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On January 29th, 2004 10:51 am (UTC), chuck_lw commented:
I've never heard that much about His Dark Materials, but it sounds like it might be interesting.
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On January 29th, 2004 11:32 am (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
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The His Dark Materials books (Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass) are indeed interesting. They're a fantasy series for young adults, though much more original and, indeed, fantastic than the usual wizards-and-dragons-and-gnomes stuff. Oh, and then there's the notorious humanist subtext, so not found in the post-C.S.Lewis world of fantasy. Which is quite refreshing.

Rumour has it that the minor villain in the second Harry Potter book (the charlatan magician) was a backhanded reference to Philip Pullman; J.K. Rowling, you see, is a devout Christian and an admirer of C.S. Lewis, whom Pullman denounced in a Guardian article as "racist and sexist", among other things.
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On January 29th, 2004 12:13 pm (UTC), chuck_lw replied:
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>J.K. Rowling, you see, is a devout Christian and an admirer of C.S. Lewis,

I didn't know about that part. Doesn't lend much support to some peoples' theories that J.K. Rowling was contracted by the Satanic conspiracy to corrupt young minds.
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On January 29th, 2004 07:03 pm (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
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Mainstream Christianity seems quite positive on Rowling (the Pope and Anglican (ObUS: Episcopalian) leaders, for example, are on record as approving of Harry Potter). Mind you, those who believe that Harry Potter is a Satanic plot probably believe that the Pope is the Antichrist, or a servant thereof, and are probably well beyond the reach of anything resembling common sense.
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