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The Other Coraline?
March 28, 2010, 5:12 am
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Rather than read this, you should check out the OTHER Coraline, from Blockbuster.

Quite often when a book is turned into a movie people are upset because the content doesn’t transfer well.  The biggest complaint is that the movie leaves out details.  This was not the case with Coraline.

I disobeyed the “Read It Before You See It!” sticker on the front of the book, and I watched Coraline before I read Coraline.  I’m glad that I did.  I found the book really dull, and I probably wouldn’t have watched the movie if I read it before I saw it.

The story is about a young girl named Coraline who recently moved into a new flat.  Her flat is actually part of a very large house; the other flats are occupied by  Mr. Bobo, “the crazy man upstairs,” and his mouse circus, Misses Spink and Forcible, and nobody (one flat is empty.)

In the drawing room, a room containing only a fireplace, uncomfortable furniture inherited from Coraline’s grandmother, and a mysterious door to nowhere, Coraline finds an entrance to an alternate universe.  A puzzling door to nowhere, which used to open up to a brick wall, suddenly opens up to a flat just like hers, except more fun.

In good time, Coraline finds that the fun world really isn’t where she wants to be.   So she challenges her Other Mother, her mother in the alternate universe, for her freedom.

The majority of the story is about Coraline struggling to win a challenge against her Other Mother, for her freedom and the freedom of her loved ones.

I wouldn’t  recommend this book.  I would, however, recommend a trip to Blockbuster, a Redbox, or Family Video to pick up a copy of the movie Coraline.  It is less time consuming to watch and more enjoyable.

-Gabriela Zamfir

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