I'm a teen book blogger and mostly review YA, although my tastes range far and wide and include adult literary fiction, as well as the odd children's book. When I'm not reading, I enjoy writing, eating chocolate and climbing trees.
I am quite sure that Philip Pullman's novels were a major factor in the development of the love for reading I have today. I first read the His Dark Materials trilogy when I was about ten and it quite literally opened up whole new worlds for me, in a way I hadn't experienced before. They were my first taste of what a truly masterful writer can create and I fell completely in love with it. My enchantment with the series has not diminished with time - instead it has grown with each reread (of which there have been several). They remain my go-to books if I ever run out of reading material - although that doesn't really happen much since I began book blogging.
Strangely, I've never reviewed any of Pullman's books. Maybe that's because I know that any attempt would only result in a long, rambling list of all the reasons I loved them so much! Instead, I recommend them to people at any opportunity. As someone who has her head in a book a great deal of the time, I do get a few people picking up on the fact that I know a bit about books and asking for recommendations. I don't even hesitate before answering, "the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman." Every time, without fail, that has been my answer. I've given them as birthday presents a couple of times, and the reason I'm so convinced that people will enjoy them is because I've never met anyone who hasn't. Oh, I'm sure there must be a few out there, but nobody I know of.
This brings me on to the film, a different situation entirely. In 2007, a movie version of Northern Lights, the first in the His Dark Materials trilogy, came out under the title of The Golden Compass. It is, without a doubt, the worst book-to-movie adaptation I have ever seen. Ever. My issues with it abound, but I will not go into detail here as I'd just end up ranting. However, I will say that if you've seen the film and thought, "pah, I'm not reading any book THAT was based on!", please do try to forget as much about it as you can and just pick up Northern Lights.