Philip Pullman has been added to the New Year Honours list, and rightfully so, for his services in literature. He definitely deserves the knighthood (although he should have got it years ago!) You can see more information here.
There's a HDM fan site that's been going on since August 2001 (which may as well be the stone age now) - https://bridgetothestars.net/. They also have a French alternative - http://www.cittagazze.com/ - which seems to be a lot more active. Side note: together they share what must be the best Twitter account name ever: Twittàgazze. Anyway, BTTS has been mentioned once before on the wiki at the bottom of https://hdm.fandom.com/wiki/Message_Wall:Adamcox82/User_talk_archive, the whole site has been dead pretty recently - no activity on the forums, no blogs, yet on the website it says 'updating site' and whatever (as well as links to a none existent HDM wiki). You can't register on the site due to there being an old version of reCAPTCHA so I'm wondering if anyone has any information on what has happened/is happening to the site. The French website has had quite a lot of activity on the forums and you can actually register...which is good for me as a French speaker :P but still, if anyone has any news/ideas please let me know by replying!
Completely unrelated by great information: just take a look at some of the fan HDM Twitter accounts out there....their locations that they have put down are just great.
Hi everyone! I made a chart on excel showing the amount of users that have edited the wiki each year since 2006. This doesn't include bots, fandom staff or users that have made less than 5 edits. Here is a picture of it:
Does anyone here have the UK version of The Amber Spyglass? I'm writing an essay on how the books were censored in North America and I just need to know the page numbers for a couple of passages that are only in the UK editions. I know what they say, I even know which chapters they're from, but I need the actual page numbers for my citation. I'm from Canada and it is literally impossible to get the uncensored version here, so if anyone wouldn't mind sending me like two pictures of those pages you'd be doing me a huge favour!
I remember the day when I first got La Belle Sauvage (it was a good day) and the first thing I did was to slip off the cover to the book to see this big black hardback book covered in golden dots - obviously depicting Dust but what intrigued me later on was the quote on the side of the book, that read " 'Ah, it's a proper canoe,' said Lord Asriel, as if he'd been expecting a toy. Malcolm felt a little affronted on behalf of La Belle Sauvage, and said nothing as he turned her over and let her slip quietly down the grass and on to the water. "
Once I'd finished the book I came back to this quote which, if you're interested, is on Chapter 10, page 178 about halfway down the page, I thought why on Earth had Philip Pullman picked that quote. It's not exactly the most thrilling quote in the world nor is the best in the book, the book contains plenty of great ones! So why does he pick this one? Does it somehow contribute to the story? Or is it merely because it describes the La Belle Sauvage canoe. The quote on the blurb explained Dust...so why doesn't this quote have something to do with Dust?
I thought about it for a while and maybe the connection Pullman has with this quote, maybe something personal yet that was to no avail! But maybe, this one phrase, sums up something we missed in the first series about Lord Asriel's character. Or maybe it has something to do with Malcolm's personality.
We established from the first series not too much about Asriel, he was suspicious, nice and horrid (to put it lightly) at different stages yet at this point in the book, Lord Asriel has just told Malcolm that people are trying to capture him and he must flee though he seems perfectly calm. Is it just because he's cool under pressure? Or maybe Malcolm reminds him somewhat of Lyra and what she could be.
Then, there's Malcolm, we see him in different ways, either through baby Lyra's eyes, a 'hero' somewhat or Alice's eyes, a *insert insult here*. You may have seen Malcolm as passionate in the book, or something different but this phrase shows something new about Malcolm. Not just caring, but a real connection to his small tiny boat before it has had the chance to save his life. Then again, maybe not and I think there may be a better reason. I think this quote shows a relationship between the two.
Lord Asriel, a sort of father figure, thinking of Malcolm as a child and so, thinking he has a toy boat but then Malcolm who is affronted by his words, but maybe this isn't just because of his care for the canoe as it hasn't saved lives just yet, maybe he looks into Lord Asriel's eyes and thinks of Lyra, just the same. But the Lyra who was abandoned by her father, Lord Asriel, and he's not all too happy about it.
So, that's my theory for why the great Philip Pullman put that quote on the back. I'd love to hear what anyone else thinks :D
I was looking through some of the policies, for once, and I found a link to a rather old wiki related to HDM - the fanfiction wiki found at: https://his-dark-materials-fanfiction.wikia.com/wiki/ (or, if you are seeing this sometime in the future, maybe https://his-dark-materials-fanfiction.fandom.com/wiki/). It's an abandoned wiki that was used for fanfiction - do you think I should adopt the wiki and reuse it or let it lie and collect dust?
I'm not sure if this is the sort of stuff I should be putting on here but I had some theories for the Secret Commonwealth that I wanted to share.
So in La Belle Sauvage there was that enchanted island where the river giant and those forgotten people were. That was never fully explained and I think that could link to the next book.
Another thing that happened was that Malcolm (or maybe someone else, I don't remember too well) looked into the Thames and saw some lights under water. Someone later described that as the secret commonwealth.
We know that in the book Lyra will be travelling through the Levant. In Lyra's Oxford there is a catalogue for a trip on the S.S Zenobia (thanks to Amyosaurus for reminding me of this!) and there is a note on it written by Lyra saying she will meet someone. The S.S Zenobia cruises are oriental and Levantine. These 2 parts of the catalogue lead me to believe that this is related to the Secret Commonwealth.
If anyone has any idea about these theories let me know!