I tried to watch The Golden Compass last night after reading the His Dark Materials trilogy this summer. I only got through the first 20 minutes before I had to turn it off. The first time I watched the movie a few years ago, it was ok since I had no preconceived notion of the book. However, I now realize that they changed too many details and butchered the plot line way too much for my tastes. Even the small details that were changed got on my nerves after a while. (Why would they change the name of the usurper to the Bear King throne? It didn't make sense!) I happily spent my evening watching more Stark Trek TOS.