by Cornelia Funke
June 1st 2005 (first published 2003) by Scholastic Paperbacks
0439709105 (isbn13: 9780439709101)
rating: 3 of 5 stars
The premise of Inkheart is that a Meggie, a precocious preteen, discovers that her father Mortimer (Mo) has the ability to call into reality the characters he reads aloud from books. And, unfortunately, he allowed a pretty nasty chap to escape, a nasty chap who will stop at nothing to force Mo to read other nasty characters into the world. When Mo is kidnapped, Meggie and her great-aunt Elinor set out along the Italian countryside to find him.
The truth is, I wasn't super keen on Inkheart. The plot is decent but predictable. It was well written but not Rowling-well-written. And unlike, for example, Harry Potter, which read better than it translated to screen, I think Inkheart, for all its book-loving characters and plot, was written to be seen.
Let's be honest. I bought this book because it was on a display for the just-released movie of the same title starring Brendan Fraser.
Like I don't spend enough on books already without publishers using him to lure me into buying more.
After I read the book, I went in search of information about the movie. Its website is gorgeous. The cast is outstanding: Paul Bettany, Helen Mirren, Jim Broadbent (is there anything that man can't do?). My secret confession is that I think Andy Sirkis as Capricorn looks particularly fab.
I know, I'm digressing. I think the point is that the book itself was not enough to make me care about reading the next in the Inkworld series. But throw in Brendan Frasier, and I just might buy the rest of the trilogy.