HBO to Co-Produce BBC’s ‘His Dark Materials’ Adaptation

HBO to Co-Produce BBC’s ‘His Dark Materials’ Adaptation

For anybody (mostly everybody) disappointed by the 2007 film, word from Vulture is that the BBC and HBO are teaming up to produce a new adaptation of author Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy.   Image Via Philip-Pullman.com   The first of the books, The Golden Compass (Northern Lights outside North America) is set in an parallel universe ruled by a overbearing theocracy and where the human soul exists apart the body in the form of daemon, a sort of animal representation of one’s true nature. The tale follows an orphan living in Oxford named Lyra as she sets off on a fantasy adventure with witches, talking …

10 of the World’s Biggest Authors Call BS on Book Banning

10 of the World’s Biggest Authors Call BS on Book Banning

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The practice of banning books is nothing new —political, religious, and social organizations have led protests against authors and books for centuries —yet the practice is ongoing and criticism of it remains all the more relevant today. The debate surrounding this controversial subject has yet to find a conclusion —some people see book banning as unethical, while others see it as necessary at times. Regardless of the stance surrounding the issue, one thing remains clear: book banning has wide effects, good or bad. Banning books has a profound effect on the public and no one knows that more than authors.   …

Philip Pullman Drops Excerpt From ‘Northern Lights’ Follow-Up Series

Philip Pullman Drops Excerpt From ‘Northern Lights’ Follow-Up Series

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There’s dust, and then there’s Dust. Fans of Philip Pullman’s series His Dark Materials should know the difference.   Dust is hard to explain, but with Pullman’s new series, The Book of Dust, hitting shelves on October 19th, the task should become a little easier.    The original trilogy, consisting of The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass, features the feisty Lyra Belacqua, who explores parallel universes in her quest to find out what Dust is and how it works. For a series with a child protagonist and talking bears, however, the trilogy is surprisingly controversial, even landing itself on the …