Book Title/Author: Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Publisher/Year: Published August 29th 2006 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published 2002
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Fiction, Horror, Childrens, Middle Grade
“Coraline’s often wondered what’s behind the locked door in the drawing room. It reveals only a brick wall when she finally opens it, but when she tries again later, a passageway mysteriously appears. Coraline is surprised to find a flat decorated exactly like her own, but strangely different. And when she finds her “other” parents in this alternate world, they are much more interesting despite their creepy black button eyes. When they make it clear, however, that they want to make her theirs forever, Coraline begins a nightmarish game to rescue her real parents and three children imprisoned in a mirror. With only a bored-through stone and an aloof cat to help, Coraline confronts this harrowing task of escaping these monstrous creatures.” (Goodreads)
Coraline was the perfect Halloween read — happy that I actually read this on Halloween night, in one sitting.
Coraline is a book that is meant to appeal to children (I’d say 8+), but it’s just as enjoyable for adults for its genuinely creepy and morbid storyline — an “other” mother wanting to sew buttons on your eyes and steal you away from your true parents!; how is that not freaky!?
There’s something about Neil Gaiman’s writing that appeals to me greatly: there is a simplicity, done somewhat poetically, in the way Gaiman strings a sentence together; everything links together and comes around full-circle. His writing is hard to explain if you have not read any of Gaiman’s other works. It’s easy to read and very captivating. I highly recommend Neil Gaiman to anybody and everybody.
What I especially enjoyed about Coraline, aside from being exposed to more of Gaiman’s writing, is Coraline, the character. Coraline was was down to earth, independent, clever, and brave even when she was scared. These are great traits to see in any character, but I take a special liking towards strong, independent female leads. Coraline is not your damsel in distress, she’s the hero saving they day.
“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
“When you’re scared but you still do it anyway, that’s brave.”
“The names are the first things to go, after the breath has gone, and the beating of the heart. We keep our memories longer than our names.”