So today will be another recommendation but this time it will be a movie/book!
Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten. (Neil Gaiman, Coraline (2002) )
So, one of my favorite movies is Coraline (2009) based on Neil Gaiman’s 2002 book by the same name . When it came out I didn’t watch it because I was somewhat starstruck with The Princess and the Frog (2009). But I bought it for 5 dollars on a whim and discovered it is definitely my type of movie. Now I watch it all the time!
Reading the book actually came after the movie on a somewhat stormy day. Honestly that is the best time to read creepy children’s books! I finished it in a day and have since enjoyed it dozens of times on similar days. You know, the kind of days where we want to see our heroines and heros conquer evil!
I would say the best aspect of this story in either medium is the fact that Coraline had control of her fate. The other mother could not force her to relinquish her soul. She could only coerce, tantalize and trick her to give up her life. Plus, in the end Coraline defeated the other mother and freed her other victims.
It really is a story about courage and triumphing over the evils in our lives. I highly recommend this story, book or movie, especially to those who are looking for something truly engaging visually on screen and paper.