Celebrating 18 Years of Coraline

“I don’t want whatever I want. Nobody does. Not really. What kind of fun would it be if I just got everything I ever wanted just like that, and it didn’t mean anything? What then?” – Goodreads
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One of my childhood favorites, Coraline, is celebrating its 18th birthday. As a paranormal fiction, Coraline opened our eyes to escaping our dingy flats and entering a perfect world that was way more exciting than our own.

Moving into their new home, Coraline went exploring, finding that their new flat had “twenty-one windows and fourteen doors.” Thirteen of the doors can be opened, without the use of a key. But the fourteenth door is locked. One day Coraline unlocks the door and finds a passageway to a similar flat to her own. Everything seems marvelous until the other mother and father want to change Coraline and never let her go back home. Lost souls of other children have been trapped in the mirrors for many years. Their only hope is that Coraline can fight against her other family and save the children, her ordinary life and herself.



Although Neil Gaiman is well known for his adult literature, Coraline was the first children’s book that sparked the interests of children who enjoyed the mysterious and creepy stories. Critics enjoyed the book as much as children did, so much so, that Coraline was awarded the 2003 Hugo Award for Best Novella, 2003 Nebula Award for Best Novella, and the 2002 Bram Stoker Award for Best Work for Young Readers.


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This wonderful childhood thriller was later adapted into a movie. The scenes were able to inhabit the storyline of the book through its contrast of colors and staying true to the emotions that outlay Coraline’s reality.

If you loved Coraline just as much as I did, check out Gaiman’s website for more of his wonderful tales.


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