The modern things

Like many things modern, everything is going digital these days.

Even one of my favourite stories. Scheduled for a February 2009 release, Neil Gaiman's Coraline is a stop-motion which is co-directed by Henry Selick and Mike Cachuela.

This is the story of a young girl, who unlocks a mysterious door in her new home in Ashland, Oregon, and enters into an adventure in a parallel reality. On the surface, this other world eerily mimics her own life—though much more fantastical. In it, Coraline encounters such off-kilter inhabitants as the morbidly funny Miss Forcible and Miss Spink, and a counterfeit mother and father — who attempts to keep her. Ultimately, Coraline must count on her resourcefulness, determination, and bravery to get back home.

While touching and funny on one hand, Coraline also gave me the chills. It mirrors Lewis Caroll's classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Both stories blur the distinction between fantasy and reality and gave me a little thrill and chill to read it. I've been facinated by this genre for years and it's been reflected in the books that I read. But enough prattle, see it for yourself:

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