For me, this one was really difficult to rate. I really loved the whole concept of this story and it's characters. I thought it was lacking backstory,For me, this one was really difficult to rate. I really loved the whole concept of this story and it's characters. I thought it was lacking backstory, I found myself asking why throughout most of the book and I think it was underdeveloped in many ways. Overall, I enjoyed it in all of it's strangeness. If you aren't familiar with locations in London, parts of it can drag on and become a little frustrating, it did for me anyway. The characters are really eccentric and unique, as well as the story. I wanted to like it more than I did, it wasn't as mentally disturbing as I would have liked, with the exception of Croup and Vandemar. They were so twisted, I wanted to understand them a bit better though, once again, it lacks backstory...it's still a good read. ...more
I am amazed that this book is considered children's literature. I read this book alone in my room in the middle of the night and it is disturbing, yesI am amazed that this book is considered children's literature. I read this book alone in my room in the middle of the night and it is disturbing, yes, I said disturbing. I absolutely adored it, everything about this book is brilliant. The story, writing, atmosphere, and artwork are all amazing. I saw the movie before reading the book, and in my opinion the book is much darker. I love 'Alice in Wonderland' and Coraline is very similar to it in many ways. ...more
The only reason I'm not giving this one more star is because of a bit of the writing, I am anal retentive when it comes to grammatical errors and I liThe only reason I'm not giving this one more star is because of a bit of the writing, I am anal retentive when it comes to grammatical errors and I like to read books with a lot of atmospheric description. I love Harry Potter and this is the first book, I think aimed a little more at younger readers and not as dark as what is yet to come later on (I've seen all of the films.) This is a quick, enjoyable read and I don't care who thinks the Harry Potter series is overrated or not 'great literature' it is a powerful story that many people can relate to. I admire J.K Rowling for coming up with something that children, teens, and adults can all enjoy. Of course it isn't Shakespeare, but it leaves a lasting effect on the reader. I love everything about Harry Potter, the messages, true friendship, the symbolism, wizards, witches, mythical creatures, I think these are the reasons why Harry Potter is such an intriguing story. In my opinion you certainly don't get that in popular YA fiction right now ( I won't even get into the whole Twilight vs. Harry Potter debate because I find it pointless and childish. I think it's good to explain why you like a series and your reasons for liking/not liking it but I don't see the point in arguing 'this is better than that' unless it comes down to the writing skill. I think you can legitimately argue how something is written but when it comes to storytelling we all have our reasons why we relate to them differently. Both stories are what they are and have fans for many different reasons and were successful for different reasons. I'm tired of the whole 'my fan base is better than yours and blah blah blah'. Some people love Twilight, some people love Harry Potter. Some people don't care about either one. Who cares)and that is all I will say about that matter however, I don't think it is often you find all of these elements combined to tell a a story with such an impact.