Friday, November 23, 2007

Ban the Bomb not Books

Pullman is a superb writer and his "Dark Materials" trilogy is an intelligent read for young adults who've thumbed through Potter and want something more. Unfortunately, a Catholic school board in Ontario has pulled The Golden Compass fantasy book (soon to be a Hollywood blockbuster starring Nicole Kidman) off school library shelves. Guess they didn't like a statement in one of Pullman's interviews in which he said he was an atheist. Yup. That was the reason folks. Almost sounds like this is Amurica. Anyway, get out and read a copy (it's not just for kids). Before the flick comes to a screen near you.


Douglas Wilcox said...

Good grief Alison, that's shocking! Banning gets followed by burning. An attack on freedom to read is only going to damage the ability of the next generation to be free thinkers. Maybe that's what they want.


Michael said...

Some people already have enough fantasy in their lives without Pullman adding to it and making it worse, or, at least, that's seems to be the reasoning. Fortunately, the rest of us have clambered out of the Dark Ages and found the light of Reason.

Now, what about Bruce's award? Did he, did he, did he?? I'm dying to know!

Alison Dyer said...

Douglas, I agree. Enough to make one go out and by all the recently banned books (anti-Banned Book Week - or whatever it's called - is in October - missed it this year).

Alison Dyer said...

Hi Michael - out of town this weekend (and no internet) so I'll have to go check Biblioasis site!