Hi guys, I hope you are all well. Today I’m doing something a little differently – I’m going to be sharing my thoughts on the recent TV adaptation of His Dark Materials. On 3rd November 2019, this eight episode adaption premiered in the UK on BBC and then on the 4th it premiered in the US on HBO. The cast includes Dafne Keen as Lyra, Ruth Wilson as Mrs Coulter and James McAvoy as Lord Asriel. You guys probably know that the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman is one of my all time favourite trilogies, so I had high hopes for this adaptation. There will be some spoilers ahead.
I am happy to report that I loved the first series and I cannot wait for more. There are definitely some small issues I had with it but overall I thought this was a fantastic adaptation. Firstly, I think the casting was so well done. Dafne Keen does a wonderful job at portraying Lyra and Ruth Wilson is incredible as Mrs Coulter. Basically the cast is amazing, although I wasn’t entirely convinced by Anne-Marie Duff as Ma Costa. I think Duff is a talented actress and she did a good job in this adaptation, but visually she just isn’t the character for me. The costumes and settings were both done well, although at times I thought it was perhaps a little too neat/clean.
In terms of the plot, I think this adaptation does a fairly good job at bringing the story onto the TV screen. There are definitely little things that were missed and a few things changed but overall I thought they did a good job. One of the main changes is that Will Parry is introduced in this first season, whereas we don’t meet him in the trilogy until book 2. Initially I wasn’t sure what to think of this but thinking about it now I think it was a smart choice. It means they can go straight into the story in season 2, instead of having to introduce a new character and the concept of windows between worlds.
Now it didn’t really affect my enjoyment while watching, it would have been nice to have more daemons present throughout the series. Daemons play such an important role in the books but here they were a little lacking at times. I get why; I imagine it would be incredibly time consuming and expensive but one can dream right? There were just times where I couldn’t help but wonder where the daemons were. Overall though, I think they did a great job at creating the daemons.
As you can probably tell, I really enjoyed this adaptation. It’s not perfect but nothing ever is, is it? I’m sorry if this is a bit all over the place. As I’m writing this, I’m recovering from a bout of flu so my brain is still a bit foggy. Have you guys seen this adaptation? I’d love to know what you thought. Let’s chat in the comments. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.