Sunday, December 09, 2007

The Golden Compass

So I went with mom and nephew this weekend to see The Golden Compass. As with most fantasy, I don't think the movie is as good as the books it is based on.

But for me, there was a bigger problem. This fantasy series by Pullman has some not-so-hidden-agenda to it, but done in a way to apparently attempt to sugar-coat and influence the minds of children who read the books. verifies my perceptions.
Pullman is an atheist who cannot understand or believe in God and has problems with organized religion.

So, his whole book series is a fantasy about a universe in which organized religion is evil, witches and demons are good, and religion is against reason and free-will. The culmination of the series is when the children destroy the fake God created by the church to control people. In this installment, the church (called the Magisterium) is kidnapping children and torturing them, trying to separate them from their animal-soul-demons so they can be good adults, free from the influences of dust, which connects all the universe together.

I wouldn't mind so much if this were just a genuine fantasy without an agenda. But as blue as Daniel Craig's eyes are and as cool as computer-generated warrior polar bears are, I find myself totally turned off by the veiled promotion of personal anti-religious agendas to the youth through fiction literature.


Safiya Outlines said...

Salaam Alaikum,

Me too. Plus the most infuriating thing is that there is no need for such motives, it just spoils what is an excellent work.

I found the first book almost bearable, but as the series progressed, the anti religion stuff began to irritate me more.

I am thankful every day for being a believer, for knowing God exists, for that peek at the divine and that the universe and Al Ghayb are more amazing and wonderful then I could ever imagine.

I am really sorry that Phillip Pullman does not feel that and I pray that one day he will.

ألِف said...

Why should a fantasy work promoting organised religion be favoured over one which doesn't or even one which opposes it? Is this only justified because you are an organised-religious person?!

What's bad about having an agenda?! Doesn't every effort have one?

Safiya, what makes you think that an atheist isn't awed by the magnificence of the universe?!