‘Peculiar Children’ Perplexes Readers *UPDATED*
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The release date for “Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children” has been moved forward from December 25, 2016 to September 30, 2016. Fans rejoice over the move, however a trailer has yet to surface.
A teaser was released last year, but all that is clear is that director Tim Burton will remain true to the gothic and haunting feel of the photographs used throughout the novel. You can view the teaser here.
Hopefully the move in release date will warrant a trailer soon, as fans anxiously anticipate seeing the actors in action.
Author Ransom Riggs shared on his Instagram profile: “Things are going to start happening, and fast!”
Ransom Riggs’ best selling trilogy, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” is currently in the process of being adapted into a movie. Set to premiere on December 25, 2016, Miss Peregrine’s Home stars Asa Butterfield as Jacob Portman, Eva Green as Miss Peregrine, and Samuel L. Jackson as Barron.
For those not familiar with the novels, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children follows the story of Jacob Portman and his adventures in discovering his connection to his grandfather’s strange past. After a series of devastating events, Jacob finds old photographs, which draw him to a mysterious Welsh island.
Using the old photos as a guide, Jacob travels to the island, where he eventually stumbles across an ‘abandoned’ orphanage. He later meets Miss Peregrine and her school of orphaned children, after discovering the nature of their unique situation.
Ransom Riggs’ use of real vernacular photos in his plot is pure genius. (Vernacular photos are snapshots of daily life, which are often used as a form of art. You can read more about vernacular photography here.) The photos help move the plot forward, and bring a new dimension to the characters. You don’t have to imagine a character’s style or mannerisms as much, because you have a real picture to go off of from the beginning.
The plot is intriguing and exciting, but not cliché. It’s a balance of historic and fantastic ideas that will leave you scrambling for the rest of the books in the series. The characters are memorable, relatable, and easy to root for.
The novel is also very clear in its examination of the human condition. Deep topics such as the sacrifices we make for the ones we love, family tragedy, losing everything, and finding yourself again, are beautifully portrayed and examined.
While including all of the heavy emotions that come from the deeper messages of the novel, Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children is still a light and fantastical, a very fun read for both teens and adults. The otherwise perplexing plot twists are told clearly and boldly, inserting the reader into this truly unique world. I would rate this novel an 8/10.