When Ransom Riggs Brought Peculiar Children to Film

Many were astonished when Ransom Riggs’s amazing novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children came out. It was an oddity with several characters with peculiarities. A movie adaptation was released in 2016, do you think it deserves praise?

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First, a big Happy Birthday to the amazing author Ransom Riggs who has brought many awes and gasps with his first book Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. This debut brought on so much buzz in the bookworm world that I read the first three books. Ransom Riggs managed to create a six-book series: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Hollow City, Library of Souls, A Map of Days,The Conference of the Birds, and The Desolations of Devil’s Acre. I have had the opportunity to watch the film Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Plot

When Jacob stumbles upon clues to a mystery that spans from different times and worlds, he soon discovers a secret placed called Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the specially gifted children and the enemies that are lurking.


Stars Asa Butterfield (Sex Education, Space Between Us) who plays Jacob, and Eva Green (Dark Shadows, Penny Dreadful) who plays Miss Peregrine both bring Ransom Rigg’s story to life. Based on their performance, they brought that magical whimsy that makes the concept of the peculiar children so enticing to watch. Ransom Rigg’s concept alone, children with peculiar gifts and a constant day-by-day reversing time, intrigued me as a reader and watcher of the movie. However, not all can be impacted in an adaptation vs the book.

Ransom Riggs said this about his 2016 movie during a Den of Geek Interview

“I think my background in film taught me that a great book adaptation is not always slavishly faithful to the source material. I tried not to envision too much of what it would be before Tim and Jane did their work, because I didn’t want to get attached to something that would change. I tried to be neutral, open and receptive, to just wait for the scripts to come in—and I was so, so pleased.

Of course there are many things are different, but I feel like all the changes were intended to make the story more cinematic. I hope readers feel this way even though there’s a lot of elaboration [in the movie]. I feel it’s something I could have written and I think it’s totally keeping in spirit with the book.”


Based on my own assessment of the movie and reading the first three books. I felt that in terms of graphics and creating the enemies and children were great. In terms of making the storyline, especially near the end of the movie during fight scenes, it felt a bit underdone. I wished that the peculiar children, especially the younger ones had more opportunities and lines. Overall I recommend watching this film for the sake of its creative storyline. And of course, read the book, it has amazing peculiar pictures!

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