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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Inkheart

Running Time: 116 minutes
Starring: Brendan Fraser

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Inkheart is a lovely story of a father, Mo, his daughter, Meg, and his wife, Resa. It takes place all over Europe, with fantastic and different venues. As the viewer enters the story, Mo has lost Resa and it all started out nine years ago....Mo, you see, is a Silvertongue, a reader who that can brings characters, novels, and history to life (as well as a book artisan that can repair the most damaged books). When Mo sits down to read Meg a story, the characters suddenly leap from the pages and into his life, but the consequence is that when characters come out, someone is pulled into the story. Resa is the person sucked into the novel for the characters who leave.

Young Mo and Meg

The story picks up these nine years later, Mo has been frantically searching all of Europe for the elusive copy of Inkheart. When he finally locates an unknown copy, Dustfinger, the legendary fire juggler, finds Mo, begging to be sent back into the story. But Mo has taken a vow, never to read aloud again, unless it's to bring Resa back. Dustfinger, desperate to return to his family seeks out the arch villain in the book, Capricorn, to help him. Capricorn, being the most dastardly of villains, agrees to help Dustfinger, only to stab him in the back after producing Mo and Meg. Capricorn's destruction of every known copy is complete, or so he thinks.

In the meantime, Resa has since been read out of the story, but without her voice. She is trapped in Capricorn's castle, unable to contact Mo. When Dustfinger discovers her true identity, he knows that this information will be enough to entice Mo to read aloud. Capricorn has kidnapped Meg as an end to his means, she has inherited her father's gift of Silvertongue, able to pull an even more sinister being from the book, The Shadow, the eater of all things.

As Meg is forced to read from the book or sacrifice her mother, she rewrites the story to cause The Shadow to turn back upon his creator, all the while turning Capricorn and his men to dust. She then returns everyone and thing back to where they belong, along with Toto from the Wizard of Oz.

Dustfinger, seeing the great lengths that Meg and Mo have to go to, knows he has missed his chance, and he will never see his wife and children again. But, Mo has promised to return him, so in exchange for one beautiful butterfly, Dustfinger is returned into the story, Inkheart.


Inkheart, Book 1 of the Trilogy



Author: Cornelia Funke
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Pages: 534

I originally read this book when it was published in 2003 (it was re-issued in June 2005). My daughter and I were captivated and entranced by the tale of a man who could pull characters from a page. Brendan Fraser was excellent as Mo, the Silvertongue, with just enough cheek to keep the story fun.


One of my favorite actors, Paul Bettany, plays Dustfinger, helping to tell the story. For a fun filled read and an alluring movie, try Inkheart. The movie deviants from the book, but with minimally distortion. Remember, there's always more to the book than the movie can allow. I highly recommend the book or the movie.

Dottie :)

14 comments:

Amy C said...

My niece read and loved this book! I think I might have to pick it up. The last time me and Devin went to the movies they showed previews for this. Dude, it look amazing! I'd love to see it at the theater :).

Vicki said...

The books sound great. Found you by way of Hawk's blog. :)

My Blog 2.0 said...

Hi Amy

The book was great, definitely worth picking up. The movie was worth the price of admission, that's for sure, and it rare for me to say that.

There are 3 books in there series, all available right now: Inkheart, Inkspell, and Inkdeath.

Dottie :)

My Blog 2.0 said...

Hi Vicki!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you come back!

Inkheart was a great book, I think it was originally written in German which is why the story takes place in Europe, the scenery was beautiful.

Dottie

Lea said...

Hi Dottie:

I've not read this book, however I saw the movie trailer when I was dragged off kicking and screaming (lol) to see "Twilight", at the show.

The movie too looks wonderful and I have to admit, I've always quite liked Brendan Fraser, I know that has nothing to do with the quality of the production.

I prefer to see movies before I read a book so perhaps I will do that and then pick up a copy of the story.

Thanks for sharing. :o)
L

My Blog 2.0 said...

Hi Lea!

I think I've seen everything he's ever been in, including so down right smelly movies, but as eye candy goes and talent, yum!

I tend to get disappointed if the movie doesn't live up to the book, but enough time has pasted that I enjoyed the movie immensely. The visuals were fantastic. Especially Dustfinger and his dragon breath--how he breathes fire. I was captivated.

Hey, I liked some of the Twilight movie, well, it did seemed to drag occasionally. My daughter loved it, buying on March 21st when it comes out, she can hardly wait--teens, what can I say?

Barbara said...

I LOVE Brendan Frasier!! His movies are usually great. I'm a huge fan of The Mummy!!

This looks good, like something my daughter might enjoy as well!!

Amy C said...

Sooo, I was going to take Devin to see this this afternoon. I got on the fandango website to check times and it wasn't listed :(. I didn't know the movie came out back in January and it's not playing here anymore! I really wanted to see it too. We saw the previews when we went to see a movie on New Years and it looked so good, but I'm so out of the loop with the TV I didn't know it had already been out :(. I'll have to wait till it goes to DVD.

My Blog 2.0 said...

Hi Barbara!

I love Brendan Fraser as well, like I said, I even went to see Monkeybone, what a stinker, but he sure was buff! Eye candy for sure, yummy (I have the Mummy movies and I make my daughter watch them with once in while).

Dottie

My Blog 2.0 said...

Sorry Amy :(

I should have mentioned that we live about a hour away from a college town, they replay first run movies a second time there, but still about at full price tickets. It's a greater book to read together, go pick it up, Devin will be fascinated.

It's supposed to be out on DVD 4-17-09, I just couldn't wait when the opportunity to watch it came around again.

Dottie

Amy C said...

You're right, this gives me the opportunity to read the book now before I watch the movie! I think I'll go look for it today :).

My Blog 2.0 said...

Hi Amy!

It's a really good read. It goes a lot further into the story than the movie does! I believe in the copy we have that they're are even some drawings to help tell the story. (If
your niece has a copy, you could always borrow her's.)

Dottie

~Sia McKye~ said...

Sounds like an interesting Trilogy. I'll have to check it out.

I'm glad I stopped by Dottie! Wow, where have I been that I didn't even know a new Star Trek movie was coming out? oooo, I gotta see that one.

My Blog 2.0 said...

Hi Sia!

The Inkheart books are great! And I know, Star Trek--OMG--can't wait!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you come by again!

Dottie :)

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