Never-Ending Story

OMFG.  I’m debuting this print at ECCC ~today~ in Seattle!  I’ll list it on etsy soon, too.  I adore this movie, and actually adore the book even more–but I’ll do a separate poster for the book, because it is sooo different and shouldn’t be in 80s-vision.


I watched ‘The NeverEnding Story’ for the first time, and now I want to ride my dog

On this week’s episode of The Geek Awakens, I watched The NeverEnding Story. I’m not sure what I expected when I started this movie, but let me say, it’s a weird one. 

I am glad I saw this movie as an adult because the story is a little tough to follow at times, and as a kid, I would have been so lost. Also, it gets dark at times. Real dark.

Can anyone explain this passage from The Neverending Story to me?

It runs like this:

“Falkor,” Atreyu asked, “do you suppose the Childlike Empress cares what becomes of Bastian?”

“Maybe not,” said Falkor. “She draws no distinctions.”

“Then,” said Atreyu, “she is really a …”

“Don’t say it,” Falkor broke in. “I know what you mean, but don’t say it.”

And I want to know what they’re talking about.  I’ve asked this question before and been told things like “Maybe we’re not supposed to know what they meant by that,” but I feel like there’s one really specific word or concept that must go there and I don’t know what it is.  And if I did know, it would make sense, but not knowing, it doesn’t.  And it’s been sort of lurking in the back of my mind making me think (but pretty futilely, because I can never come up with the answer to this riddle) ever since I first read the book as a teenager.

So does anyone know what was meant here?  Either the word, or the concept even?  Preferably a word, but even a concept would be better than nothing.