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18 January 2004 @ 02:14 pm
I have been trying to post this since last night! >:0!!  

What a mindfuck. I suppose I've read other books with similar ideas, but somehow these seem more shocking. The reason I think they are more scary and less for children than HP is that I think in some respects - especially in the first two books - things are far more realistic in HDM than in HP. Children are kidnapped, tortured, threatened, harmed, and while these things happen in HP, they're generally done with magic (the Dursleys notwithstanding). I just think that would be much more frightening to kids.

That being said, I found them very interesting. They were certainly captivating - I finished all three in just a few days. And I read quickly, but still - I didn't want to put them down. But wow, there's some major hatred of religion going on. I am not a religious person, but I don't hate religion or religious people, so I think Pullman must've had some bad experiences. Bizarre that he channeled this into some books supposedly for children. I think in some respects what they most of are Madeline L'Engle's books - sort of sci-fi and fantasy and children and god all wrapped up in an interesting tale.

eleveninches and weatherby asked me earlier what Dust was. I was like, hell if I know - romantic love? Sexual maturity? Self-awareness? I don't know if Pullman knows. As I said - mindfuck. *reads Cosmo to make brain get loose again*


The cable has finally been hooked up to my TV, so I can watch all manner of crap whenever I want without dealing with Dad. This is excellent.

Even more excellent, when my mom redid my taxes and added in the interest paid on my student loans, we found that I will be getting back $36 rather than paying the IRS over $400. It's not much, but it's WAY better than having to try and figure out where I was going to get nearly $500. \:D/
 
 
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furious george: And my teeth aren't teeth but pearls.weatherby on January 18th, 2004 04:09 pm (UTC)
Well! I had been embarrassed when Erin asked me because I hadn't read them in months, and I was like, Gosh, I really don't know. I felt very stupid.
Vicki: Sexxxehhermorrine on January 18th, 2004 04:48 pm (UTC)
No reason to be embarassed - he never comes out and actually says what it is. I had just assumed I am too stupid to figure it out.
furious george: Must be true!weatherby on January 18th, 2004 06:14 pm (UTC)
I had, too. Of course, it's possible that all three of us are just stupid. :-?
Vicki: Juliet eyeshermorrine on January 18th, 2004 06:18 pm (UTC)
Nah, Mark says he doesn't know, either. He's going to re-read them when I give them back to him next month, so maybe he'll figure it out then? :))
furious george: I walk with a sweet and girlish gait.weatherby on January 18th, 2004 06:20 pm (UTC)
I'm meaning to reread as well, but I always put rereading after reading new books and I have so many books I haven't read yet that I feel like I shouldn't reread anything. Perhaps we can all schedule a simultaenous reread to try and figure it out. :))
folk: Christopher Streetfolk on February 4th, 2004 05:54 am (UTC)
Re:
For me, Dust is everything that this Janet Jackson's Tit scandal has raised -- the hysterical reaction to whatever it is we must SAVETEHCHLIDREN!!!111 from. Knowledge? Sexual awareness? Puberty? There's a fairly clear Adam and Eve theme running through the books, too.
Teesside Snog Monster: mobius-scarfjiggery_pokery on January 19th, 2004 09:57 am (UTC)
I don't think it really needs to be anything other than what it is in the story, just so long as it's treated consistently.

Many more things to look out for on your next bus journey between Mark's house and Oxford town centre, at least. (Not least Pullman's house; go there with a bazooka and threaten to level it unless he explains!) :-)
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