Friday, 21 October 2016

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

I am honestly SO excited for this post purely for trivial reasons such as the fact that I haven't done a book review in a few months and the fact that I have truly committed to the series. Anyhow, I finished reading this book in the first week of October and really fell in love with the story line and the children and decided to share my thoughts with you lovely lot!


In  a nutshell, this book is the story of 16 year olJacob Portman and the event that changed his life forever, cliché I know but give it a chance. The first few chapters of the book focus on the relationship between Jacob and his Grandpa Abe, who grew up in an orphanage for his entire childhood and fought in the war. Growing up, Jacobs's grandpa would tell him fantastic stories about a girl that could fly, a boy who was invisible, 'the bird' who kept them safe from the monsters and wonderful Emma who could start a fire with her hands. Jacob adores his grandfather but realises as he grows up that these stories are nothing but that, 'stories'. 

When Jacob is merely fifteen, Grandpa Abe starts to obsess over these monsters which Jacob's dad quickly writes off as dementia. What a terrible mistake. When Jacob comes home early from work (to be honest, anything is better that stacking adult diapers), he finds his grandpa unconscious and bleeding terribly in the garden. Grandpa Portman dies in Jacob's arms, but not without spluttering a few words with his last breath. Here's a few for you to remember Alaska"'Find the bird. In the loop. On the other side of the old man's grave. September third, 1940.' I'll leave you with that thought and not include any spoilers. 



As anyone who has both seen the movie adaptation that hit the screens a few weeks ago will know, there are a huge amount of details that have either been changed or cut out completely in the process of constructing this film. 

For a start, Emma's peculiarity is switched with Olive's. I don't in any way think that this is a negative thing though and I mean, being able to fly is just as awesome as being able to make fire right? In the film, we first meet Emma as she introduces the home and peculiar children in wait..are those lead boots? Like I said, it's interesting to see Tim Burton's views on what the work of Ransom Riggs looks like to him and I understand why he thought it might be necessary. Also, I don't think that the music play list did much justice for this film. It just didn't seem to fit very well which was a shame because the music in the trailer is so pretty. I absolutely loved watching Eva Green as Miss Peregrine and all of the children were amazing.  Although some scenes were in my opinion, over animated and far fetched (don't even get me started on the Blackpool scene), I do truly recommend giving it a watch.

Until next time, health and happiness,
Marti xxx

14 comments:

  1. Really glad you're enjoying the series! I've finished the second one now, just the last one and then Tales of the Peculiar to go ): xx I felt the film was very similar to what they did with A Series of Unfortunate Events - changed things, crammed several parts of the books into one, and although it was visually interesting and there were great parts to it, it could have worked a lot better with more time and more practical effects. You get to know the characters a lot more in depth in Hollow City. x I loved Eva Green as Miss Peregrine too!

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    1. Glad you're enjoying them too Jay- looking forward to Hollow City next! xx

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  2. OH AND THE SOUNDTRACK! Tim Burton films often have haunting, orchestral soundtracks but this one really lacked on that front. Especially the modern technotrash in the Blackpool sequence. xx

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  3. interesting to read your comments on the book...loved the film

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  4. It's such a brilliant book and i was a little confused by the changes in the movie however it was still absolutely brilliant and I really enjoyed watching it :)

    lots of love, Marianne xxx

    lots of love, Marianne xxx

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    1. I'm glad that we have similar opinions on it xxx

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  6. The book looks stunning and sounds immensely interesting. :D I was excited for the film cos - Tim Burton, are any extra words needed. The thought of reading the book hadn't even passed my mind but now I'll definitely go get it. Thank you for this wonderful review!

    -Tea xx (moonshinefaerie.blogspot.com)

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  7. Definitely want to give this a read xxx

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    1. I'd really recommend reading it before watching the film xx

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