Monday, November 19, 2007

The Golden Compass--another Harry Potter like controversy?

I don't want to ruffle any feathers, really, but there's something disturbing (in my opinion) going on. The Golden Compass is being attacked. Yes, people are attacking a children's movie. I've been reading several online threads of support both for and against the movie and I don't know about you, but it feels like Harry Potter resistance all over again. Anyone else notice this?

A thread somewhere got my attention when a poster said something like, "Oh, some parents think if their kid loves the movie, he/she will want to read the book and then will become an atheist." Really? From a children's novel? Huh. And I was under the impression that reading expanded kids' minds and don't we think they're strong enough not to be influenced by everything they read, watch or hear?

I cannot wait to see the movie. I love Nicole Kidman, love the book and think the trailer looks amazing!

If that felt like a rant, well, it was. It seems that some people go waaaay too far and I'm sure the backlash against the movie will only get stronger.

So, what's your take on the situation?

2 shout outs:

Erica Orloff said...

I am disgusted by the controversy--most especially since those screaming the loudest haven't read his work, haven't read his interviews (in which he is against powerful, dogmatic and oppressive institutions that are corrupt--versus a blanket statement of atheism) and want something banned or boycotted that they aren't intelligent enough to debate on its intellectual merits.

Jessica Burkhart said...

Exactly, Erica! Thank you for saying it better than I did! :)

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