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The Golden Compass
The Golden Compass
A film in the same genre as "The Chronicles of Narnia" but with a little twist - in this world a persons soul lives on the outside of their body in the form of a "daemon", an animal spirit. The young can change the shape of their daemon but as they mature they tend to stick to one specific animal. ...more
From: Lady Sekhmet , 184 months, post #1
This film, due out December 7th, seems to be very similar to The Chronicles of Narnia with a little twist - in this world a persons soul lives on the outside of their body in the form of a "daemon", an animal spirit. The young can change the shape of their daemon but as they mature they tend to stick to one specific animal.

This is an obvious symbol of how we all see the ourselves as having infinite possibilities as children, yet come to know our own abilities and failings as we mature. There are many "furries" who see their interest in an animal persona for just this reason. It's a form that most closely matches how they see their own basic characteristics - not physically, but inside... their soul.

One other interesting turn about this novel - for the most part a persons animal daemon is of the opposite sex :)

Find out what your own daemon is here:
The Golden Compass /

From: Lady Sekhmet , 184 months, post #2
And fwiw, my daemon came out as "Inachus", a male ocelot. sheesh...

From: guest (pupdude) , 184 months, post #3
major difference between "Narnia" and "Compass" .. the former based on Christianity, the latter based on atheism/agnosticism

From: guest (lasuvala) , 184 months, post #4
my daemon is named Eumeila, a female jackal. this movie started out as a book by the same name

From: Inry , 184 months, post #5
Imo, Compass based on Animism/Shamanism. Maybe, i's author is an atheist but it's not what his story based on. For example, H.P.Lovecraft, who were atheist too, or R.Zelazny, who wrote books based on many myphos.
My friend who in Zoroastrism, says that Narnia more like his beliefs that Christianity (I were not agree with him, just for example). If something is not Christianity it's not have to be Atheism.

I suppose, that movie topic would be re-qualified as "Mystical" only. Not furry, not gender, not Animal. There were furry creatures, but only daemons could change their shapes.

From: Bisected8 , 184 months, post #6
I recall reading the first book in this series (His Dark Materials if I recall correctly) few years ago (I was about 14 at the time). It wasn't to my taste but my brother read all of them.

From: guest (Bryan) , 184 months, post #7
The His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman is well worth checking out if you're a fan of the fantasy genre. I read them about a year ago and maybe it's about time to revisit them, especially with this movie about to come out.

From: guest (News Monster) , 184 months, post #8
Those books were pretty good. They were much darker than most other fantasy books, what with the creepies and crawlies and the politics and the deaths upon deaths. Still, they are a true example of that situation of the first book really being the best.

From: guest , 184 months, post #9
The books were great (dark and deep, very nice). Sadly, many people who know about the film seem to be in the dark about the book series.

From: guest (Arkain) , 184 months, post #10
There are no furry or gender changes in the series at all.

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