So, I am a huge Neil Gaiman fan. Huge, huge. Also a big Dave Mckean fan. Yesterday, I discover they are making a movie out of Coraline, one of the children's books they did together. It is so wonderful, please, please just begin to think about reading it if you have not. Your little ones will love it, and you will too! Neil Gaiman has really picked up where Roald Dahl left off, as far as darkish and funny and imaginative children's books go (and he also penned The Sandman, which is probably the most critically acclaimed and...maybe best.. comic series of all time). He also wrote The Wolves in the Walls, which is a bit more of a picture book (Coraline's a chapter book) and I absolutely adore that one. Especially the illustrations.
I am just pleased as punch...not only is there another (or maybe several more!) Neil movie on the horizon ( Mirrormask came out recently on video!), but Henry Selick is directing it! The same wonderful man that made The Nightmare Before Christmas come to life! Hooray, hooray. I'm just so happy. Even if Dakota Fanning is voicing Coraline. All I'm left to wonder is why all of the Neil-whimsical-dark-lovely movies are suddenly getting the green light? Do you think it's because of the huge success of the Lemony Snicket film? Or the even huge-er success of H. Potter? Hmmm... I'm not complaining, no way, just curious.
We went to a midnight preview of X Men III last night, and it was...a mixed bag. Overall good, I would say, but my feelings about it kept changing as it went on. Before it began, though, there was the most god-awful string of previews. I meant horrible. It made me so sad, as things like that usually do (confirming my worst fears) but then I just thought about Coraline. And Neil. And then I felt much, much better. See, Emily, things aren't so grim!
On a completely different topic, I recently bought some new sheets, and they are scratchy as all hell. Does anyone have any magical homespun remedy they know of that will comfy-ify them? I've just tried salt, which I think strangely might've worked a bit! If you have any ideas, though..send 'em. I'm packing. Or pretending to, anyway.