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I posted this in the worst book forum... and then have continued to be so up in arms about this book I decided I should let other parents/christians know. So here goes.
But, I must say I was entirely INCENSED at Pullman's The Golden Compass series because he starts out innocently enough with these children and their intriguing familiars/animal companions and then by the third book he starts COMPLETELY trying to indoctrinate kids into his socio-political agenda which happens to advocate atheism and bash organized religions of any kind, but particularly Catholicism. Now, I am a Catholic, and I appreciate people with other opinions that are different than my own - but this guy was completely out of line!! He was entirely sneaky about it. Don't get kids hooked on a cute series with engaging characters with no mention or allusion to these kinds of issues and then, after their hooked, start messing with their young impressionable minds!! THIS Is why I read books before my kids do - to keep people like this Pullman character from warping their minds and confusing them with his underhanded tactics. There's plenty of other people out there that will be MORE than happy to have a nice discussion, argument, or wrestling match for that matter with you over religion and politics. Leave my kids alone.
WHEW. Sorry about that. I REALLY hated that book. Momma tiger.
1. Have you read the book or seen the movie? Or are you just going on what you heard?
2. Are the "hidden meanings" about as hidden as Dr. Seuss and his political agenda (enjoyable to kids, obvious to adults) in all his kids' books? Or is it obvious?
I mean no sarcasm in my questions. I'm curious.
I read the books..... I was on book 3 (the last in the series) before I stopped. Acutally, the first book seemed quite harmless, and the second I thought maybe I was just reading too deeply into it, but by the THIRD I definately felt like I was being indoctrinated. And, I did not see the movies BECAUSE of what was in the books and didn't want to support something that went against my beliefs. I think the hidden meanings become MORE obvious to adults as you go through, though it is always (atleast until mid book 3, where I stopped) implied through words or related imagery rather than stated..
I'm not saying not to read them, actually, though I strongly encourage you to not "buy" the books and help the industry turn a profit from this. Maybe check it out of the library or borrow them from a friend. Becuase, quite honestly, (though if you are a christian you will probably feel as outraged as I was by the end) they are a good example of the power of words - and the power an author has over the ideas that his audience comes in contact with and how that can be a danger to our kids if it is utilized inappropriately.
Actually, after I read the books and felt so upset, I decided to research the author more on the internet and found out more about his philosophy and his project. In fact, I was reading a book of letters from JRR Tolkien several months later and by absolute coincidence one of the letters in there remarked on Tolkien's conversation/ correspondence with Pullman and DIRECTLY stated how Pullman wanted to use the books as a method of opening children's eyes to the misdirection that they have been led into with organized religion through their parents and their parents own upbringing. Having been brought to all of this information, particularly that letter which I was not looking for and felt was rather some work of divine intervention that brought me too it, I really feel that other parents need alerted to this guy... and to the strong sway that children's book author's themselves have over our kid's mind --- its a lesson in really reading books before allowing your kid's' to, in my mind.
Kimberly, that reminds me of a Casting Crowns song....
Be careful, little eyes, what you see.
It's the second glance that ties your hands
As darkness pulls the strings.
I haven't read or seen either, but I know a lot of people got the impression that they were bad. Thank you for sharing your perspective!