There is a special place in the canon for the truly sophisticated children’s fantasy series — Tolkein, LeGuin, Lewis, L’Engle … and Pullman. This year, the first book in Philip Pullman’s famed His Dark Materials trilogy turns 20 years old.
Pullman tells … that stories are the way to teach morality.”I’m not the first person to observe this fact, that people remember stories better than they remember commands,” he says. “One of the greatest storytellers of all time, Jesus of Nazareth, told stories in order to make his moral teaching more memorable.”
Writer-director Guillermo del Toro grew up in Mexico; his film Pan’s Labyrinth, which won three Academy Awards this year, is out now on DVD. With his friends and fellow directors Alfonso Cuaron (Y tu Mama Tambien) and Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu (Amores Perros), he’s sometimes known as one of the Three Amigos.
“Baum wanted to create a new, modernized fairy tale,” Hearn says. “…
He wanted to eliminate the stereotypical ‘genie, dwarf and fairy,’ as he said, that you find in the Grimm brothers, Hans Christian Andersen, and other traditional fairy tales. He wanted one based on American materials.”