even though she hasn't been described in as much detail as, say, Stelmaria and Pan. I said something about making a Hester!fangirl button and luthienofold made it.So, if you want to share and spread the love, paste the following code in your journal's userinfo:<*a href="http://ofdustanddemons.livejournal.com"*><*img src="http://img312.imageshack.us/img312/3973/hesterfan3pv.jpg"*></a>Don't forget to remove the '*' from all of the tags before you put them in. Have fun! :D- Moz.
I can't read this trilogy without thinking of my Pater:
"How shall we pass most swiftly from point to point, and be present always at the focus where the greatest number of vital forces unite in their purest energy?To burn always with this hard, gemlike flame ..."
This interview was done by a Christian group.http://www.thirdway.org.uk/past/showpage.asp?page=3949My favorite response:"The totality of what I know is no more than the tiniest pinprick of light in an enormous encircling darkness of all the things I don’t know – which includes the number of atoms in the Atlantic Ocean, the thoughts going through the mind of my next-door neighbour at this moment and what is happening two miles above the surface of the planet Mars. In this illimitable darkness there may be God and I don’t know, because I don’t know.But if we look at this pinprick of light and come closer to it, like a camera zooming in, so that it gradually expands until here we are, sitting in this room, surrounded by all the things we do know – such as what the time is and how to drive to London and all the other things that we know, what we’ve read about history and what we can find out about science – nowhere in this knowledge that’s available to me do I see the slightest evidence for God.So, within this tiny circle of light I’m a convinced atheist; but when I step back I can see that the totality of what I know is very small compared to the totality of what I don’t know. So, that’s my position."So very descriptive!