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Coraline Book Cover Coraline
Neil Gaiman
6th October 2009

The day after they moved in, Coraline went exploring....

In Coraline's family's new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close.

The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own.

Only it's different.

At first, things seem marvelous in the other flat. The food is better. The toy box is filled with wind-up angels that flutter around the bedroom, books whose pictures writhe and crawl and shimmer, little dinosaur skulls that chatter their teeth. But there's another mother, and another father, and they want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.

Other children are trapped there as well, lost souls behind the mirrors. Coraline is their only hope of rescue. She will have to fight with all her wits and all the tools she can find if she is to save the lost children, her ordinary life, and herself.

I got to know the existence of Coraline through the 2009 stop-motion film when I was young (how young I cannot remember.. pre-teens? who knows) and it quickly became one of my favorite movies up till now. The movie was quirky and funny, simple yet had depth but most of all, the movie was highly entertaining and aged magnificently well.

It never occurred to me that it was adapted from by a book penned by Neil Gaiman of all authors and thus only now did I have an opportunity to read/listen to it when realizing the subscription to Scribd was so affordable.

This book was a really great read and I never knew that the character Wybie didn’t even exist in the book. I am thinking the character was created so the movie adaptation of Coraline wouldn’t be so scary for children had she a buddy to face the terror that is the Other Mother because let me tell you I am a fully grown adult and even I was scared for Coraline when she faced off the Other Mother all on her own.

I love Coraline as a character; she is fun-loving, adventurous, brave, quick-witted, loyal and unafraid and most of all she wasn’t annoying at all. She was a well-rounded character and I felt her sadness when her parents were gone and she was crying but in the end was determined to get them back.

My favorite character was obviously the Cat. He was so sassy and sarcastic that you can’t help but just like him.

The story was short yet very intense what with Coraline having to maneuver her way to outwit the Other Mother and how it was written was appealing to both children and adults without seeming to be condescending to either one.

Overall, Coraline is obviously a book I recommend reading and do watch the movie. I think the movie is a very faithful adaptation of the book and the stop-motion used just adds to the vibe and feel of the story as a whole.