Coraline Book Review

I have seen the movie Coraline when it first came out, and I the have DVD, but it has many years since I watched it. I have not read the book Coraline by Neil Gaiman until now.

Screenshot of Coraline by Neil Gaiman audio book

Since I have seen the movie and read the book, I will do some comparisons. The plot for both the movie and book is pretty much the same. Coraline and her parents move into a flat where she meets her eccentric neighbors: a retired circus performer who is training a mouse circus and two elderly retired actresses who own a ton of Scottish Terriers. One day Coraline is bored and discovers a door that leads to a parallel world where her house is the same, but everyone including the other mother has button eyes. In an attempt to keep Coraline in the parallel world, the other mother kidnaps her parents and Coraline must get them back. Both the book and movie do not explain how the parallel world and other mother came about, but the book does provide more flashbacks of Coraline with her parents. The flashbacks give more depth and likability to her parents whereas in the movie they are portrayed as parents who do not care about her. Coraline is also more likeable in the book and I think it has to do with the fact that she has to do everything by herself whereas in the movie she has Wybie to fall back on (Wybie and his grandma are not in the book). In both the movie and book my favorite parts were with the cat and I love that he could talk in the parallel world. As far as creepiness goes, some scenes in the book were especially creepy, which are not present in the movie. The book was also a short read and it was read by Neil Gaiman himself which was nice addition to the audio book.

Overall, I recommend Coraline by Neil Gaiman if you want to read a creepy book or you have seen the movie.

$9.89 at Book Depository

Rate: 9/10


Have you seen or read Coraline?

24 thoughts on “Coraline Book Review

  1. I remember watching the film when I was younger and it really freaked me out, but I had no idea there was a book, I love to read so I’m going to have to give this on a go 😍 great post!
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