a paranormal blog
Once upon a time, someone pens a story so strange, so unusual, so peculiar, that you can’t even describe it to others. When that story is happened upon, bizarre things happen. Things like, normally verbose authors not able to even write a word. Or, bloggers who normally read before reviewing, presenting the story without having even read the book. Or this…
I haven’t read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, but after watching that book trailer, I am going out to find it. The trailer caught me at once, an old photograph with the word “peculiar”, I was on it right away. And once I hit play, I kept watching, I had to see the entire thing. The lilting, haunting music, the similarities to movie of The Princess Bride, and of course the house.
(click HERE for my post on The Taker, and the gothic.
Apparently this is a YA book, here is Wikipedia’s take:
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is the debut novel by American author Ransom Riggs. The book tells the tale of a boy who follows clues that take him to an abandoned orphanage on a Welsh island. The story is told through a combination of narrative and vernacular photographs that the author found at swap meets.
This children’s book was originally intended to be a picture book featuring photographs Riggs had collected, but on the advice of an editor at Quirk Books, he used the photographs as a guide from which to put together a narrative. Riggs was a collector of photographs, but needed more for his novel. He met Leonard Lightfoot, a well-known collector at the Rose Bowl Flea Market and was introduced to other collectors. The result was a story about a boy who follows clues from his grandfather’s old photographs that lead him on an adventure that has him at an abandoned orphanage on a Welsh island.
Reviews are mixed, but end up with an overall four star rating. I skimmed them, and I believe the consensus was that the old photos and letters were hard to read on the Kindle and so lowered the quality of the reading experience. In other words, go out and find a good old fashioned book.
Have any of you read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children? I’m very excited to track this one down and I’ll let you know what I think when I do. The idea of finding the old pictures and writing a story is fascinating to me as an author. What experience have you had looking through old pictures or listening to grandparents tell stories? Could you make it into a bestseller?