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Labyrinth: One classic film, fifty-five sonnets

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Labyrinth: One classic film, fifty-five sonnets retells the cult classic film in the form of Shakespearean sonnets. It was inspired by A Corrigan’s love of the film and the fact that she wished the novelisation had been more poetic, and physically resembled the book in the film more closely. She started writing the book late last year, intending it to be a celebration of t ...more
Kindle Edition, 62 pages
Published October 3rd 2016 by Matador
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I'm a die-hard Labyrinth fan-girl, okay? I grew up with that movie, and fell in love with the cheap, glitter-spackled set, with David Bowie with his hair metal mullet and Seinfeld-esque puffy shirt - creepy puppets and ambiguous target audience, and all. So you can imagine the double-take I did, then, when I was perusing the titles across Netgalley and saw the title & cover of this book.



"That looks like...no way, it can't be...what is t
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Wayne McCoy
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
'Labyrinth: One classic film, fifty-five sonnets' by Anne Corrigan was something I almost passed on. The idea has cheesiness all over it, but it is actually quite good and seemingly a true labor of love.

The film and dedication are told in 55 sonnets. I'm no expert on sonnets, so I don't know if these held true to a form of juxtaposing, but the basic form, rhyme and meter felt right.

I wish more of the story of how this came to be were in a preface to this book. The author is a huge fan of the fil
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Kelly
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Nostalgia is Strong with This One

(Full disclosure: I received a free ebook for review through Netgalley.)

Perhaps, in childhood, you a movie saw;
the title of said film, ‘twas Labyrinth.
It told of maiden and companions four,
and featured a beguiling goblin king.
Now thirty years have passed since its release –
in stature has its reputation grown;
so much, that this enchanting fantasy
is to another generation known.
This tale (the most-beloved of my life)
I ventured to encapsulate in verse,
a
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Beth Rowell
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: labyrinth cosplayers, collectors and casual fanatics
I bought the physical hardcover version of this book, and it is so gorgeous. It looks almost like a replica of Sarah's book in the film (it's the same red colour, not maroon as it appears on the internet. Same gold lettering, and there's even a gold owl on the back cover!). Labyrinth cosplayers and collectors will love it. Corrigan's poetry isn't outstanding or anything, but more than a few lines made me smile. Her sonnets are very true to the film and this book is a loving tribute. I'd take thi ...more
Tiffany
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this novel. The characters are very creative and interesting to read about, which keeps the reader captivated. I have loved the movie for years and this novel does not disappoint! A definite must-read!
M.L.D.
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very charming!
Dawnie Temple
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Everything exactly like the film. It's like watching the film without actually watching it.
Loved every minute of the book. Brilliant.
Emma Russon
Oct 23, 2016 rated it liked it
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion of the book. Quotes below may differ in the final published version of the book.

I love me a bit of Labyrinth, so when I saw this book was available for immediate download, obviously I had to give it a go.

The book follows the story of the Jim Henson film, with each ‘chapter’ in the form of a sonnet (14 lines with an ABAB rhyme scheme, including a rhyming couplet at the end). If you’ve
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Lisa Eiff
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this ebook from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

When I first selected this book, I saw the title and had to check it out. I grew up loving this movie, and had to see what this entry was about. It's well written, though I'm not sure I'd be ready to put the dedication into translating it from film to sonnet form, written in iambic pentameter. It makes for a fun read and sounds wonderful when read aloud. I strongly recommend reading this book aloud to your children,
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Paul Franco
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, poetry
Shelley wrote one famous sonnet—Ozymondius—about one subject, a narrow focus that allowed him to perfect it. Shakespeare—or whoever really wrote him—was a freak. With fifty-five examples here, it’s such a giant task it would seem impossible. Obviously they won’t all have the same quality. Some rhymes are too forced, or not rhyming at all. Others use unnecessary words in order to make the rhyme. Often the ending couplet is the best part, but it definitely helps to read them out loud.
The best are
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Louise White
I was initially intrigued by the concept of this book. Based on the well loved film Labyrinth, this is the whole film broken down into Shakespearean style sonnets.

Unfortunately it just didn't work for me. Its a great run through of the film and highlights key factors but I couldn't follow it, reading it a loud helped at times. I was unable to find the flow of the sonnet's and you and myself skipping through some to get to my favorite sections of the film. I was able to get through the whole thi
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Bev
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
For a die hard fan of the Labyrinth film like myself this book of sonnets based on the movie was a no brainier and I downloaded it from Netgalley with alacrity and enthusiasm! The sonnets follow the cinematic tale exactly and I smiled the whole way through, seeing the scenes in my head as I read the rhymes. The poetry is well written and beautifully descriptive, picturing Bowie's face as described brought tears to my eyes. Nostalgic, quick to read but possibly only for existing fans, but what a ...more
Sarah
Nov 03, 2016 rated it liked it
It's a lovely idea, but perhaps I'm not super-fan enough of the movie to feel that every scene deserved a sonnet, and as such some of them felt a bit forced and clunky.

Full review on my blog.
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