Mrs Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs screamed the lists – the best seller , the popular and special recommendation for me . Wow ! My brand new Kindle was going out of its way to promote it.Unusual and a catchy name, a fitting book indeed to launch my e-book reader and it helped that there was a free sample available too .
Yippee ! Free sample then .
I admit the free sample was nice but did not leave me with a feverish need to know what was in chapter two.Sorry Ransom! The premise was good , the reviews were good ( Kindle reviews are almost like blog posts littered with spoilers and some very strong opinions ) and I was instead inspired to go on a hunt for free books.That was the end or so I thought.
I had no idea that a movie was in the offing or atleast this soon and was surprised to see a trailer among the upcoming films on the You Tube.Anyway the book sample was still fresh so I thought why not give it a go. Minutes later, I could not shake off the images it conjured of children with extraordinary abilities (think Heroes or X-Men in the countryside ) , hence the adjective peculiar,battling dastardly villains. Wow ! Now that’s what trailers do .Intrigue you ! Make you crave for more ! I admit I ended seeing it more times than one and Tim Burton seems to have done a fabulous job . Well fabulous enough to make me go back and read the book . As for the trailer,seeing is believing so what are you waiting for … Watch !
Now for the book , I am stuck since it is Book One of a trilogy ( seriously ,why have the writers stopped writing stand-alone books ). Also now that I know the story , I understand the trailer better and as usual I see characters tampered with but I am optimistic that it will turn out fine.The author has given his blessings on his website so I will not quibble .
Plus the haunting soundtrack used in the film makes it all better (New world by Disa is playing on a loop inside my head ). A fantastic way to discover new music. What do you say?