Coraline by Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell

GaimanCraigCoralineWhy I Read It: Love Neil Gaiman’s work.

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.

OnceUponATime7What I Liked: Alternate reality; lead female; crazy, quirky neighbors.

What I Disliked: Boring; dull; lacked magic and vibrancy.

Stainless Steel Droppings is hosting the fantasy celebration of the season in the reading event Once Upon A Time. Come join us for the fun.

4 thoughts on “Coraline by Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell”

  1. I didn’t dislike the book, and I think this is one book where I could have enjoyed the book better if I hadn’t see the film first. But, the film is so visually pleasing and vibrant that it just turns the story into something else. The other world/other mum aspect is still pretty creepy though!
    Lynn 😀

  2. The cover looks pretty dull, so if that reflects the inside artwork I can see how it wouldn’t do much for you. I remember the book as being very creepy, and very similar in feeling to the animated film. It SEEMS like it would translate well into a graphic novel format…but maybe not!

    1. I don’t know why the artist and author decided to make this book so boring in color choice. I will probably try the novel version some time.

Comments are always appreciated, so don't be shy!