Into the world of books and words! Truly.
Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.
That being said… Spoilers ahead.
Inkheart by Cornellia Funke
Synopsis From The Book
One cruel night, Meggie’s father reads aloud from a book called INKHEART– and an evil ruler escapes the boundaries of fiction and lands in their living room. Suddenly, Meggie is smack in the middle of the kind of adventure she has only read about in books. Meggie must learn to harness the magic that has conjured this nightmare. For only she can change the course of the story that has changed her life forever.
Initial Thoughts Before Reading:
Things I have never done: read this series. Things I’m going to do: read this series (or at least the first two books, because what else is new). One of my childhood friends has told me to read this specific series for years, perhaps in the fact that there is a movie. I’ve never seen the movie, luckily for me.
Initial Thoughts After Reading:
I liked this book, less for what it was about and more for its admiration of books in general. If I had to pick a book to say, this is how I feel about books, Inkheart would be my choice. Is this my favorite book? No. Its also a children’s book, so what was I expecting? In a world where books come to life after reading them aloud, my heart was captivated.
Meggie is twelve living with her father Mo. Her father is a book binder and they live in a house filled with novels. One day a strange man, Dustfinger, appears, telling Mo that a man named Capricorn is on his way to find Mo. Mo packs up Meggie and their things to run away to a house owned by a woman named Elinor. Elinor has a massive house filled with nearly nothing but books. She is a rare book collector. Mo takes a very rare book to her to hide.
Capricorn’s men find them after Dustfinger backstabs Mo. Mo is taken along with a book, not the book. Elinor and Meggie are “helped” by Dustfinger to go save him, taking the real book with them. This book is Inkheart, a novel where Capricorn, his men, and Dustfinger came from. Meggie’s father, Mo, read them out of the book and into existence by accident. Inexchange Teresa, Meggie’s mother, was read into the book.
Meggie and her father escape after he reads out cold and another boy, Farid. Meggie and her father go to the author of the book for a copy of Inkheart in hopes to send the book characters back. Mo and Meggie are separated. Meggie is taken back to Capricorn where she discovers she has her father’s gift. Together Meggie and the author of Inkheart decide that they will rewrite the story and use her powers to stop Capricorn.
In the end they are able to do so, find Meggie’s mother and Dustfinger disappears into the night with their copy of Inkheart.
What I Liked:
I thought the characters were endearing, and true to age. I liked learning more from the other perspectives we were given.
The plot was easy to follow and adorable.
The love for books; best part hands down. I thought I would end up quoting the entire thing. Luckily I have not.
What I Would Have Liked or Changed:
Elinor’s library to have stayed in tact. There is a bit of me that died when her library was burned. A part of my soul leaves my body each time it happens in a book.
Time Taken To Read
“Some books should be tasted / some devoured, / but only a few / should be chewed and digested thoroughly.” – Metal plaque in the book
Mo could paint pictures in the empty air with his voice alone. – Description.
“Books are like flypaper — memories cling to the printed page better than anything else.” – Mo
“You’re the one who says books have to be heavy because the whole world’s inside them.” – Meggie to Mo.
“Writing stories is a kind of magic too.” – Mo