Coraline’s often wondered what’s behind the locked door in the drawing room. It reveals only a brick wall when she finally opens it, but when she tries again later, a passageway mysteriously appears. Coraline is surprised to find a flat decorated exactly like her own, but strangely different. And when she finds her “other” parents in this alternate world, they are much more interesting despite their creepy black button eyes. When they make it clear, however, that they want to make her theirs forever, Coraline begins a nightmarish game to rescue her real parents and three children imprisoned in a mirror. With only a bored-through stone and an aloof cat to help, Coraline confronts this harrowing task of escaping these monstrous creatures.

Gaiman has delivered a wonderfully chilling novel, subtle yet intense on many levels. The line between pleasant and horrible is often blurred until what’s what becomes suddenly clear, and like Coraline, we resist leaving this strange world until we’re hooked. Unnerving drawings also cast a dark shadow over the book’s eerie atmosphere, which is only heightened by simple, hair-raising text. Coraline is otherworldly storytelling at its best.


Rating and Review

5/5 STARS!

The film was released last 2009. I watched the film on the same year and I became addicted to it, when I say ‘became addicted to it’, I literally mean it. I watched it for many times (I lost count of it) since I was 13 years old and of course, I already memorized most of the lines of the film.

I thought at first that the film was not based on a book or whatsoever but when the ending credits of the film was presented, a phrase like “Based on the novel ‘Coraline’ by Neil Gaiman” came up and I became gleeful. I mean like, isn’t it exciting to read the root of the film that you loved?

I’m not disappointed nor I hated the book but I became to love it more. There might be a bit difference between the two but we all know that what was written in the book will not be all presented in the film but there might be some changes and that’s what happened in Coraline. It’s still great to me, though. Nothing changed in my perspective.

Coraline was a small kid that what she just wanted in her life was to get the attention of her parents (which were both busy working). Then, she saw a mysterious passageway that connects from her house to her ‘other‘ house which for me was weird but exciting (lol). She saw the same things, the arrangements but what made her curious was the decoration (painting)  was different to her own house and the cat in her apartment was talking.

A bit of SPOILER here.

Her ‘other‘ mom and dad had buttons in their eyes which somehow odd. They welcomed her like she was gone for a long time and came back. She thought that things will go smoothly since everything was perfect, like her parents gave their attention only to her but what made it so perfectly wrong was there’s “one tiny little thing” that her ‘other‘ parents wanted and that’s sewing buttons in her eyes and she didn’t like it.


What I love about Coraline was how she prioritized bravery over fear which not all of us can do. Coraline gave me a lesson that protect and fight for your loved ones because this book is not about fear but about bravery. Sometimes, all we need is a bit of confrontation of our fear to understand and learn from it.

I’m not really good in giving reviews but this is my honest review about Coraline and if you love reading children’s book, I really recommend this. This’ll give you chills and feels!

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