I call it "delightfully scary" because while it grips the reader's attention with creepy happenings that may cause a case of the shivers, it is not the kind of scary book that leads to nightmares of the "it could happen to me" kind. The story revolves around the very strange experiences Coraline has when she and her parents move into an apartment in an old house. Coraline must save herself and her parents from the evil forces that threaten them.
That director is none other than Henry Selick who, with his film Coraline managed to captivate young and old alike. Coraline exists as a rare breed of film that manages to engage visually as well as thematic. One strong example is the color palette of the film itself, which is particularly reminiscent of The Nightmare Before Christmas.
This is one terrific, terrible book! Let me explain…. But also unlike her real mother, the other mother has buttons for eyes and wants to love Coraline to death. But for kids?
It may be rated PG, but it is more suitable for adults than the very small among us. Gaiman, one of the premier dark fantasists of his generation, wrote the original novel, which has been translated into 30 languages and sold a million copies worldwide. Stop-motion and 3-D may seem like strange bedfellows, but in fact they complement each other beautifully.
The titular character's name came from a typo in "Caroline". According to Gaiman, "I had typed the name Caroline, and it came out wrong. I looked at the word Coraline, and knew it was someone's name.
When Neil Gaiman wrote Coraline inhe was inspired by the tales invented by his daughter Holly when she was still in kindergarten. From the mouths of babes come the most horrifying images to adults. That of child-kidnapping witches and imposters disguising themselves as loved ones strike a primal chord with adults, who know exactly the stakes those kinds of stories set up.
Both the book and the movie have enchanted and frightened hundreds of readers since they first appeared; in fact, they continue to be the favorite works of young horror aficionados, Neil Gaiman fans, and stop-motion fanatics. The story of a young girl venturing into a magical otherworld that's too good to be true is strangely familiar, but Coraline's adventures take a dark and at times disturbing twist into the realm of the uncanny. Bringing such a strange and sinister tale to the big screen was no easy task.
Netflix recently acquired two more Laika films to their streaming service, including Kubo and the Two Stringsas well as the beloved Coraline. The latter movie stole hearts everywhere when it hit the big screen in Based on the well-known book by Neil Gaiman, Coraline was done in stop-motion animation.
The narrative technique in Coraline is third person limited, which means that a narrator tells us the story, focusing mostly on one character. In this particular case, an adult narrator tells us Coraline's story. This is a pretty common narrative technique for books that star children. Having an adult narrator tell us a child's story can give us a little more depth; sometimes adults can see the big picture a little more than kids.