Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: The Novelisation by A.C.H Smith

One of the greatest films in book form – the perfect keepsake for Labyrinth fans!

Jim Henson’s Labyrinth by A.C.H Smith
Out Now
272 Pages

Nobody saw the owl, white in the moonlight, black against the stars, nobody heard him as he glided over on silent wings of velvet.

Description
The official novelization of Jim Henson’s cult classic film along with a behind-the-scenes look at the film’s conception from the Jim Henson Archives.

Sarah has thirteen hours to save her brother from a land where everything seems possible and nothing is what it seems. 

Experience the beloved fantasy classic Labyrinth adapted by A.C.H. Smith and personally overseen by Jim Henson. Featuring twenty previously unpublished illustrations by legendary illustrator and concept artist Brian Froud and an exclusive peek into Jim Henson’s creative process with fifty never-before-seen pages from his personal journal, detailing the initial conception of his ideas for Labyrinth.

Review

Labyrinth is one of my favourite films ever so I was very excited to discover there was a book for it and couldn’t wait to read it.

I’ve decided not to give the book a rating as I wouldn’t say it’s a book to pick up if you’ve never seen the film…this is more for fans of the film and a gorgeous keepsake. Not only does it retell the story of the Labyrinth but it also features some gorgeous illustrations at the back and sneak peaks at Jim Henson’s journal and his sketches / thoughts on the process of putting Labyrinth together.

For those who have seen the film, the book is an exact copy of that, with much of the dialogue the same. There were a few extra bits that weren’t included in the film which I find helped understand certain characters better. Sir Didymus had lots of diaogue in the book which I don’t remember from the film and I especially liked the description of the Bog of Eternal Stench. I’ve never quite understood from the film just how bad the smell is until I read this line from the book which perfectly described it, “If you call to mind the three worst stinks that have ever molested you, sensitive-nostriled reader, imagine them raised to the power of seven, then intensively distilled into a small but curiously powerful pump held an inch away from your face and driven by a fan, you ought not to have reached the end of this sentence for the tears in your eyes, such is the iniquity of that odor.”

Whilst the book is the perfect fan keepsake, to me the music is what makes the film and obviously you are unable to do this in a book. However I was still able to sing it to myself at the parts when I knew they appeared.

Overall for those die-hard fans of Labyrinth then this is the book for you – I’m very glad to have a copy for my collection, however if you’re new to Labyrinth I wouldn’t recommend reading the book first. It’s a short book and one I think would only be loved by those who have watched the film.

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