Monday, April 30, 2007


While reading Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass, I'd wondered what kind of daemon I'd have if they so existed. In the book, a daemon is an outward, physical manifestation of a person's soul. It appears as an animal that reflects a person's true nature.

A friend who introduced me to the His Dark Materials trilogy told me about this quiz on The Golden Compass movie Web site. After answering a series of 20 questions, I found out my daemon's a fox.

I am "modest, spontaneous, sociable, inquisitive, and dependable." Sound like me? On a previous run-through, I'd scored a crow daemon. As much as I love crows, I have to admit the fox traits more accurately describe me.

Anyway, I highly recommend the trilogy, which though marketed as a young adult fantasy, is actually a very smart, philosophical inquiry into religion and the meaning of life. The Golden Compass (which incidentally co-stars Daniel Craig and Eva Green, who were in Casino Royale together) comes out this Dec. 7, so there's still time to devour the books before then.


Anonymous Slayve said...

My first try was a mouse, but my second was a lion. Wtf does that mean?

3:05 AM  
Blogger mlliu said...

Maybe it means you are the mouse who pulls the thorn out of the lion's paw because you see a shared humanity irrespective of your differences in size/food preference??

10:33 AM  
Anonymous Slayve said...

Since mice are basically hors d'oeuvres for lions, I was thinking more along the lines that in some way I want to devour myself. But that seems too facile, too armchair psychology. Maybe the lion is like Aslan, the Christ-lion in The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe, in which case this could be more of a "lion lays down with the lamb" situation. So, um, I guess I'm both messiah and meek disciple, both savior and saved. Hmm, that doesn't make it any more clear than it was before. Damn you, Pullman!

12:29 PM  
Blogger mlliu said...

On my third try, I got an ocelot. Mostly the same traits, except I scored as being "competitive." Try to psychoanalyze that!

9:56 AM  
Anonymous Slayve said...

Well that one's pretty easy: You were trying too hard to get a different daemon, so you came off as competitive. Although in this case you were actually competing with yourself. Silly ocelot!

3:02 PM  
Anonymous Shellac Fanatic said...

I find it quite sad that they're going to do to the books what the Japanese did to Pearl Harbor 67 years prior.

3:47 PM  

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