Phillip Pullman

Is a boring and awful old writer

About the Author

Philip Pullman's, the British writer, most well-known work is the trilogy His Dark Materials, consisting of Northern Lights (The Golden Compass in the USA) in 1995, The Subtle Knife in 1997, and The Amber Spyglass in 2000. These books have been given many awards, including the Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Children’s Book Award, and, for The Amber Spyglass, the Whitbread Book of the Year Award (now known as the Costa Award.) The Whitbread Book of the Year Award was special because it was the first time the award was given for a children's book. In 2002, Philip Pullman was given the Eleanor Farjeon Award for children’s literature. At the award ceremony, he had to promise to spend his time in the future making fewer speeches and writing more books. The Golden Compass won the Carnegie Medal in 1996, and ten years later it was awarded the Carnegie of Carnegies. In 2005, Philip Pullman shared the Astrid Lindgren Award with Ryoji Arai. He has written fairy tales, detective stories, melodramas, and fantasies. He is working on making a book called The Book of Dust.

Philip Pullman was born in Norwich in 1946. He was educated in England, Zimbabwe, and Australia, and then his family settled in North Wales. He received secondary education at Ysgol Ardudwy, Harlech, and Oxford. He started a teaching profession at the age of 25, and taught at various Oxford Middle Schools before teaching at Westminster College in 1986, where he taught the students on the B.Ed. course and stopped teaching there in 1994.

Philip Pullman's Books I Read

The Golden Compass

The Tiger in the Well

The Ruby in the Smoke

Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm

If you're thinking of reading a Philip Pullman novel, pick again, because he is a boring and awful writer. If I have to write something otherwise I get an F from Miss Ocampo, then Fairy Tales From the Brothers Grimm was the best and the next best was The Ruby in the Smoke.

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Common Themes in Philip Pullman's Books

Philip Pullman, throughout his stories, showed his readers that when someone has too much power, they use it corruptly and not correctly. In The Golden Compass, the church has an enormous amount of power, but uses it in a bad way, just like Mrs. Coulter, who runs the General Obligation Board, and uses her power to do experiments on children. Even when Lord Asriel had a lot of power, he used it in an unprincipled way by killing Mrs. Coulter's other husband, but when he only had a little power, he didn't use it in a corrupt way, but instead to make discoveries. Another example is in The Ruby in the Smoke, where Mrs. Holland has a bunch of authority and is completely okay with killing Sally to get what she wants. In the same story, __ Ling is powerful and makes all of his followers (people inside The Seven Blessings) murder people just like he does.
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Philip Pullman's Style of Writing

In Philip Pullman's book, Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm, his sentences are very straightforward and gets to the point quickly. Those stories also don't have as much description as the other books I read because the stories are so short.

On random pages, we found...

  • His sentences are often complex (41%) or simple (30%)
  • He also doesn't start sentences with "it" or "there"
  • He has long boring pages with long boring sentences (about 325 words, but only about 19 sentences, each sentence is about 17 words)
  • His sentences vary in length (from 2 to 40 words)
  • He paragraphs vary in length (from 2 to 11 sentences)
  • He tends to start with the subject of the sentence (about 1/3 of the sentences)
  • He sometimes starts with the FANBOYS or a prepositional phrase
  • When people are speaking, he still writes proper boring sentences
Across books, I found...
  • In books, he is unpredictable in his stories (sometimes he tells multiple stories at once (like in Tiger in the Well) and in other books, he doesn't (like in The Golden Compass.)
  • His books are third person
  • Other than in Fairy Tales from the Brother's Grimm, he is very descriptive when describing settings
  • In one of the books, he used "the" to start sentences a lot.
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Ingredients of a Philip Pullman Character

In Philip Pullman's novels, the protagonists are girls that are headstrong, independent, and confident. They are teenagers that act like adults, but can be childish sometimes. They also both don't have living parents that they know of. They don't care what others say if they believe in themselves, which they do. They do what they want and have to do because they feel as though it is the right thing to do. They also never give up and try to make the best of situations. They can control themselves and will not let anything stop them. They tend to give everyone a feeling of perseverance. They are surrounded by obstacles, but never stop trying to finish. Both females were trying to solve a mystery that involved many other smaller mysteries and adventures inside them. They both were helped and misled by people along the way. They act differently than how the society expects them to act as girls.

A Story Written like Philip Pullman

It was a dark and quiet night. You could hear the birds chirping and could hear the footsteps of the bear, the "destroyer."

The bear, in his perspective, was the nice ruler of the jungle and did away with bad and annoying things. The owls were the first thing to go. Peering through the windows at night was frightening for the bear to see. Next were the birds; nice as they were, they didn't like him which he was not okay with, he didn't want a rebellion.

The mice, the elephants, the monkeys, and the tigers, most of all the things that lived in the jungle that the bear didn't send away, were at a meeting, which was unknown to the mighty bear, to plot and organize a murder.... It was organized by the monkey and supplied food which was very generous because the bear demanded food as a form of taxes and to show loyalty. Whoever was brave enough not to do it had gone to the underworld. They first prayed the animals that were no longer in the forest had found a place to live and were safe and sound. They remembered when the rats were sent away; they ran and ran and ran till they were out of the bear's eyesight. It was a horrid sight, the mice shuddered when they thought of it.

The bugs of the forest heard some talking and came to it. It was the monkey's meeting. Third this month. It wasn't that unexpected. After all, the bear was a harsh ruler. They listened. Not a peep came out of them. And afterward, they had a little story to tell the bear.

--Chapter 2--