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Dec. 4th, 2007

04:54 pm - Nice Phillip Pullman interview - possible spoilers!

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http://www.moreintelligentlife.com/node/697

He had written fairy tales, detective stories, melodramas, thrillers and fantasies. But when Philip Pullman embarked on his trilogy, “His Dark Materials”, he went back to the most fundamental story of all: the one with the snake, the apple and the fig leaf. He recast Adam and Eve as a 12-year-old girl and boy living in parallel universes, who meet, fall in love and spend the night together. This time God, known as the Authority, fades away and dies. “I thought there would be a small audience,” Pullman says, “a few clever kids somewhere and a few intelligent adults who thought, ‘That’s all right, quite enjoyed it.’” Well, he got that wrong.

The books have been translated into 40 languages and sold 15m copies, and that’s only the beginning. In 2003 and 2004, a stage version was a big hit at the National Theatre in London. This month the phenomenon goes to another level with the release of the film, starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig. It’s produced by New Line, which brought us “The Lord of the Rings” 1, 2 and 3. By the time New Line has worked its way through the trilogy, Pullman’s rewrite of Genesis 3 will have gone far beyond its bedtime-reading, Waterstone’s-shopping, theatre-going constituency. It will have become a story known by people who may not even read.

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From:nasu_dengaku
Date:December 5th, 2007 12:03 am (UTC)
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Thanks, Spoiler Boy. Reposting someone else's spoilerriffic article is still spoiling.
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From:crasch
Date:December 5th, 2007 12:26 am (UTC)
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I dunno. The book has been out since 1995. I figure someone who really doesn't want to be spoiled will avoid author interviews in which they might be asked about important plot points.

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From:nasu_dengaku
Date:December 5th, 2007 02:05 am (UTC)
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That's true, and there is a question of how much time can pass before spoiling is ok. However, there are a lot of people reading the books now, and a lot of people who haven't read the books who are about to see the movie.

Also, I read so fast that I was reading the spoiler before I knew that there was going to be one.

Grr.
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From:darius
Date:December 5th, 2007 02:31 am (UTC)
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I agree that spoilers should be under an LJ-cut -- a warning above the text isn't that effective. OTOH I've read this series and I don't think the quoted bits were terribly spoilerific.
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From:nasu_dengaku
Date:December 5th, 2007 03:07 am (UTC)
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Actually, when I read the post there wasn't a spoiler warning at the top. Crasch added it after I added my comment.
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From:kittles
Date:December 5th, 2007 07:44 am (UTC)
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I'm not sure these basics really spoil the books and certainly not the movie. I mean, the boy won't even be in the movie, nor does the first book extend to the whole question of God.
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