Thursday, 1 December 2016

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

What with this popular story recently arriving in cinemas, I thought it was about time for a comparison: book, film, and graphic novel. The story is about Jacob, a teenage boy who, after the death of his grandfather, travels to a small island off Wales in search of an old orphanage full of children with incredible gifts. Only problem is, Jacob is not the only person searching the orphanage. Well, I say person… more a sort of twisted, invisible, tentacled monster that will give you nightmares.

Ransom Riggs is a lover of photograph illusions, using them as a basis for most of his characters. They are very old, coming from various collectors and most of them, obviously, fake. But to look at how the ‘tricks’ inspired such lovable characters is truly incredible.

While the graphic novel is a closer visual representation to the original, there were a lot of differences in the new movie. Book fans will greatly nit-pick about the swapping of powers between the characters and a few confusing things added in. But if you want to enjoy the purity of a good edge-of-your seat, “holy crud, what the heck is that thing?!” type of book, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is for you.

Posted by Rhiannon

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