Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Coraline

Hmmm.... I hope this isn't for kids! :-) Neil Gaiman wrote a pretty freaky story here and I would be scared for ages if I'd read this as a child! :-)

Reading Coraline was like reading a Tim Burton film. If you see what I mean. The one that readily comes to mind is The Corpse Bride, I guess that's how I imagined the characters.

Coraline is the child in the center of this story - she goes through a door she's not supposed to go through in her new house and ends up in a parallel world where someone really, really wants her to stay. It's a twist on the Alice stories, but spooky rather than silly.

I suppose what makes Coraline good (as well as scary) is how normal the strangeness is. There are no fantastic creatures or monsters, it's all bizarre but in a natural way. That makes no sense when I re-read it, but I can't think of a way to explain it better.

I guess you should just read it yourself and see!

Challenges: 999 Challenge, Dewey's Books, Once Upon a Time III

5 comments:

Nymeth said...

It is, but don't worry: kids like it! All the ones I know of anyway :P

Kailana said...

I really must see the movie!

Trish said...

The material was rather frightenin to me, but the illustrations were nightmare-inducing! I read this during the first read-a-thon and had to cover the pictures with my hand so I wouldn't get too scared. :P I'd love to see the movie!

joanna said...

Nymeth - I bet they do!

Kailana - I really want to see the movie, although I'm sure it will be SO creepy!

Trish - it's definitely a good read-a-thon book!

Charley said...

I thought this was pretty creepy, too, especially the illustrations.