Today, in WaPo critic Desson Thomson's chat, a commenter said:
Maybe you can explain this. Ursula LeGuin's Earthsea books are just better than the Golden Compass Trilogy: smarter, incomparably better written, genuinely imaginative (polar bears in armor shows a deficient imagination). So why does the Golden Compass get the big movie treatment and LeGuin gets a cheesy made for TV flick?
Can someone please explain to me how polar bears in armor show a deficient imagination? Does everyone imagine polar bears wearing armor? Is that a common theme in adolescent fantasy literature?
I dunno, but the book seemed imaginative to me ...
Does that mean I'm unimaginative?
And, now, I'm off to buy booze! This deficiently imaginative VUBOQ needs a DRINK.