Coraline the book vs Coraline the movie

Hey there, internet! The weather this week has been amazing!! I finally got to open the windows and let in some fresh air. I do so love fresh air. It’s raining now but it’s still pretty warmish, relatively speaking.

I read Coraline this week. I’m getting ready to write another kids’ book (the first one isn’t out yet), so I thought it might be good for some inspiration. I love Neil Gaiman’s work, so the more I can get, the better.

I was actually a little surprised that I liked the movie better than the book. That usually isn’t the case. I feel guilty, like I’m breaking some kind of bookworm rule.

Why did I like the film version better? The movie is more imaginative. For instance, most of the garden scenes aren’t in the book. Wybie (one of the main characters in the movie) isn’t there at all, neither is the doll with the button eyes. The story is fundamentally the same. It just lacks a lot of the color and depth the movie had.

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. The book is only 160 pages (about 30,000 words) long, which I feel is really short. My 12-year-old son agreed. He does still plan to read it, despite or maybe because of the shortness of it.

I don’t want to say I’m disappointed because I did like it, and Gaiman is still one of my top 5 favorite authors. This just wasn’t my favorite work of his.

 

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Movie: Gods of Egypt

Guess what I have. It’s a movie post! I know, I know. I haven’t done one in forever. But here we are.

Gods of Egypt

Description from IMDB: “Mortal hero Bek teams with the god Horus in an alliance against Set, the merciless god of darkness who has usurped Egypt’s throne, plunging the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict.”

Okay, I know I might get some jeers for this one. Gods of Egypt seems to be the movie to hate right now, but I honestly did like it.

I didn’t read about the whole whitewashing thing until after I saw it, but I did notice the multitude of white people, primarily the main characters. I mean, come on. The story takes place in Egypt. A few of my pale-skinned brethren could’ve been there due to some European presence but the ratio was way off. Almost every character that mattered was white.

Once I got past that, the movie was great. So much of it was big, the scenery, the buildings, the monsters, the action, big, big, big and CGI. Lots of CGI, which fit this high-fantasy version of ancient Egypt.

There’s a chariot pulled by big scarab beetles, snake ladies riding giant vipers, a super creepy version of Anubis (my fave), and a bunch of other stuff that’s fun to watch.

The battles are pretty cool. They reminded me of the Avengers fight scenes, people flying around and breaking buildings and such.

My only complaint, other than the lack of ethnic authenticity, was that the movie was too long. They could’ve chopped 20-30 minutes off the thing, and it would’ve been fine. Gods of Egypt gets a C+.