So there is a The Golden Compass
First of all, it is visually stunning. I'm not even too agast at the way the actors don't look exactly like they did in my head, so they must be getting something right.
If you read the bit on "Daemons of the goldern compass" it says that "Human and Daemon pairs are always of the opposite sex". Is this
a) abridging a complicated situation to a general mostly-truth to make it fit in a cute small box
b) deliberately editing out the idea from the books that when a daemon and human are the same sex they tend to end up homosexual, as this wouldn't fit in a kiddies film they have to sell to America
10/10 for viral marketting though. That's the cutest meme I've seen for ages. Pretty animals and finding out how your friends see you :-)
That daft section also claims that Lyra's daemon can turn into a dragon. That's not cannon, is it? I want to rant that they just made it up because dragons look good on camera, but then I'm scared someone will give me a page reference to where it does turn into a dragon
Oh, and grr, daft american name. See these things by northern lights you'll never see them clearer...