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Coraline is a fantasy/horror novel by British author Neil Gaiman, published in 2002 by Bloomsbury and Harper Collins. It was awarded the 2003 Hugo Award for Best Novella.
It has been compared to Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and has been adapted into a 2009 stop-motion film directed by Henry Selick.

As the tale begins, Coraline and her parents move into an old Queen Anne style house that has been subdivided into four flats. Coraline's parents are always busy with their work and pay her little attention. Isolated, Coraline goes off to explore. She meets the other inhabitants of the house, Miss Spink and Miss Forcible, two elderly women retired from the stage, and an even older crazy acrobat, Mr. Bobo, who says he is training a jumping mouse circus which Coraline does not believe. She also encounters a strange black cat. Miss Spink, after reading Coraline's future in tea leaves and seeing something grim, gives her The Eye Candy to protect herself.

Coraline finds a locked door in the drawing room and, after finding the key and unlocking it, sees that the passage has been bricked. The next day she takes the key to the door, opens it, and finds a dark corridor leading to an apartment almost identical to her own. This alternate world is inhabited by her "Other Mother" and "Other Father", who are replicas of her real parents, the only difference being that they have buttons for eyes. She also sees the cat, who speaks after entering this world. The other parents at first seem more interesting, fun and caring than her real parents. After a few days, the Other Mother offers her a chance to stay in this world forever if Coraline will allow buttons to be sewn into her eyes.

The Other Mother becomes mad when Coraline refuses to accept gifts and love, and she imprisons Coraline behind a mirror as punishment. There she meets three children from different eras who had decided to stay in the Other World. These children tell Coraline that after they let the Other Mother sew buttons in their eyes, she eventually grew weary and tired of them. She then cast their spirits aside and then ate their bodies, and as the children inform her, the same will happen to Coraline if she does not escape. Coraline is horrified and dashes back through the door to go home, much to the disappointment of the Other Mother.

Upon her return to her apartment, Coraline finds that her real parents are missing. They never return by the next day, and Coraline, discovering that they were kidnapped by the Other Mother, goes back to the Other World to rescue them.

Coraline challenges the Other Mother in a game to find the children's souls and her parents within the Other world, using her wits and the Eye Candy. After finding the children's souls and discovering that her parents have been imprisoned in a snow globe, she throws the cat at the Other Mother (much to the cat's dismay, though he later forgives her), grabs the snow globe, and escapes to the real world. In doing so, she forces the door shut on the Other Mother's hand, severing it. Back in her apartment, Coraline finds her parents safe and sound.

That night, Coraline discovers that her task is still not done: the Other Mother's severed hand is still in Coraline's world, attempting to steal the key that opens the door that connects the two worlds. Coraline allows the hand to follow her to a disused well and tricks it into falling into the well along with the key, ridding the world of the danger of the Other Mother.
love it
posted July 25th, 2010  
thanks erin =)
posted July 25th, 2010  
Hi Jayds, where can I buy the mask? Thanks!
posted July 25th, 2010  
Love the perspective.
posted July 25th, 2010  
i love masks! love the shot!
posted July 25th, 2010  
Great photo set up and the story sounds absolutely awesome, my type.
posted July 25th, 2010  
awesome shot!!
posted July 25th, 2010  
@ barry - national bookstore, craft section, its like paper mache. or made of carton lng ata.... but i saw made from resin, sa divisoria, parang jabbawockeez mask... i think nasa 600 plus sya... =)
posted July 25th, 2010  
thanks brad and dennis... =)
posted July 25th, 2010  
thanks rick and tracy ... =)

have a great sunday to all of you guys.... =)
posted July 25th, 2010  
This is a great shot, has an eerie feel to it!
posted July 25th, 2010  
thanks malena ..=)
posted July 25th, 2010  
very nice caption, great photo jaydee.. aztig...
posted July 25th, 2010  
Love Neil Gaiman, love this book and love this photo. Very nice!
posted July 25th, 2010  
Creative! Love it!
posted July 25th, 2010  
This is great. Love the whole thing!
posted July 25th, 2010  
@ seunh jun - apir pare! salamat!

thanks @ autumn, dorrena, and kathy =)
posted July 25th, 2010  
Incredibly creepy, I love the picture and the story
posted July 25th, 2010  
Interesting and very creative. Love the shot!
posted July 25th, 2010  
thanks caitlyn and ambo..... =)
posted July 25th, 2010  
spooky. very good jaydee
posted July 25th, 2010  
a bit eerie jaydee.... like right out of a cheesy horror film... love it...
posted July 25th, 2010  
thanks richard and rudi .... =)
posted July 25th, 2010  
Fantastic shot. Before I read the title of the description the first thing I thought about was Coraline. That's pretty amazing how just looking at the photo I knew what message you were conveying.
posted July 25th, 2010  
yup yup..... coraline indeed.... =)
posted July 25th, 2010  
Love it, Jaydee!! After seeing your FB status, I was expecting another Coraline shot! You've done perfect!
posted July 25th, 2010  
This is so cool!!
posted July 25th, 2010  
i love neil gaiman. great composition and shot, jaydee. eerie and beautiful and creepy at the same time.
posted July 25th, 2010  
great shot jaydee- looks like the mask is watching that needle making sure that the needle isn't intended for it.
posted July 26th, 2010  
I knew as soon as I pulled up the photo...I love Neil Gaiman and I loved this short story/movie. Fab photo!!!
posted July 26th, 2010  
I haven't read the book, but the movie is fantastic. It worked perfectly in stop motion. Such an inspirational watch
posted July 26th, 2010  
Very cool. Great creativity.
posted July 26th, 2010  
thanks sooooo much all ..... mwah mwah.. =)
posted July 27th, 2010  
I love this. Another great idea!
posted July 28th, 2010  
A great shot...very eerie and suggestive....needle and button.... never had the pleasure of reading the book..will look for it in our library but i have seen the movie and loved it.
posted July 28th, 2010  
Awesome idea! I LOVE Coraline! :D
posted August 7th, 2010  
I like.
posted August 7th, 2010  
This iLove!
posted August 19th, 2010  
Awesome
posted January 16th, 2011  
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posted June 13th, 2011  
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