7 Reasons I Found "the Golden Compass" Trilogy Fascinating ...


I first read “The Golden Compass” trilogy when I was in 6th grade. Granted a lot of the details didn't stick with me that first time through, but I still found the series absolutely fascinating. Philip Pullman wrote a very thought-provoking and entertaining story. These are some reasons why I found “The Golden Compass” trilogy worth its salt.

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In the parallel universe to ours found in “The Golden Compass” trilogy, every human has a daemon. It is the physical manifestation of the person’s soul. This creature changes form from one animal to another while the human is a child, but settles upon one animal by adulthood. You can tell a lot about a person from what their daemon looks like. It makes me think about how our personalities develop as children and even out by the time we are adults.


The Connection

In “The Golden Compass,” experiments are being run to separate a daemon from its human. The connection between the two fascinates the scientists and me. I find it incredibly interesting and philosophical. What would happen if you separated soul from body? Would you still be the same person you are now? The results of the experiments concur with me.



There is a spirit of adventure in “The Golden Compass” series that I love. The main character Lyra doesn’t just sit back and watch as the world works around her. She takes charge and searches for her lost friend Roger and imprisoned uncle, Lord Asriel. There is definitely a good amount of adventure in this story including Lyra’s encounters with gypsies, witches and giant, fighting polar bears.



“Dust” plays an integral part to the story. This particle makes me wonder about the fabric of our world and the ability to travel between realities and dimensions. It’s creative and unique, that’s for sure.


Good Writing

I like the writing in the series because it’s potent and powerful. “But think of Adam and Eve like an imaginary number, like the square root of minus one: you can never see any concrete proof that it exists, but if you include it in your equations, you can calculate all manner of things that couldn’t be imagined without it.” Amazing!


Challenged Me

The trilogy challenged me to look at some philosophical questions and ponder them. Why are souls so integral to who we are as humans? What if the world wasn’t as you viewed it? Could there be a different perspective out there for you to embrace? It gives you some good food for thought.


The Characters

There are very lively characters in “The Golden Compass” trilogy. Lyra is young but brave. She encounters the witch Serafina who is able to send her daemon much farther away from her body than Lyra can. Lorek is the rightful king of the polar bears but has been enslaved in the north after losing his armor. Characters as interesting as these are worth checking out in my mind.

Philip Pullman wrote an outstanding series when it comes to “The Golden Compass” trilogy. He has won the Carnegie Medal for British Children’s Books and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize along with recognition in the United States for Publisher’s Weekly Book Of The Year and more. What was your impression of the series?

p.s.The Golden Compass trilogy is known as His Dark Materials in the UK and other countries.

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Can't remember if i saw this movie. It's always going to be Northern Lights for me cause I loved the book!

Hmm I wonder why the name change for North America??..

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