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Pan's Labyrinth The Labyrinth of the Faun Once upon a time when the woods were young they were home to creatureswho were full of magic and wonder Here She turned the open book to her visitor See? That’s a FairyWell If the girl thought so Ofelia’s visitor decided to play along My name is Ofelia she said trying her best to sound brave and not intimidated at all by the horns and those strange blue eyes Who are you?Me? The creature pointed at his withered chest Ha He waved his hand as if names were the least important thing in the world Some call me Pan But I’ve had so many names He took a few stiff steps Old names that only the wind and the trees can pronounce The Pale Man had risen from his chair He stepped out from behind the table his legs moving as stiffly as if they’d forgotten how to carry his skeletal body He kept his hands raised to his face his eyes in his palms searching for the thief who’d woken him and stolen from his table This not an ordinary fairytaleHappy Reading Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾 45 stars Read it in one sitting I didn't think I would like it that muchI'm one of the few who were disappointed by the movie but I still decided to try the book I didn't remember the movie at all so I can't compare but I heard the book follows the same plot with some additional details Why did I like the book so much in comparison of the movie? That's a mysteryThe illustrations were amazing I wish there would be than that actually the writing was poetic and the eerie atmosphere was perfect I loved the mix between magic and war but at some point it focused too much on the war for me and that's where it lost half a star A dark and beautiful story This was a turn up for the books a novel of the mesmerising and stunning 2006 film Pan's Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro that I adored written by the film director and Cornelia Funke with details and analysis of the film Reading this bought back the movie in much of its original glory haunting tragic painful the magical realism the darkest of fairy tales immersing me in all its vibrant intensity There is the young girl Ofelia living in the brutality and terrors of the fascist Franco's regime Ofelia desperately longs for and dreams of a world free of the everyday nightmares of her life finding herself in an alternative version of Alice a labyrinth which is so much darker in its myths and magic reflecting the realities of life a war torn nation and fascism This novel effortlessly captures so much of vitality of the film reinforcing just how imaginative and beautiful it is and the despair of this historical period in Spain with added information on the film Many thanks to Bloomsbury for an ARC You're getting older and you'll see that life isn't like your fairy tales The world is a cruel place And you'll learn that even if it hurtsThis was one odd and creepy storybut I liked it I can see why it's a cult classicRTC I have never wanted to see the film because I think it's the type of film that would unsettle me too much with its dark imagery and yet as soon as I heard it was to be adapted and expanded upon for a novel I knew I wanted to read it It's strange how I will read books that have darker themes but won't watch filmsI think it's because when I read I don't necessarily clearly visualise the events of the book in my mind's eye but instead I experience these events in a much abstract manner ANYWHOThe book I did really like it It was very much an ode to Grimm style fairytales and the darker side of some of my favourite films from the 80s Labyrinth Return to Oz Neverending Story At times it felt almost middle grade but then at times it was 100% adult and I liked that juxtaposition of the two It really calls to mind those same feelings I had as a child when I listened to ghost stories or got creeped out by monsters etc etc Seeing as it was fairytale esue the characters were all a bit on the stereotypical side but I don't think I would have liked them to be otherwise I particularly liked how the book split itself between the folklore style stories of how the underworld influenced ancient times and the historical fiction narrative of civil war ravaged Spain The book was also beautifully illustrated throughout which added to its charm I definitely enjoyed this but my rating is somewhere around the 35 mark as I have preferred other fairytale style adult books a lot John Connolly's The Book of Lost Things Dale Bailey's In the Night Wood For reviews and book related chat check out my blog Pan’s Labyrinth is one of my all time favorite movies so if you love it you’ll definitely like this book The descriptions were gorgeous and perfect My only complaint is I hate seeing movies first and reading a book second Also I seriously love Guillermo del Toro ❤️❤️ Fans of dark fairy tales like The Hazel Wood and The Cruel Prince will relish this atmospheric and absorbing book based on Guillermo del Toro’s critically acclaimed movieOscar winning writer director Guillermo del Toro and New York Times bestselling author Cornelia Funke have come together to transform del Toro’s hit movie Pan’s Labyrinth into an epic and dark fantasy novel for readers of all ages complete with haunting illustrations and enchanting short stories that flesh out the folklore of this fascinating worldThis spellbinding tale takes readers to a sinister magical and war torn world filled with richly drawn characters like trickster fauns murderous soldiers child eating monsters courageous rebels and a long lost princess hoping to be reunited with her familyA brilliant collaboration between masterful storytellers that’s not to be missed This was one of my most anticipated releases of the year and I was NOT DISAPPOINTED Cornelia Funke Guillermo del Toro did it again This is dark twisted whimsical and I'd recommend it for Halloween and definitely not for kids if they don't like scary stuffSo TGW Abuse war gore slaughter torture death and otherEventhough in the synopsis it says there are multiple stories which there are there are all connected and form one bigger story and also the main story is always in the main focus so you can't read this as a short story collectionI loved all the creatures in this book especially because in one point I wasn't sure if some of them are the good guys or bad guys which made me love the book even From all the characters I loved Mercedes most due to how courageous she is and her role in the bookPS I did not see the movie yet So I totally thought this was an MG story and hahahaha noI don't know about the rest of you but when I think Pan's Labyrinth I think insert creepy dude with eyes in the palms of his hands here I only saw the movie once a million years ago and I thought this was an extension of the story or just inspired by it But from what I understand because I sure don't remember enough to say for certain is that this is an expanded additionally layered version of the movie itselfWhich should tell you who should or should not be reading thisThis is classified as YA I think but it is uite dark if not considered outright horror but it's not just the fantastical elements that are dark It's the human elements too The brutalities done not only by bad men during times of war but bad men period who need no excuseThere is melancholy and bitterness and grief and loneliness and yet the enduring belief in magic in fairytales in hope too The story is both bleak and yet also whimsical captivatingly creative and cringey creepy and the illustrations were just gorgeousThis book consumed me and I loved every moment I received an ARC from the publisher thank you in exchange for an honest review This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities ‘Only books talked about all the things adults didn’t want you to ask about Life Death Good and Evil And what else truly mattered in life’Pan’s Labyrinth was originally a Spanish fantasyhorror film written and directed by Guillermo del Toro that I believe was released in 2006 To say that I enjoyed the film would be such an understatement because to tell the truth I absolutely adored it and still do In my opinion it is one of the best fantasy films there is and will always be special to meTherefore when I saw that Guillermo del Toro and Cornelia Funke author of Inkheart were collaborating and releasing a novelisation of Pan’s Labyrinth my excitement for this was through the roof I’m delighted to say I wasn’t disappointed either because this book was as enchanting surreal and as captivating as I hoped it would be I’d like to note that you do not need to have watched the film before reading this novel in fact I’d personally suggest reading this one first The story is set in a remote village in Spain in 1944 after Franco's ascension to power and his dictatorship A young girl called Ofelia is moving with her pregnant mother after the death of her father to live with her mother’s new husband Vidal who is a captain in Franco’s fascist army What follows from there is the journey of Ofelia as she discovers a mysterious Labyrinth in the woods near her new home Its a beautiful luring place but not without its dark side She meets and a ghastly yet seemingly kindly faun called Pan However the uests the faun sets her on are dangerous and filled with horror and Ofelia soon uestions whether she should trust Pan’s guidance This book isn’t just a fairytale esue adventure Far from it actually as the dark magical plot with Ofelia is set against the backdrop of a war torn Spain Vidal the Capitan is as disturbing and dangerous as the fantastical creatures Ofelia meets He is uick to temper cruel and has a rather sadistic side There are resistance fighters hiding in the woods that are intent on liberating the rationed food and medicines they need Vidal’s sole mission is to eradicate each one of them which he relishes in doing There are some uite violent scenes from him that realistically show his psychopathic nature He was one of those villains you could truly hate and wish for his comeuppance Pan’s Labyrinth is most definitely multi layered and shows a stark and poignant portrayal of the horrors of warfareI feel here that Del Toro and Funke both effectively illustrate to the reader that monsters come in all shapes and sizes There are outright nightmarish monsters such as The Pale Man who eats children then there are cruel monstrous humans like Capitan Vidal and there are also subtle manipulative beings like the Faun who are just as perilous I’m utterly awed by the amount of themes this beautiful short novel managed to pack in and it just showed how perfect the fantasy genre is to reflect on so much‘Evil seldom takes shape immediately It is often little than a whisper at first A glance A betrayal But then it grows and takes root still invisible unnoticed Only fairytales give evil a proper shape The big bad wolves the evil kings the demons and devils’The narrative also alternates between the past and the present which I thoroughly enjoyed Predominantly we follow Ofelia’s uest and another main character Mercedes as she tries to protect her brother a rebel resistance fighter Then there were also many chapters that were seemingly separate short fairytales These told stories of a princess who disappeared a witch and a curse a watchmaker and so on but these actually extremely cleverly intertwined with the main narrative It was really gratifying picking up clues and discovering how all these narratives connected The illustrations that accompanied the beginning of each of these tales were such a welcomed addition too as it truly enhanced the experience by seeing the visual representation of some scenesI honestly feel that Pan’s Labyrinth is a ‘modern’ classic tale that pays homage to the style of the Brothers Grimm Del Toro and Funke’s beautiful lyrical prose brings to life a story of loss hardship and ultimately of sacrifice This is one novel I hope many will fall in love with like I did A huge thank you to Bloomsbury publishers for sending me a proof copy of Pan’s Labyrinth This book is released on 2nd July 2019All uotes used in this review are taken from an uncorrected proof and are subject to change upon publication

  • Hardcover
  • 256 pages
  • Pan's Labyrinth The Labyrinth of the Faun
  • Guillermo del Toro
  • English
  • 05 March 2015
  • 9780062414465