Pullman attacks Narnia film plans

Author Philip Pullman has attacked plans to turn The Chronicles of Narnia into a movie series, calling CS Lewis' books "racist" and "misogynistic". The first film in the series - The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - is due to be released in December. His Dark Materials author Pullman said the 1950s stories were "reactionary". "If the Disney corporation wants to market this film as a great Christian story, they'll just have to tell lies about it," he told The Observer.

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is the second and best-known novel in the seven-part Narnia book series. The £62m movie version is expected to be the first of five films, following the success of The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy and ongoing Harry Potter film adaptations. Evangelical Christian groups in the US have backed the movie, seeing parallels between CS Lewis' tales and Bible stories.

"We believe that God will speak the gospel of Jesus Christ through this film," Lon Allison, director of Illinois' Billy Graham Centre, told the newspaper. But Pullman said the Narnia books contained "a peevish blend of racist, misogynistic and reactionary prejudice" and "not a trace" of Christian charity.

"It's not the presence of Christian doctrine I object to so much as the absence of Christian virtue," he added. "The highest virtue - we have on the authority of the New Testament itself - is love, and yet you find not a trace of that in the books." Pullman's acclaimed His Dark Materials trilogy tells of a battle against the church and a fight to overthrow God. Attacked by some Christian teachers and Catholic press as blasphemous, Pullman's trilogy is also being made into a series of movies. (BBC News)

One of this year most anticiptated movies is from a racist...well, ain't they all. There is always debates about certain movies, there was some grumbling about Potter movies as well, there's is a new one next month. Guess ppl don't really bother about racist, anti christian or black magic...if is entertaining, go watch it, wouldn't you? I'v in my high school years study literature from Shakespeare, Old Man and the Sea, Street Car Named Desire, Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Of Mice and Men, Glass Menegerie, Huckleberry Finn, etc.

Some of the things you've learn was that you can interpret imagery, words, symbolism in different ways, different ppl have different points of view. On the other hand, not many ppl will bother to take their time to research and make interpretation of what that piece of scenary means or was the symbolism of a crow meant something else, well when you're a student, sure, it's your assignment but as adult, well bollocks the possible racists point of views, I wanna watch and be entertained.

So, when watching a movie, do you try to decipher the deeper meaning perhaps achieveing a profound insight or .... just watch it with some pop corn and soda, please. Cheers!