19261Re: [mythsoc] (Pullman)
- Dec 13, 2007On Dec 13, 2007, at 12:25 PM, alexeik@... wrote:
> Are they entirely unjustified in this, though? Not all of Pullman'sIt starts out presenting it as if it's the real world, but since
> story takes place in a fantasy world: parts of it are anchored in
> the primary world as well (or a world so similar to ours that its
> precise identity makes no difference)
fantasy events begin to happen in it it's revealed as just another
fantasy world by that very fact. And it's not the portrayal of
religious figures in Will's world that upsets the people calling for
boycotts of the film or removal of the books from libraries but how
they appear in Lyra's world and the fantasy worlds of the third book.
> . . . the subplot involving Dr. Mary Malone, the ex-nun-turned-I like the idea of the two scenes being inverse of each other; I'd
> scientist who jettisons both her religious vocation and her faith
> in general as a result of tasting marzipan. If this took place
> entirely in a fantasy setting, it could be taken as a clever
> reversal of the "Turkish delight" theme in _LWW_, and appreciated
> on the same level, mythopoeically.
not thought of that before. It struck me as the most trivial possible
reason to lose yr faith; I hope for her sake it was at least good
marzipan, just as I've always hoped it was a pretty good apple.
> Whether one agrees with him or not, it turns his story into aI thought the first book was brilliant. The second was an interesting
> primary-world polemic rather than a mythopoeic statement. This is
> what terminally ruined _The Amber Spyglass_ for me, although I
> really enjoyed most of the two previous books.
attempt to start from a different point and work to the same place;
didn't quite come off, but worth reading. The third was a terrible
hash, both polemic (which was annoying) and mythopoeic (mainly I
think derived from Blake's prophetic books). I've always wondered
what the original version of the third book, which he took back from
the publisher and extensively rewrote, was like.
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