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His Dark Materials...

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brisinger  Male  Lancashire 12-Nov-2019 16:09 Message #4762195
After reading the books it was one I watched with trepidation. I must admit though that up to now it's kept pretty much to the trilogy.

I did notice the Sun readers have been as illiterate as ever asking why Lyra's Daemon didn't change to a larger animal to fight Mrs. Coulter. You can tell they haven't read it because Philip Pullman in 'Northern Light' expressly points out that Lyra becomes too weak to change her Daemon and the monkey had overmastered him (p87).
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Andromeda  Female  Berkshire 12-Nov-2019 18:43 Message #4762206
That seems to be a bit unfair. I’m watching this series but I haven’t read the book and it’s the type of tale which encourages you to ask many questions.
I don’t think I’m illiterate.
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wonderoushen  Female  Gwynedd 12-Nov-2019 18:48 Message #4762208
I've not read the books either and I've watched one episode and have this weeks waiting to watch, to be honest I still don't know if I like it. I'm not illiterate either and I read lots of books, real books and I don't consider myself any less of a person because there are still so many many books out there I've not read.
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brisinger  Male  Lancashire 12-Nov-2019 19:24 Message #4762213
When I read the books I found it thought provoking in Pullman's use of Milton's theological and philosophical poem Paradise Lost.
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Minnie-the-Minx  Female  Hertfordshire 12-Nov-2019 22:17 Message #4762225
Being fair, the books are aimed at young teens. Old crocks like us are well beyond the target audience, unless we have a very young reading age. Although, I must say, I have read them, but before the film came out. I quite enjoyed them, but not as much as HP.
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MrQuiet  Male  Northamptonshire 13-Nov-2019 08:43 Message #4762246
Sounds interesting I might watch it on CatchUp.
Male
HotOrWot  Male  Lancashire 17-Nov-2019 15:55 Message #4762678
It’s on again tonight.
Female
nellieredshoes  Female  West Yorkshire 17-Nov-2019 19:11 Message #4762694
Minnie’s comment sent me to do some research.

When I was training to teach reading I seemed to remember hearing that The Sun wrote for readers with a reading age of 14. A few minutes zinging about the internet rated ‘His Dark Materials ‘ at a reading age of 10+ with an interest age of 10+. A little more research found The Sun at a reading age of 8+.

I don’t draw any inferences from this. People frequently comment on things about which they have no knowledge. I’m guilty of that myself. I’ve never let the truth get in the way of a good story. ;0)
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brisinger  Male  Lancashire 18-Nov-2019 00:13 Message #4762706
I never got into hp. They seemed to lack depth of duality and lack of subtext. I much prefer Terry Goodkind.
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MrQuiet  Male  Northamptonshire 18-Nov-2019 05:39 Message #4762708
I’ve watched three episodes and I’m not overly impressed. It’s ok but I don’t think I’ll bother persevering.
Female
wonderoushen  Female  Gwynedd 18-Nov-2019 11:12 Message #4762741
I've got the third episode to watch, and after watching the second I still don't know if I like it, I can see myself watching the whole series and still not knowing.
Female
Minnie-the-Minx  Female  Hertfordshire 18-Nov-2019 22:29 Message #4762811
I'm finding it quite engaging. I prefer the series to the film, even if Daniel Craig was in it.
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Cassis  Female  Cambridgeshire 19-Nov-2019 01:22 Message #4762816
I tried, but was afraid my boredom might become terminal if I didn't switch it off.

Now, "War of the Worlds" was well worth watching; I shall definitely be there for episode 2
Female
wonderoushen  Female  Gwynedd 19-Nov-2019 10:42 Message #4762836
Now thats a story I've never got on with, maybe it was being exposed to Rick Wakeman's version of it at to young an age? But it really is something that everyone's raved about and I've thought 'so what?'

Male
HotOrWot  Male  Lancashire 9-Dec-2019 06:37 Message #4764603
Has anyone persevered with this? I gave up weeks ago.


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