His Dark Materials art by Zuzanna Celej.
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:
I remember these books very well but haven’t reread yet so no direct quotes; minor spoilers below for the rest of Golden Compass.
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.
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.
symbols of the alethiometer - part oneanchor, hourglass, chameleon, bull, beehive, angel, helmet, dolphin, globe, lute, compass, candle.
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.
So much lust for the Folio Society edition of His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman. Illustrated by Peter Bailey
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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.
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.
From Lyra’s Oxford, by Phillip Pullman
“Clearly he was the superior Bear-King.”