The one thing I didn’t like about having seen the movie before reading the book is that I already have a preconceived notions of how exactly things should be because I was told (shown) them.
Coraline is a wonderful story of love and bravery. I’m not a fan of horror stories but since it’s children’s horror story, I thought I should be able to handle it. I didn’t do too badly but before recommending it to a child, I’d take into consideration their disposition to freaky things.
It was a simple, enjoyable, and easy read. I liked the illustration of the concept of bravery, Coraline’s description of her mother, “wonderful, maddening, infuriating, glorious mother”, and Gaiman’s descriptive tools – he described one creepy thing using spider’s web and candy floss (yep, in one sentence).
Differences with the movie:
* I found the movie to be more humorous & fun
* I think it’s missing the ‘bravery’ illustration I mentioned above (I’m rewatching it so I’ll amend this point if I’m wrong)
* There’s an additional character and factors.