Coraline, Neil Gaiman (2002)
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Horro
Coraline is a bizarre story of a little girl who finds another world in a parallel house to hers, with different parents and neighbours. True to Neil Gaiman’s fantastic style, this book was suitably weird and explored the concept of this parallel world’s characters having button eyes and wanting Coraline to become one of them.
For a children’s book I imagine this would be quite a terrifying concept and even for an adult the idea of your parents being alienated is not a nice one to think on. For me I felt this book’s plot was all over the place, which I half expected, but it made the story fairly hard to follow. It was a such a small book that it made really understanding and enjoying the characters was hard to achieve, as before you knew it, it was over. But I think if the book had been any longer it would have lost my interest.
I’m intrigued to see what the movie is like, as I always prefer to hold off on watching the film if I can help it, until I’ve read the book. Onto the next Neil Gaiman for me now!