Where I Got It: The Library
Who I Recommend This To: Perhaps other Gaiman fans would enjoy it.
Publisher: HarperCollins (2008)
Length: 186 pages
This is the graphic novel based on Neil Gaiman‘s Coraline, the kid’s book that was turned into an animated movie (which was my first introduction to this tale). The gist of the story is that Coraline and her parents move to an old, large mansion that has been divided into multiple living quarters. It is a rainy summer and she wants to adventure around while her parents are immersed in their desk & computer work. She finds a secret door through to an alternate reality. Her parents and her neighbors are there, but different in so many ways – creepy, creepy ways.
Quite frankly, I found this rendition of the tale a bit boring. I haven’t read the original Coraline, but I assume this graphic novel, adapted and illustrated by P. Craig Russell, follows it pretty closely. All the colors are pretty muted in the artwork and it definitely lacks the intensity of other Gaiman graphic novels (I’m thinking the early Sandman Chronicles). Now I love Gaiman’s work, so it is a little hard for me to say this: Coraline lacks magic. Yep. There it is. Perhaps I am, in part, saying this because I have seen the animated movie Coraline with all it’s colors and odd beauty. So, I went into this graphic novel expecting something similar. Still, with that honesty, I still say it lacks. I almost did not finish it.
What I Disliked: Boring; dull; lacked magic and vibrancy.
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