History Literature / HisDarkMaterials

21st Feb '17 5:22:27 AM RookEncounte
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** Also used to emphasize that it is ideology, not force, that will change people's minds. The ultimate conflict is not Lord Asriel's army against the Authority, but rather [[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre individualist humanism]] versus blind force and blind belief. Lyra and Will's actions are important because they realize that their lives are their own for living, not simply as pieces in a larger struggle. Similarly, Mary's discoveries [[spoiler: about Dust and the Amber Spyglass]] are important because she ''proves'' that everyone has worth as an individual, not just as part of a greater cause.
18th Feb '17 8:48:29 PM basilinna
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In February 2017, Pullman announced the upcoming release of an "equel" companion trilogy titled ''The Book of Dust'', with the first book due to be released in October of the same year.
11th Feb '17 12:39:56 PM temmychan
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Pre-teen Lyra Silvertongue (originally Belacqua, but she soon disowns this name due to the events of the first book) lives in an alternate, [[GaslampFantasy Gaslamp Fantasy]] world ([[ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld Zeppelins!]]) in which people's souls live outside their bodies in the form of Dæmons, which take on animal forms according to the person's personality. She leaves her life as a [[PluckyGirl wild child]] roaming Jordan College to go on a quest to save her best friend who has been kidnapped.

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Pre-teen Lyra Silvertongue (originally Belacqua, but she soon disowns this name due to the events of the first book) lives in an alternate, [[GaslampFantasy Gaslamp Fantasy]] world ([[ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld Zeppelins!]]) in which people's souls live outside their bodies in the form of Dæmons, which take on animal forms according to the person's personality. She leaves her life as a [[PluckyGirl wild child]] roaming Jordan College College, Oxford (Not actually a real Oxford University college, but this distinction is intentional) to go on a quest to save her best friend who has been kidnapped.
6th Feb '17 8:25:07 AM Outis
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* {{God}}: Well, sort of. [[spoiler:In actuality, "The Authority" is the oldest of the Angels, and claims to have created the universe. It is heavily implied that God is a far more abstract presence that manifests, in the various worlds, as "Dust".]]

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* {{God}}: Well, sort of. [[spoiler:In actuality, "The Authority" is merely the oldest and (once) most powerful of the Angels, and falsely claims to have created the universe. It is heavily implied that God is a far more abstract presence that manifests, in the various worlds, as "Dust".]]
5th Dec '16 7:57:06 PM somebob
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* LastNameBasis: Ma Costa is only known as that. No first name is ever given for her. The only other identifying description is Billy's mother.
21st Nov '16 7:37:09 PM somebob
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** Lyra gets one in the same book when, after being kidnapped and taken to Experiment Station, learns from the other girls that not only does Mrs Coulter come there, but that she will be arriving in two days.
21st Nov '16 2:34:54 PM iriscal
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*** This is also justified since Ci'gazze is the center of a culture that for the last 300 years has stolen culture and ideas from every other world. Naturally, that could include language.
14th Nov '16 7:46:12 PM somebob
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* UncannyValley: How people in Lyra's world view those humans who don't have daemons. Lyra was about to vomit upon seeing Tony, a victim of the Gobblers, without his daemon, likening it to seeing someone without a face or with their chest open. She eventually got better after visiting Will's world.
14th Nov '16 7:31:54 PM somebob
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* ChekhovsGun: The spy-fly Lyra and the Gyptians capture early in their trek north was placed into a special tin by Iorek on Lyra's suggestion and finally used as a distraction by Lyra to get away from Mrs Coulter.
7th Nov '16 7:17:15 PM somebob
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* SecretTestOfCharacter: In the first book, Dr Lanselius had Lyra use the alethiometer twice. This was to determine if she was TheChosenOne by reading it accurately. Without telling him, Lyra knew the first reading was a test as the alethiometer told her so.
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