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The Golden Compass is the first novel in the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman that was adapted into a movie with the same name in 2007 Although both the novel and the movie have basic similarities such as characters and main plot points the differences are striking Its not a huge surprise that a movie based on a book would have differences its almost a no brainer but the differences on screen were so stark I as a fan of the book felt completely unsatisfied after watching it To say I disliked the movie would be quite the understatement but it was nice to see the wonderful characters from Pullmans novel come to lifeOne of the more obvious differences between the movie and book was how the movie completely cut off the ending of the novel Lyra the main character of the series finds her father Lord Asriel on the island of Svalbard and he proceeds to betray her by killing her friend Roger to tear a hole in the northern lights and jump to another Universe Then she proceeds to follow him and jumps into another universe as well This never happens in the movie Actually the concept of a different universe is only brought up once at the beginning of the film by the narrator who tells us the world Lyra lives in is different from our own I found it odd that it was left out considering it was such a huge deal in the book The movie ends with Lyra and Roger flying away in an air balloon safe and sound with Lord Asriel still a good guy Its much more of a happy ending this is true but leaves out so much of the depth the book created with such a dramatic and heart wrenching ending In Lyras world every living person has a daemon Daemons come in the shape of an animal when you are a child
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