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* DoesNotLikeShoes: Lyra and Will share this trait, with the former enjoying the feel of mud under her feet and the latter deliberately roaming Cittagazze barefoot.


* OppositeSexClone: Most of the time, a woman's dæmon is male and vice versa. People with dæmons of the same sex as themselves are noted to be rare in ''Northern Lights''. Two examples are found in the series (both in ''Northern Lights''): a male servant with a male dog dæmon, and a maid with a hen dæmon. Readers speculate that having a dæmon of the same sex signifies homosexuality or transgenderism. Pullman has stated he [[ShrugOfGod isn't sure what it means himelf]]: "[it] might indicate homosexuality, or it might indicate some other sort of gift or quality, such as second sight. I do not know. But I don't have to know everything about what I write."[[http://web.archive.org/web/20040329190613/http://www.avnet.co.uk/amaranth/Critic/ivpullman.htm]]

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* OppositeSexClone: Most of the time, a woman's dæmon is male and vice versa. People with dæmons of the same sex as themselves are noted to be rare in ''Northern Lights''. Two examples are found in the series (both in ''Northern Lights''): a male servant with a male dog dæmon, and a maid with a hen dæmon. Readers speculate that having a dæmon of the same sex signifies homosexuality or transgenderism.being transgender. Pullman has stated he [[ShrugOfGod isn't sure what it means himelf]]: "[it] might indicate homosexuality, or it might indicate some other sort of gift or quality, such as second sight. I do not know. But I don't have to know everything about what I write."[[http://web.archive.org/web/20040329190613/http://www.avnet.co.uk/amaranth/Critic/ivpullman.htm]]

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: In the third book, the North of Lyra's world gets much warmer due to Lord Asriel opening a window into Cittagazze.


Pullman has also written several spin-off works: sequel novella "Lyra's Oxford" (published as a separate book), prequel novella "Once Upon a Time in the North" (published, again as a separate book) and a prequel short story "The Collector" (released on Audible.com). The publication of a follow-up trilogy''The Book of Dust'', commenced in 2017. ''The Book of Dust'' will serve as both {{prequel}} and {{sequel}}.

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Pullman has also written several spin-off works: sequel novella "Lyra's Oxford" (published as a separate book), prequel novella "Once Upon a Time in the North" (published, again as a separate book) and a prequel short story "The Collector" (released on Audible.com). The publication of a follow-up trilogy''The Book of Dust'', trilogy ''Literature/TheBookOfDust'', commenced in 2017. ''The Book of Dust'' will serve It serves as both {{prequel}} and {{sequel}}.


Fantasy trilogy by Creator/PhilipPullman.

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, 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.

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Fantasy ''His Dark Materials'' is a {{Fantasy}} trilogy by Creator/PhilipPullman.

Creator/PhilipPullman made up of ''Northern Lights'' (original UK title) a.k.a. ''The Golden Compass'' (its US title), ''The Subtle Knife'' and ''The Amber Spyglass''. Omnibus volumes containing all three volumes have appeared.

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]] alternative GaslampFantasy 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, 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.



As a point of clarification, the first book was retitled ''The Golden Compass'' for its release in the states, and in many places is better known under this title than as ''Northern Lights.'' For the film adaptation, see ''Film/TheGoldenCompass''.

Books two and three are titled ''The Subtle Knife'' and ''The Amber Spyglass'', respectively. Philip Pullman has also written two spin-off works: a sequel, ''Lyra's Oxford'' and a prequel, ''Once Upon a Time in the North.''

Apart from the film adaptation of the first book, there has been a two-part stage adaptation of the trilogy and two radio adaptations -- one an unabridged recording of the books, with Pullman himself narrating and a full cast playing the various characters, and one a more traditional radio drama presented in three two-and-a-half-hour episodes.

A BBC/HBO television series, starring Creator/DafneKeen as Lyra, Creator/JamesMcAvoy as Asriel, Creator/RuthWilson as Marisa Coulter and Creator/LinManuelMiranda as Lee Scoresby will be coming to BBC One (in the UK) and HBO (everywhere else) in 2019, written by Jack Thorne and directed by [[Film/TheKingsSpeech Tom]] [[Film/LesMiserables2012 Hooper]]. It promises to "sound every note" of the books. ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eudsYr0iER0 Trailer]])

In December 2014, Pullman released a short story, ''The Collectors'', on Audible.com.

In February 2017, Pullman announced the upcoming release of an "equel" companion trilogy titled ''Literature/TheBookOfDust'', and the first volume, ''La Belle Sauvage'', was released in October of the same year.

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As a point of clarification, the first book was retitled ''The Golden Compass'' for its release in the states, and in many places is better known under this title than as ''Northern Lights.'' For the film adaptation, see ''Film/TheGoldenCompass''.

Books two and three are titled ''The Subtle Knife'' and ''The Amber Spyglass'', respectively. Philip
Pullman has also written two several spin-off works: sequel novella "Lyra's Oxford" (published as a sequel, ''Lyra's Oxford'' and a prequel, ''Once separate book), prequel novella "Once Upon a Time in the North.''

North" (published, again as a separate book) and a prequel short story "The Collector" (released on Audible.com). The publication of a follow-up trilogy''The Book of Dust'', commenced in 2017. ''The Book of Dust'' will serve as both {{prequel}} and {{sequel}}.

The first volume had an unsuccessful film adaptation, entitled ''Film/TheGoldenCompass'' (therefore, no sequels).
Apart from the film adaptation of the first book, this, there has have been a two-part stage adaptation of the trilogy and two radio adaptations -- adaptations, one an unabridged recording of the books, with Pullman himself narrating narrating, and a full cast playing the various characters, and one a more traditional radio drama presented in three two-and-a-half-hour episodes.

A BBC/HBO television series, starring Creator/DafneKeen as Lyra, Creator/JamesMcAvoy as Asriel, Creator/RuthWilson as Marisa Coulter and Creator/LinManuelMiranda as Lee Scoresby will be coming to BBC One (in the UK) and HBO (everywhere else) in 2019, 2019. It was written by Jack Thorne and directed by [[Film/TheKingsSpeech Tom]] [[Film/LesMiserables2012 Hooper]]. It promises Its creators have promised to "sound every note" of the books. ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eudsYr0iER0 Trailer]])

In December 2014, Pullman released a short story, ''The Collectors'', on Audible.com.

In February 2017, Pullman announced the upcoming release of an "equel" companion trilogy titled ''Literature/TheBookOfDust'', and the first volume, ''La Belle Sauvage'', was released in October of the same year.
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* AnimalStereotypes: Justified with the Dæmons. They eventually "settle" on an animal form that best reflects their counterpart's personality. The fact that some of the animal symbolism used is ridiculously obscure (anyone who tells you they knew right away what the Alpine Chough symbolized is a damn liar or a [=PhD=] in literature) is just an example of [[ShownTheirWork how hard the author thought about this.]]
** In case you don't feel like digging it up: in ''Literature/ParadiseLost'', an Alpine Chough is the [[spoiler:form Satan uses to sneak into Eden.]] [[note]]it was actually a black cormorant in the poem, but the two birds look similar[[/note]]

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* AnimalStereotypes: Justified with the Dæmons. They eventually "settle" on an animal form that best reflects their counterpart's personality. The fact that some of the animal symbolism used is ridiculously obscure (anyone who tells you they knew right away what the Alpine Chough symbolized is a damn liar or a [=PhD=] in literature) is just an example of [[ShownTheirWork how hard the author thought about this.]]
** In case you don't feel like digging it up: in ''Literature/ParadiseLost'', an Alpine Chough is the [[spoiler:form Satan uses to sneak into Eden.]] [[note]]it was actually a black cormorant in the poem, but the two birds look similar[[/note]]
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* ShoutOut: The series title is a line taken from ''Literature/ParadiseLost'', which is also the origin of the term "golden compass." Frequent references to Creator/WilliamBlake also crop up.

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The series title is a line taken from ''Literature/ParadiseLost'', which is also the origin of the term "golden compass." Frequent references to Creator/WilliamBlake also crop up.up.
** Though the series is pretty opposite to the values of UsefulNotes/{{Gnosticism}}, an ancient Christian doctrine that disdained the material world and its pleasures, it contains a couple references to it, probably because Gnosticism also popularized the idea that God is actually an evil imposter. Asriel's personal Alethiometer operator is named Basilides, like one of the earliest Gnostic teachers, and there is a heroic angel named Baruch whose task is to find the chosen ones, just like in the cosmology of the Gnostic Justin.



*** Lyra embarks upon her adventures by [[Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe hiding in a wardrobe]].

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*** Lyra embarks upon her adventures by [[Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe hiding in a wardrobe]]. This is very intentional, given Pullman's opinion on said author.



* SignificantAnagram: Lord Asriel (and Marisa Coulter) ultimately sacrifice themselves by wrestling the Metatron and dragging him into the Abyss to [[spoiler:protect their daughter from the Metatron]]. "Asriel" is an anagram of "Israel" -- a Hebrew name commonly interpreted as "struggled with God".

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* SignificantAnagram: Lord Asriel (and Marisa Coulter) ultimately sacrifice themselves by wrestling the Metatron and dragging him into the Abyss to [[spoiler:protect their daughter from the Metatron]].him]]. "Asriel" is an anagram of "Israel" -- a Hebrew name commonly interpreted as "struggled with God".

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* InterspeciesRomance: The love between two humans is reflected by their daemons, which tend not to be the same species.


A BBC television series, starring Creator/DafneKeen as Lyra and Creator/JamesMcAvoy as Asriel, is currently in development, written by Jack Thorne, which promises to "sound every note" of the books.

In December 2014, Pullman released a short story, ''The Collectors'', on Audible.com

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A BBC BBC/HBO television series, starring Creator/DafneKeen as Lyra and Lyra, Creator/JamesMcAvoy as Asriel, is currently Creator/RuthWilson as Marisa Coulter and Creator/LinManuelMiranda as Lee Scoresby will be coming to BBC One (in the UK) and HBO (everywhere else) in development, 2019, written by Jack Thorne, which Thorne and directed by [[Film/TheKingsSpeech Tom]] [[Film/LesMiserables2012 Hooper]]. It promises to "sound every note" of the books.

books. ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eudsYr0iER0 Trailer]])

In December 2014, Pullman released a short story, ''The Collectors'', on Audible.com
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* TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty: Will and Lyra are [[CombatPragmatist resourceful young adventurers]].


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, 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.

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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, Oxford (Not Oxford, (not actually a real Oxford University college, but this distinction is intentional) intentional,) to go on a quest to save her best friend who has been kidnapped.


* A more straightforward example is Ruta Skadi, a witch-queen and lover of Lord Asriel who is set up as a foil to Serafina and a potential complication in the already tumultuous relationship between Asriel and Mrs Coulter. She goes off to fight for Asriel partway through ''The Subtle Knife'' and isn't mentioned again.

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* ** A more straightforward example is Ruta Skadi, a witch-queen and lover of Lord Asriel who is set up as a foil to Serafina and a potential complication in the already tumultuous relationship between Asriel and Mrs Coulter. She goes off to fight for Asriel partway through ''The Subtle Knife'' and isn't mentioned again.



* WomanScorned: The witch Juta Kamainen is furious that the shaman Stanislaus Grumman rejected her romantic advances, and swears that she will kill him. Which she does. In fact, [[spoiler:Grumman is Will Parry's father and was being faithful to his wife in another world.]] NiceJobBreakingItHero, and she [[spoiler:kills herself immediately afterwards when she realises how badly she's fucked things up for Will.]]

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* WomanScorned: The witch Juta Kamainen is furious that the shaman Stanislaus Grumman rejected her romantic advances, and swears that she will kill him. Which she does. In fact, [[spoiler:Grumman is Will Parry's father and was being faithful to his wife in another world.]] NiceJobBreakingItHero, and she [[spoiler:kills herself immediately afterwards when she realises how badly she's fucked things up for Will.afterwards, after telling Will that he wouldn't understand her motives.]]

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* A more straightforward example is Ruta Skadi, a witch-queen and lover of Lord Asriel who is set up as a foil to Serafina and a potential complication in the already tumultuous relationship between Asriel and Mrs Coulter. She goes off to fight for Asriel partway through ''The Subtle Knife'' and isn't mentioned again.


In February 2017, Pullman announced the upcoming release of an "equel" companion trilogy titled ''The Book of Dust'', and the first volume, ''La Belle Sauvage'', was released in October of the same year.

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In February 2017, Pullman announced the upcoming release of an "equel" companion trilogy titled ''The Book of Dust'', ''Literature/TheBookOfDust'', and the first volume, ''La Belle Sauvage'', was released in October of the same year.


* GildedCage: Ultimately subverted. Lord Asrael was held in custody by the Panserbjørne by request of the Magesterium, but he manipulated them to let him live in a nice house with his butler with access to all his scientific instruments. In the end, he succeeded in doing the very thing for which he was imprisoned to prevent from doing.

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* GildedCage: Ultimately subverted. Lord Asrael Asriel was held in custody by the Panserbjørne by request of the Magesterium, but he manipulated them to let him live in a nice house with his butler with access to all his scientific instruments. In the end, he succeeded in doing the very thing for which he was imprisoned to prevent from doing.

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