When was the last time you read a book that demanded all of your attention from the moment you opened it to the second your eyes read the last page? That’s where I am right now, two hundred pages into a five hundred page young adult novel that won’t let me think of anything else. It’s a greedy sort of book, one that forces you to think of only it’s story and makes you abandon all the things you ‘should’ be doing in order to pay it more attention. This book was calling to me before I even opened it, when it was still just another red cover on my shelf. It made me, practically at gun (or sword) point, stop reading the book I had currently committed to and pick it up. Now I’m trapped, trapped in its enchanting story and loving every moment of it.
The book I’m referring to is Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart, the fantastical tale of a book loving father (Mo) and daughter (Meggie) and the adventures they get into. Mo has the amazing talent of being able to read characters and things out of books just by reading aloud. I am not going to say anything about the story because I would hate to spoil anything for all you future readers out there. All I will say is that if I did not have to go to work today I would undoubtedly be at home in bed reading Inkheart, in heaven.
One major reason I think I love this book so much, besides the story and overall premise (it was clearly written by a book lover, about book lovers, specifically for book lovers) is the character Dustfingers. I saw the movie of this book first, something I usually hate doing, but in this case it worked in my favor. The movie was good, but it left me knowing that the book must be better. I was right, it is, but the one thing that the movie did right was casting Dustfingers. He is played by Paul Bettany (from such films as A Knights Tale, A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code) and is perfect. That being said, I don’t know if I would recommend that everyone watch the movie first or read the book, it will have to be your call. All I can say is that I LOVE picturing Paul Bettany while I read, which makes me glad I did it in the order I did.