Pan's Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun
Oscar winning writer-director Guillermo del Toro and New York Times bestselling author Cornelia Funke have come together to transform del Toro’s hit movie Pan’s Labyrinth into an epic and dark fantasy nov ...more
This whole backstory of Ofelia being a fairy tale princess really sounds far-fetched and implausible, there…more Having only seen the movie my take is this:
This whole backstory of Ofelia being a fairy tale princess really sounds far-fetched and implausible, therefore all the supernatural elements are probably part of a grand fantasy of Ofelia's. The movie works perfectly if one assumes that all the fantasy events take only place in Ofelia's head and are her way to deal with the harsh reality.
Except for one thing.
And this is her escape from her bedroom in which she has been locked. You know, the scene where she draws a door with chalk through which she then escapes (IIRC). The way things are shown in the movie, there is no way that she would have gotten out of the room with normal means (or if there is, this option has not been presented to the viewers). But she did escape, which to me indicates that the fantasy elements ARE real after all.
I love fantasy so I don't have a problem with supernatural elements at all. But personally, I would have liked the movie to not have included this ridiculous backstory, especially the part that instead of dying she returned to her real father, the king of the underworld. This really stretches the plausibility for me. Without this, the movie would have been pretty perfect for me.(less) (hide spoiler)]
"In our choices lie our fate."
This was just as magical and creepy as I had hoped it would be!
I absolutely adore the film Pan's Labyrinth. It is 100% my jam, the perfect combination of fantasy and darkness that just speaks to my soul, and the fact that this novel was taken on by Cornelia Funke - an author I have loved since reading the Inkheart trilogy as a tender teenager, it's fair to say my hopes were through t ...more
Once upon a time, when the woods were young,
they were home to creatures
who were full of magic and wonder ....
"Here!" She turned the open book to her visitor. "See? That’s a Fairy."
Well. If the girl thought so. Ofelia’s visitor decided to play along.
"My name is Ofelia," she said, trying her best to sound brave and not intimidated at all by the horns and those strange blue eyes. "Who are you?"...more
"Me?" The creature pointed at his withered chest. "Ha!" He waved his hand, as if names were th
This was one odd and creepy story...but I liked it! I can see why it's a cult classic. ...more
I'm one of the few who were disappointed by the movie, but I still decided to try the book. I didn't remember the movie at all, so I can't compare, but I heard the book follows the same plot with some additional details. Why did I like the book so much in comparison of the movie? That's a mystery!
The illustrations were amazing (I wish there would be more than that, actually), the writing was poetic and the eerie atmosphe ...more
This is dark, twisted, whimsical and I'd recommend it for Halloween, and definitely not for kids if they don't like scary stuff.
So TGW: Abuse, war, gore, slaughter, torture, death and other.
Eventhough in the synopsis, it says there are multiple stories (which there are), there are all connected and form one bigger story, and also, the main story is always in t ...more
Pan's Labyrinth is a gothic, mystical, magical fantasy but dark, oh so dark. The story takes place in Spain during the reign of General Franco during WWII. Franco, as you are aware, was aligned with the Germans during the war and with a magical twist, the plot reflects the Fascism of the ...more
I don't know about the rest of you but when I think Pan's Labyrinth I think [insert creepy dude with eyes in the palms of his hands here]. I only saw the movie once, a million years ago, and I thought this was an extension of the story or just inspired by it. But from what I understand (because I sure don't remember enough to say for certain) is that this is an expanded, additionally layered, version of the movie itself.
Which should tell ...more
However, the novelisation by Cornelia Funke somehow falls flat. Yes, the story and most of the dialogue remains unchanged, and that's a good thing, as it was already very accomplished and there's no sense in messing with good elements already in place. My issue was more ...more
Pan’s Labyrinth was originally a Spanish fantasy/horror film written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, that I believe was released in 2006. To say that I enjoyed the film would be such an understatement because to tell the truth, I absolutely adored it and still do. In my opinion it is one of the best fantasy films there is, and will always be special ...more
Ofelia is a young girl living in Spain during Franco's regime. Her father is dead and her mother has remarried so she is now living with the dreadful Capitán Vidal. Her mother is only 32 years old but already disillusioned and heartbroken and therefore not able to really connect and communicate with her ...more
This book is very much that story.
How does it compare? Well.
Is it as freaking DARK as the original fairy tale? Yes. Scarily so. The sense of oppression, desperation, magic, and YA horror is evident from the beginning and culminates in a true tragedy by the end.
Although some people might see the light and happiness in this, I su ...more
As a general rule, I fall into the camp of always reading the book before seeing the movie because, well, I'm a book person, books are always better, movies always leave too much out, etc... Sometime you get those cool moments ...more
I really enjoyed it, I love that type of a bit darker and twisted tales so I was happy listening to it. And Guillermo does the narration so it was even better!!! ...more
“In our choices lie our fate”
I am not a fan of reading books that I have already seen as a film. Mostly because I often have the feeling that I only remember the scenes in the film and can hardly let my imagination run wild.
With this book, I hoped for a kind of retelling instead of a written version of the film with a few additional short stories. Don't get me wrong, I liked the basic story, but I didn't feel any tension and I followed Ofelia's tests more like a report of events, w ...more
Pan’s Labyrinth is one of my favorite films--like, top ten favorite. Director Guillermo del Toro brought realism and magic and fantasy and history and fairy-tale and the power of words together and made something truly spectacular. So there was no doubt in my mind that I was going to read this illustrated adaptation as soon as possible. If you’re a fan of the film, it’s an enjoyable and fun read but not necessarily a must-read. It should be quite exciting for those who aren't familiar with th ...more
Review: A dark fairy tale about disobedience in the face of wickedness. I per ...more
This book is something special and I really enjoyed my time while reading this.
I absolutely loved the movie and when I saw that this book had been published in honour of the film, I just had to get my hands on it.
Pan's Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun has such a beautiful and moody setting and you couldn’t help but feel like you’re reading a dark fairytale.
As I saw the film, I knew the plot and what happens, however I still felt enchanted and felt like I couldn’t put this down.
I may be too old or grown up for Funke’s books, but every time she publishes a new one, I simply have to get it. Inkheart and Reckless are fantastic trilogies and The Thief Lord is one of my favourite books and movie adaptations of all time.
What makes Pan’s Labyrinth so special is that it is a movie-based story and that alone made me excited to read it. But the real phenomenon, which left me speechless, is the fact that Funke is c ...more
Ofelia and her mother is moving to be with her new step father. A horrible man who only married her mother so that she would give him a son. When Ofelia is lead to Faun by a fairy he tells her that she is a long lost princess and she has to pass 3 trials to come home. I would just like to note that there is...more
This was a really haunting beautiful story with a mix of fairy tale tropes and horror. I will probably watch the movie sometime around Halloween.
When I first saw Pan's Labyrinth in the theater, I knew right away that it would cement ...more
I will read literally anything that has Cornelia's name on it okay, which was the main reason I wanted this book. But I'd also seen the movie a few years ago and enjoyed the darker fairytale aspect of it . . . and honestly the movie was so much better. Sure, this has Cornelia Funke's lovely way of writing about it, but it's just so scattered and literally the movie step-by-step, albeit toned down in a few parts (mostly regarding the language) to make this more a ...more