Philip Pullman's best-selling YA fantasy novel The Golden Compass, the first in the trilogy His Dark Materials, was adapted -- poorly -- for the big screen in 2007 in a critical and commercial Holl
Pullman's fantasy series is probably better suited to several hours of television rather than a two-hour movie. The complex story involves science, magic, and theology. It concerns young Lyra Belacqua and her adventures in several parallel universes in which people's souls live outside their bodies as shape-shifting 'daemons.' The world is a theocracy ruled by The Magisterium (also known as 'The Church') and Pullman's books have been criticized for their apparent "anti-Christian agenda" and for "selling atheism to kids" (a controversy that no doubt contributed to the movie adaptation's poor box-office).
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