Finally. For several times already, I have attempted to finish this short novella but it was only yesterday that I was able to finish it. It’s not that Coraline is an uninteresting story, it is actually the far opposite, except that my eyes can stand the strain of reading from the computer. It’s a good thing that I already have a handy Kindle to read all the other unfinished ebooks in my computer, including this one.
So, Coraline Jones. She is the main character in this really creepy story which is supposed to be for children but adults like me can also absolutely relate with (and be entirely spooked too!). She lives in a big house divided into different flats occupied by other eccentric people, specifically by Ms. Spink and Ms. Forcible in a flat below Coraline’s, and by Mr. Bobo in an attic. It was the school break and Coraline is bored. She discovers a door that opens to a brick wall, or so she thought. Because one night, when she opens the door, she is led to a house strangely similar to her house and discovers her “other” parents with button eyes living there and they want her to live with them forever.
I have not yet watched the animated film version of this book, and my copy is not illustrated but I have been totally creeped out, nonetheless. I can easily picture out the button eyes and long fingers of Coraline’s other mother and that is enough to scare me out of my wits. Yes, I’m a scaredy cat so leave me alone. Haha!
In Coraline, Coraline learned that not everything she wants is good for her. Even if she does not entirely like her parents, at least they are real. Who would want to have parents with button eyes anyway? I wouldn’t, even if they serve me the best chicken ever, decorate my bedroom with interesting colors, and give me a whole toy box filled with wonderful toys. In this fantasy other world, Coraline learns how to be brave and discovers that real, genuine love does not mean giving her everything she wanted.
“Because,” she said, “when you’re scared but you still do it anyway, that’s brave.”
Other than teaching some moral lessons to children, I think parents have something to learn from this book too. It teaches them not to let kids become so bored otherwise they go exploring on their own and learn things they are not yet supposed to learn. (Do I make sense?) In other words, make quality time for your children. Or else, other mothers and fathers will have them. 😛
Despite the scare factor, Coraline is an interesting children’s book, although I have reservations on letting my future kids read this whole they are still small. I don’t look forward to raising kids who are scaredy-cats like me, haha!
Speaking of cats, I like the big, black cat which became Coraline’s friend in the later part of the story. I have been a cat-lover way before I was converted to the dog-lovers society and every now and then, I get emotionally attached to cat characters such as this one. Maybe, if I have extra cash in the future, I will get myself a copy of an illustrated version of this book and see whether the black cat is as likeable as I picture him to be.
What I find more fascinating in my copy are the author’s notes and interview at the last part of the book. This is my first Neil Gaiman book and already I find the author interesting. (Can somebody give me another word for interesting?) For one, in the interview, Gaiman was asked what he did during the school holidays and he answered that he would sometimes reread Narnia books! (I love Narnia too!) And for two his favorite time of the day is “really, really early in the morning, just as the sun is coming up. I don’t see it too often, but I love it when I do.”
Yay, for early mornings! If you have read my previous post, you would know why I also love mornings. 😉
Mr. Neil Gaiman, I think I love you already! 😀
15/50 2012 Goodreads Reading Goal.