#80 — Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Rating: 3/5
  • A novel inspired by creepy looking vintage photos is a cool idea, but at what point does a good idea enhance or hinder the storytelling? At times, I felt that the book was made to fit the pictures — it didn’t seem purposeful. Rather, it felt like a writing exercise a teacher makes you do in a middle school English class; your job as a student is to make it as interesting as possible within strict parameters, which in this case are the photos. In other words, had Riggs found other pictures, would the novel have been completely different?
  • But then again… does any of the above matter? Would I even consider this if I was told that the photos were lifelike illustrations that were commissioned expressly for this book? What if there were no visuals at all — is the story strong enough on its own? Probably, but the total effect would be diminished greatly, no?
  • Somewhat reminiscent of Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time, although not at all similar in tone
  • The book didn’t translate well on the Kindle — it is probably best enjoyed on the ipad Kindle app or in hard copy for largest impact