This second half of Coraline is the part that always freaks me out the most.
Not only do we find out how evil and manipulative the Other Mother/Beldam is,
the world she creates is just creepy. That part that always gets me is the
scene in the empty flat with Coraline’s Other Father. No matter how many times
I read or listen to that section, it always gives me chills.
What I really love about Coraline is how tough she is, and how great of a
“role model” she is for young girl readers. She’s a very take charge character
and doesn’t let her fears get the best of her. She does what she thinks is
right. She’s very protective of the ghost children, her parents and the
sarcastic black cat. She’s also a bit diabolical when it comes to planning how
to get rid of the Beldam for good. Part of me wants to be Coraline.
I still love Coraline’s real Father a bit more than her real Mother, he
seems more genuine and loving; a lot of his lines crack me up as well. However,
whenever Miss Spink and Miss Forcible read tea leaves I can’t help but smile.
There’s just something about those ladies.
I love reading this book or listening to the audio on a dark, cold night. It
really gets you in the Halloween spirit.