(12/12/04 4:25 am)
To bielie- I found your comment about Santa interesting. Why is
it that belief, as in " I will choose to believe", is
the same as suspension of disbelief? Are you saying that if something
isn't verifiable with current science it isn't real? Because I've
found myself believing some mighty odd things over the years- things
that don't have evidence to prove them other than my own senses
and experiences. I ask because I realize how flexible the word "belief"
is and it took me a long time to get comfortable using it in conversation. ;)
For example, when I say I believe in Santa, sometimes I mean I believe
there is a fat man in a red suit with reindeer in his yard who prepares
all year to deliver toys all over the world.I believe this because
it pleases me to imagine it. And sometimes I mean I believe in what
Santa has come to represent- generosity of spirit, a giving heart.
Because it pleases me to think about those ideas. Perhaps I am a
sissy for summing up all the mutually exclusive notions in my head
as " I believe in Santa", but I can't think of a better
way to say it.
(12/12/04 6:06 pm)
Re: Pullman selling out?|
It's possible that Pullman said nothing of the sort, or that his
comments were taken out of context, or that he is not supposed to
say anything directly about the making of the film, as apparently
happened to Ursula Le Guin with the Earthsea television series:
I do think that when a director makes a film out of an existing story, that film is the director's artistic vision and conception, not that of the author of the original story. Yet the film usually has the same title and story line and many of the same characters, not to mention that it often acknowledges the author of the story. That can be very confusing all round, especially if the film steps on the story in vexing ways.
(12/13/04 6:22 am)
Re: Pullman selling out?|
In fact, when I had tea with Pullman last summer, he was quite happy with the way things were going in the movie. Felt the director and he were in synch. Understands the difference betwen movies and books, what one can and cannot do. He'd already had the stage experience as well. And recently, in response to another list that was all bent out of shape on this issue, he replied that he'd been misquoted in the article, and that calling the church the Magisterium is a way of getting around the problem while not changing anything.
I take him at his word.
Helen J Pilinovsky
(12/17/04 11:36 am)
SUdden Plot Twist ...|
And now, the plot thickens as Weitz
decides to leave the project ...
(12/17/04 4:05 pm)
HP and difficult questions|
I understand Jane's comment, but I would like to add that Erica has a very good point. My young son asked why losing a soul was worse than death yesterday. The question clearly came straight out of an HP movie (he hasn't read the book). This was very difficult since I don't believe we have souls that live after our death. I had to equate it with our dear, departed dog who in his last few days with a brain tumor literally lost his mind.