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dtysen:

920tattoocompany:

Alethiometer tattoo by Carrie #920tattoo #tattoos #compasstattoo #tattoostattoostattoos #igdaily #instagood #nofilter

Right. I am getting this.

dtysen:

920tattoocompany:

Alethiometer tattoo by Carrie #920tattoo #tattoos #compasstattoo #tattoostattoostattoos #igdaily #instagood #nofilter

Right. I am getting this.

His Dark Materials art by Zuzanna Celej.

The Golden Compass: Chapters 1–3

thetimetravelinggiraffe:

callowyn:

warpfactornope:

hisdarkbookclub:

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oh, that answers my question from earlier… although! I’m still interested in seeing if people’s dæmons are deterministic of their futures and whether there’s some kind of class or caste system based on people’s dæmons (do people judge others based on what shape their dæmons are?) — rubato

i think that there is an intersection wrt dæmons and class in some way:

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I remember these books very well but haven’t reread yet so no direct quotes; minor spoilers below for the rest of Golden Compass.

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The other thing that always left me flat with this was the emphasis on all the mains’ “nobility.” Like, as an inherent quality that they can recognize in each other. Lyra, mrs coulter, lord asriel, iorek, the witches, will… Whatever their current station or privilege, hey are noticed and powerful and important because they are fierce and proud and noble (or, at least, their importance is marked by that nobility). And consistently that is upheld as positive, their ability to dominate other people, and the intimation that their “class” gives them the right/need to make decisions and take action on behalf of all people.

faerielandsforlorn:

Discussing film adaptations of His Dark Materials:

MJ: Has there been any interest in making another go at it?
PP: I’m quite tempted by the idea of doing it as a 24-part TV series like Game of Thrones. It doesn’t need the scale of the movie screen, it needs the length of a TV series.

This would make me deliriously happy. With an HBO production they wouldn’t need to downplay the controversial aspects of the book. They cold deal seriously with the themes of the text.
(via His Grimm Materials: A Conversation With Philip Pullman | Mother Jones)

faerielandsforlorn:

Discussing film adaptations of His Dark Materials:

MJ: Has there been any interest in making another go at it?

PP: I’m quite tempted by the idea of doing it as a 24-part TV series like Game of Thrones. It doesn’t need the scale of the movie screen, it needs the length of a TV series.

This would make me deliriously happy. With an HBO production they wouldn’t need to downplay the controversial aspects of the book. They cold deal seriously with the themes of the text.

(via His Grimm Materials: A Conversation With Philip Pullman | Mother Jones)

symbols of the alethiometer - part one
anchor, hourglass, chameleon, bull, beehive, angel, helmet, dolphin, globe, lute, compass, candle.

rowkey:

Finally finished up my rendition of Mary Malone and the Mulefa, characters from Philip Pullman’s “The Amber Spyglass”.  This picture you guys. The sketching and color comping were swell, but for some reason when I went to actually start the thing it just…got away from me. The colors didn’t come together, I mucked up the sky pretty badly, I messed up stretching the paper and it was buckling everywhere. I ended up with this.
So! This is the first time I’ve successfully used digital-over-traditional-medium, and I’m pretty excited with how it turned out.  I don’t want the technique to become a crutch, of course, but it’s nice to know the option’s there. 

rowkey:

Finally finished up my rendition of Mary Malone and the Mulefa, characters from Philip Pullman’s “The Amber Spyglass”.  This picture you guys. The sketching and color comping were swell, but for some reason when I went to actually start the thing it just…got away from me. The colors didn’t come together, I mucked up the sky pretty badly, I messed up stretching the paper and it was buckling everywhere. I ended up with this.

So! This is the first time I’ve successfully used digital-over-traditional-medium, and I’m pretty excited with how it turned out.  I don’t want the technique to become a crutch, of course, but it’s nice to know the option’s there. 

catsandthelaw:

So much lust for the Folio Society edition of His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman. Illustrated by Peter Bailey

With every second that went past, with every sentence she spoke, she felt a little strength flowing back. And now that she was doing something difficult and familiar and never quite predictable, namely lying, she felt a sort of mastery again, the same sense of complexity and control that the alethiometer gave her. She had to be careful not to say anything obviously impossible; she had to be vague in some places and invent plausible details in others; she had to be an artist, in short.
The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman
Day 30 – Your favorite book of all time

This is never a fair question, but the answer I generally give? The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman.

I just can’t with this book/series, okay. I was in love on the first read, even though that went something like this:

Ursula, age 8: And then the polar bears and the witches and the cowboys all got in a fight with hot air balloons!!

Which led to the amazing/embarrassing revelation, some years later:

Ursula, age 16: And then it was a Biblical allegory??

(I was not a churchgoing child. Maybe most other Americans would have gotten it.)

I am actually about due for a reread, in which I will probably go all Foucault on its ass. Because you know that shit is all about the disciplining of young/brown/female bodies, mmhmm.

But I really think makes this series so wizardly and great is that it doesn’t sacrifice awesome adventures for its really astute thesis on Western religious concepts and the abuses of the Church. Or vice-versa. In fact, you can’t even separate the two! Lyra’s struggle for the steampunk plot MacGuffin is also one for physical, spiritual, intellectual, and sexual autonomy, and I love that so damn much.

I also have a lot of epic bittersweet tragedy antihero feels about…almost every character in the cast of thousands? Fuck.

Day 16 – Favorite female character

Lyra, from His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

I was having a conversation with hatalie a couple weeks ago, and she said something about why Lyra is such a great character. “It’s because in a book about repression by the Church, her biggest virtues are things considered sinful.” And it’s true! She uses heavily moralized, feminine-coded, weapons of the weak. She lies, she questions authority, she masters the kind of knowledge they value most, and she uses it against them. Just like they were afraid of.

What an utter badass.

calembredaines:

From Lyra’s Oxford, by Phillip Pullman

calembredaines:

From Lyra’s Oxford, by Phillip Pullman

ibtk:

“Clearly he was the superior Bear-King.”

ibtk:

“Clearly he was the superior Bear-King.”