Friday, 21 May 2010

The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories by Tim Burton

GENRE: poetry/dark humour

This is collection of poems/stories in verse by Tim Burton.

I am a big fan of Tim Burton’s movies, so when I heard that he wrote a collection of poems, I bought it without a second thought.

If you’re a fan of Tim Burton, especially of his Gothic-fairy-tale movies like Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, The Corpse Bride and The Nightmare before Christmas (he only produced this one, but he wrote the story on which the movie is based), then you’re going to love the poems.

The poems are basically short stories in verse about misunderstood children who are outcasts for some very peculiar and even bizarre reasons. All of them struggle to find some love and acceptance in their lives, and the struggle is difficult. Each poem/story in verse is accompanied by Tim Burton’s simple, but very efficient illustrations, very much in the style of The Nightmare before Christmas. Although the poems are melancholy and macabre, they’re also surprisingly funny, delightfully ridiculous and have surprising, totally Burton-esque twists. The poems are a combination of humour and tragedy, and Burton’s name is written all over them.

I really love this collection of poems/stories in verse. It’s very unique, and totally in Burton’s recognizable and memorable style. If you are a fan of Burton, or of the playfully macabre, or even of Edgar Allan Poe, you are really going to enjoy these stories.

If you want to read excerpts from this collection, with illustrations, go HERE.


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