The Golden Compass stirs religion

the golden compassI have always fancied children's books since I started reading Harry Potter, and Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series has always been my interest since a friend of mine from Britain introduced the novel to me, and yet up to now I still hadn't have a copy and had not even gone out to the cinemas to watch its first in the series, The Golden Compass (the other are The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass, don't know which one's the second and third, though).

I have once gone to a site where it evaluated the movie on the negative aspect of the story mainly, and perhaps it was the reason why I didn't have the strong interest and will to watch the movie. But today I had dropped on another one that says The Golden Compass have created such a stir on searches about atheism. Read on this news clip by Mike Krumboltz:

The Web has made it a lot easier to convey outrage. Witness the controversy (and buzz) surrounding "The Golden Compass" a new children's film starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig.

The anger stems from the belief that the film is anti-religion and pro-atheism. Some folks plan to boycott the film as a sign of protest. Ironically, searches on "atheism" and "define atheism" have both spiked in response to their efforts. Clearly, people are hearing the message, but not in the way the protestors had hoped.

So, will the boycott hurt or help the film's performance? Searches on "the golden compass" are up 50% this past week and queries on "golden compass controversy" have experienced a similar surge. Some people are looking forward to the flick while others are looking forward to convincing folks to stay home.

(See The Golden Compass trailer)

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