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Maleficent Hardcover – April 29, 2014
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About the Author
Elizabeth Rudnick has written over thirty books, including the original novel Tweet Heart as well as tie-ins such as Frankenweenie Junior Novel, Oz: The Great and Powerful and the best-selling junior novel based on Pirates of the Caribbean 2. In her previous role as a Disney Editor she worked on the New York Times best-selling memoir, Miles to Go, helped launch the popular Blue Bloods series, and edited dozens of books based on films such as Enchanted, Pirates of the Caribbean, National Treasure, and Tron. She is now a freelance editor and writer living on Cape Cod with her husband and two lovable mutts, Jack and Ginger.
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Top Customer Reviews
Maleficent is a fast paced read based more closely on the live action film Maleficent and being more heavily focus on Maleficent. It goes into more depth on the character of Maleficent and goes into more detail on her interactions with those around her (particularly with her raven) more so than The Curse of Maleficent.
All in all it is a great read!
When I read this book and saw the movie I felt very satisfied with the development of the back story, and I recommend this little book to any girl growing up, and any parent to use it at a teaching moment. The book expands more of the parents of Maleficent which was not shown in the movie, and of motives. I enjoyed it.
It is a quick read, but one worth going back to for any young person. The design and lay out of the book is well done. I recommend it as an anecdote for the "fluff bunny" fairy tales.
I discussed the book with someone who had watched the movie and they were a little disappointed that some things I mentioned in the book didn't make it to the big screen. As with most book to movie adaptations, some critical information may not be included.
The book definitely allows you to learn more about characters which helps you understand Maleficent's thinking and actions.
I definitely recommend this book.
The movie itself picks up at chapter 3, which allows for additional backstory for those that choose to pick up the novel. Of course, any time a book is available, readers are often treated with extras not seen in the movies. I definitely feel like it could be fleshed out more, or given an adult adaptation, but I recommend this read for anyone who has seen the film, and is looking for that bit extra.
I will not give away the critical parts, only to say the images and visions that the words chosen in this novel were spot on with how I envisioned Maleficent's world. She is humanized, given a purpose and eventually loses her heart.