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The novel, written by Neil Gaiman, first provided readers with a story of a girl, Coraline, who has recently moved into a new home. In thi new flat she has a great deal of exploring to do and tries to avoid boredom by examining the grounds and home very closely. In an underlying theme, Coraline seems to be struggling with ht enotion of starting a new school and much of this worry manifests itself in her trials with the "other mtoher" Since the text is primarily written, though there are a few images here and there, the reader is granted the opportunity to picture much of the story in his or her mind while reading. For me, this imagery created in my mind as a reader is always a highlight of reading.

In some ways, the reader in me was disappointed in the graphic novel portrayal of Coraline, adapted by P. Craig Russell, while in other ways, I thoroughly enjoyed the additions the images provided my imagination with. For example, the graphic novel helped me to see the monstrous like quality the "other mother" possessed. While in the book, I imagined her to be very friendly at first in order to trick Coraline. The scarier quality of Coraline's "other mother" adds an additional layer to the text's meaning for me as a reader. Since she is so much scarier, I see much more discontentment in Coraline's own real life. If she is willing to form a bond with this scary looking woman over her own real family, I conclude that her unhappiness at home is greater than in the novel.


Coraline, 3 versions

Graphic Novel

The film portrayal of Coraline had me questioning so much about my reading of the original novel. Seeing the story come to life on screen seemed to add so much to my understanding of the story itself. First of all, the detail included in the "other mother's" version of the house and grounds made it easy to see why the new world was so appealing to Coraline--the garden scene with the "other father" really comes to mind.


All involved in crafting these three texts made very specific and deliberate decisions in order to portray the story in the best way appropriate to the respective medium. Weiner (2004) said it well when he stated, " These books might be used as introductions to the literary works in their original form as well as providing worthwhile reading experiences in their own right. They might also be used in conjunction with other types of adaptations, such as film." By studying the three versions of this text in conjunction with one another, I was able to make more meaning as a reader than I ever would have been able to alone. For example, Gaiman's descriptive language allowed me to create mental images of his story; however, when the images were truly brought to life in the film, I was captivated. Pairing the images with the music and dialogue really helped to set the scene in a way that was completely different than either text form. That being said, the graphic novel also provided me with a more expanded image of the story, albeit a more drab one in some cases when compared to the film. Though I do see the graphic novel being a great companion for some students within the classroom. Additionally, I could really see students thriving off of comparison with the three versions in class.


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- I wonder why the film took place in the United States while it was obvious the book and graphic novel were British? (Though I do love that Coraline's father was a State fan :))-I wonder why the film chose to include an additional character, Wybie? I'm not sure this was needed; however, I wonder if filmakers chose to do this in order to appeal to a male audience as well?-Spink and Forcible provided comic relief in all three versions of the text. However, in the film, I wonder how appropriate their show was for children considering they were wearing very little clothing during the performance, one even had pasties only covering her large breasts. Like I said, I found this to be comic relief, but also question it's inclusion in a film meant for children.

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