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November 29th, 2007


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12:24 am - Coraline in the City
I started Coraline this morning and finished it this evening. Yes, my reading for the past few months has been Gaiman/Zusak/Gaiman/Zusak/Gaiman. I think the pattern ends here, however.

Coraline is a neat little story about a girl who does what all girls in stories like this do, which is open a door she isn't supposed to and find herself in a creepy mirror world that masquerades as ideal but is actually more sinister than that. Okay, so maybe it's not always that specific, but you get the drift.

Not surprisingly, Gaiman crafts this dark fairy tale without sugarcoating the story; it's more Pan's Labyrinth than Alice in Wonderland. For a child in the hands of Gaiman, danger is exciting. Not a bad thing. Not really.

As I was reading and imagining the world on the other side of the door, I thought, "This would make a really cool movie! Because imagining is so taxing on the brain. I wish I could just see it!" And it turns out the movie comes out next year! Directed by the guy who did Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach, all done in stop-motion. So that should be pretty sweet.
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From:hobviously
Date:November 29th, 2007 09:16 am (UTC)

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...Have you ever read Alice in Wonderland? It wasn't all that sugar-coated. None of the old stories were before Disney got their hands on them.

...Also, did you press post too soon? This doesn't have that usual locowciousness.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 29th, 2007 04:17 pm (UTC)

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I have not read it, and I have meant to, but as I was using Pan's Labyrinth as a comparator, I hoped to make the association with the movie, not the book.

And sometimes I am not exceedingly verbose! It can happen!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 29th, 2007 06:16 pm (UTC)

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P.S. Luckily, my copy of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass was not hard to find! Now I know what to read next.

(Also, aha! Alice in Wonderland isn't even the actual name of the book! So of course I meant the movie, with all its colors and fanciful dancing! Ta da.)
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From:alliterator
Date:November 29th, 2007 08:16 pm (UTC)

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Yeah, Lewis Caroll's original title was Alice's Adventures Underground (which sorta makes sense, as she had to fall down a hole to get to Wonderland). Most of the original book were parodies of existing nursery rhymes, since he was telling it to three little girls. Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There is more of a satire, however, on British culture and politics (there was even an excised scene where Alice was on a train and met a talking wasp with a powdered wig).

As you can tell, I own the Complete Lewis Caroll. There are some zany stories, especially The Hunting of the Snark.
From:hobviously
Date:November 29th, 2007 11:32 pm (UTC)

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Well, it's a bit weird to be comparing a book to two movies and claiming consistency.

Also, I knew that's not the name of the book, but I didn't want to get overly lectureful. Just SORT OF lectureful, you see.

re: allit's comment below: I was once in a play-of-sorts of The Hunting of the Snark. I was Thingamajig, who has forgotten his name.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 29th, 2007 11:51 pm (UTC)

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I make my own consistency.
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From:electricmonk
Date:November 29th, 2007 09:17 am (UTC)
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I misread your title as "Caroline," and I was honestly confused when your post was not about Lea Thompson. You're sneaky. But books are cool too, I guess.
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From:bsidetales
Date:November 29th, 2007 01:34 pm (UTC)
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"This would make a really cool movie! Because imagining is so taxing on the brain. I wish I could just see it!"

Hee!

That sounds cool; I actually had a dream about mirror-worlds last night due to this ridiculous Candian show I watched on Discovery Kids yesterday, so that seems right up my alley.

YAY MOVIES.
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From:jeeperstseepers
Date:November 29th, 2007 02:04 pm (UTC)
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Alice in Wonderland was mad creepy.

As I was reading and imagining the world on the other side of the door, I thought, "This would make a really cool movie! Because imagining is so taxing on the brain. I wish I could just see it!"

I've posted about the movie. Here and here.

At first I thought the movie looked like it would be cool, but then I got angry when I saw the casting and found out about the way it was being done. The two worlds won't look the same. I think only the Other world will be stop-motion. That completely takes away a huge part of the creepiness. The Other world is supposed to look exactly the same except for some things that are subtly wrong. There were a couple of other things that pissed me off too, and I know I ranted them in my LJ. But I don't know where.

Edited at 2007-11-29 02:05 pm (UTC)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 29th, 2007 04:28 pm (UTC)
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I had an idea that they were making a movie, but I wasn't certain.

I'm not sure about the casting either. Forget Fanning and Hatcher, Keith David, though awesome, is not how I thought the cat sounded at all.

As for only the Other world being stop-motion, hm. I wasn't actually imagining stop-motion in my head; I saw it all as live-action. But you're right that the Other world is supposed to be, well, a true mirror version and not some fantastical stop-motion land.
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From:modlin
Date:November 29th, 2007 02:21 pm (UTC)
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Button eyes! So creepy!

Just last night I finished Fragile Things. There was some good stuff in there, you should read it.
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From:zenkitty_714
Date:November 29th, 2007 06:00 pm (UTC)
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Coraline is probably my favorite Gaiman story. In my head I always pictured the Other world as the same but sort of dreamy, nightmarish, the way the world in nightmares looks real but isn't (at least in MY nightmares). If the stop-motion is done well, it could work. For me anyway. I'm looking forward to the movie.
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From:beeker121
Date:November 30th, 2007 06:23 pm (UTC)
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Coraline is a lovely little story. I remember Gaiman responding to some folks who thought it was much too scary to ever actually let children read and he said something along the lines of 'adults tend to see it as a horror story, children read it as an adventure'. I've always liked that.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:November 30th, 2007 06:26 pm (UTC)
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Hey, you! And, yeah, like I said, I loved the bit where Coraline found danger exciting. It amused me.
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From:farmersmums
Date:December 21st, 2007 06:04 am (UTC)
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They Might Be Giants is set up to do the soundtrack for it!
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From:pica_scribit
Date:June 13th, 2012 03:15 pm (UTC)
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I once had the indescribable joy of reading Coraline to a classroom of 4th and 5th graders. They were on the edge of their seats, and never wanted to stop. Then they drew pictures of the Other Teacher. It was awesome.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:June 13th, 2012 03:16 pm (UTC)
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That does sound awesome.

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