his dark materials: the golden compass

I always find it funny when books like Harry Potter and Percy Jackson get crap for being ‘witchcraft’ and ‘anti-christian’ but you know who no one ever talks about? Phillip Pullman and his masterpiece His Dark Materials trilogy. Some of you may recognize the first book’s title, The Golden Compass from the awful movie adaption, but seriously those books are so so good and full of badass witches rebelling against the vadican for mutilating children, gay ass angels who join the rebellion so they can be free to love each other, an ex nun who escapes the oppression of the church to pursue a life of science, a little girl who is so good at manipulating she overthrows an entire empire in one day, and a 12 year old boy who murders god with a knife

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steven universe (marble madness & open book) » his dark materials trilogy (plus that one movie)

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Get to know me - [5/30 Female Characters] ➝ Lyra Belacqua

In many ways Lyra was a barbarian. What she liked best was clambering over the College roofs, to spit plum stones on the heads of passing Scholars or to hoot like owls outside a window where a tutorial was going on, or racing through the narrow streets, or stealing apples from the market, or waging war.

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favourite 2017 books:

Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman

It was such a strange tormenting feeling when your daemon was pulling at the link between you; part physical pain deep in the chest, part intense sadness and love. Everyone tested it when they were growing up: seeing how far they could pull apart, coming back with intense relief.

I’ve been greatly criticized for the attention to religion that I give in the books, but I’ve been criticized, on the whole, by people who haven’t read the books. My attitude to religion is that religion is a most interesting and extraordinary human phenomenon. I’m fascinated by it, interested in it, and at some points critical of it. And the points when I become critical are the points when politics come into it, and religion acquires political power — political with a small “p,” for example, within the confines of a single family, or Political with a large “P,” on a national or international scale.

When religion gets the power to tell people how to dress, who to fall in love with, how to behave, what they must not read, what they must not wear, all those things, then religion goes bad. … Religion is private thing, and a fine thing and a good thing, as long as it remains private. As soon as it becomes public and political, it’s dangerous. That’s the position I’ve taken up in the first series and the position this current one takes up as well.

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we’ll live in birds and flowers and dragonflies and pine trees and in clouds and in those little specks of light you see floating in sunbeams… and when they use our atoms to make new lives, they won’t just be able to take one, they’ll have to take two, one of you and one of me, we’ll be joined so tight…

More Dæmon Questions
  • In HDM, the focus tends to be on the positive relationships between people and dæmons, but there must presumably be people who have bad relationships with them as well. People with dæmons who belittle them, ignore them, point out the worst in every scenario. Could that be how many mental health problems manifest in Lyra’s world? 
  • On a similar note, would hurting your own dæmon be a form of self harm? How common is it in relation to other kinds?
  • If a person with a dæmon had a dissociative identity disorder, would their dæmon change to reflect their different personalities? Or would the dæmon simply display different personality traits and names?
  • Do the dæmons of people with young mental ages ever settle? 
  • What is the youngest age at which a dæmon has settled?
  • Who names dæmons? I would imagine there must be a pool of names which are used specifically for dæmons, never for people. But who chooses them? Is it the parents? Or is it the parents’ daemons?
  • What is the largest form a dæmon has ever taken? In the books, they never seem to take inconveniently large forms, but is it possible for a dæmon to settle as, say, a shire horse or a killer whale?    
  • Do the personality traits associated with dæmon forms vary by culture? For instance, some parts of the world view dogs as loyal and friendly, but others see them as dirty and dangerous creatures. Is it possible that two incredibly different people could have the same kind of daemon, because the form represents different things in each culture?
  • Are there laws against touching other people’s dæmons without permission? Is it treated in a similar fashion to sexual assault?
  • Which dæmon forms are the most discriminated against? What unfair stereotypes do different forms carry? 
  • How true to the animal are dæmon forms when it comes to biology? Do snake dæmons see in infrared? Do bird dæmons have magnetoreception? Can the humans share in these sensations to some extent, and does this make them better suited to certain jobs? Imagine police officers with dog dæmons that can follow scent trails.