The premiere of His Dark Materials has come and gone, and by and large, book fans have walked away pleased with what they had to see. Sure, there are some world differences or story changes that have become subject of discussion, but on the whole, it seemed that BBC managed to capture the essence of what made the world tick in Philip Pullman’s fantasy novels.
However, there is one complaint I found that really wasn’t a big deal to me…but now that my attention has been drawn to it, I can’t unsee it. And that’s the daemon situation. In this world, each person has an animal-looking companion called a daemon who represents the soul of the person. But in the show, almost no one outside of the characters with speaking roles actually have visible daemons.
But why is that? Was it simply a budgetary one? Author Philip Pullman took to Twitter to clarify.
“Budget partly but mainly for storytelling reasons. We shouldn’t notice them unless they’ve got something important to do, otherwise the screen would be cluttered with the little brutes.”
Budget partly but mainly for storytelling reasons. We shouldn't notice them unless they've got something important to do, otherwise the screen would be cluttered with the little brutes.
— Philip Pullman (@PhilipPullman) November 4, 2019
Pullman does have a point. I remember this was an issue they were worried about when The Golden Compass hit, and Pullman made his concerns known that the world didn’t look like a zoo on the big screen. While the OCD in me laments us not being able to see all the daemons, I’ll rationalize that everyone whose daemons we don’t see has them tucked in their coats or something.
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SOURCE: Philip Pullman