The original version of "Coraline" by Neil Gaiman was published back in 2002. The novel is aimed at older children, and is part of the "dark fantasy" genre. I read the graphic novel version last year, and must confess it's one of my favourite.
Following the success of both versions of "Coraline" in print, a 2009 stop-motion film was directed by Henry Selick and received critical acclaim.
Within the last few months, I've become a fan of the horror genre- more than ever before. I really enjoyed this graphic novel, and would definitely read it again. Without giving too much away regarding the plot, "Coraline" contains themes such as "appreciate what you have, as things could always be worse."
Young Coraline Jones lives in an old mansion somewhere in England, but the building has been divided into flats. Unfortunately, Coraline's parents are often busy with work and don't always pay enough attention to her. With the presence of talking black cats, inter-dimensional travel, demons, and the ghosts of small children, "Coraline" is a fantastic story about the "coming of age" experience.
Have you read this book or seen this movie?
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The Modernist Son, 2020-2021.