Published by Archaia on April 22nd 2014 (first published 1985)
Genres: Coming of Age, Fantasy, Magic, Novelization, Young Adult
What happens when you wish for something terrible ... and your wish comes true? Young Sarah is about to find out. Left at home to mind her baby brother, Toby, she finds herself trying to comfort a screaming infant as a wild storm rages about the house. In a fit of temper, she wishes that the goblins would come and take the child away. Unfortunately, they do.Amazon •
Sarah then plunges into a whirlwind adventure. If she cannot reach the center of the mysterious Labyrinth within thirteen hours, Jareth -- King of the Goblins -- will keep Toby forever. In the twists and turns of her dangerous journey to Jareth's castle, she meets an extraordinary variety of strange characters, some more friendly than others. But none of them will be able to help her unless she musters the courage to challenge Jareth -- no matter what the odds.
Finally back in print and for the first time in hardcover is the novelization of LABYRINTH written by A.C.H. Smith and personally overseen by Jim Henson. This is the first in a series of novels from the Jim Henson Archives. This beautiful hardcover features unpublished goblin illustrations by legendary illustrator and concept artist Brian Froud and an exclusive peek into Jim Henson’s creative process with 50 never-before-seen pages from his personal journal, detailing the initial conception of his ideas for LABYRINTH.
Mature-Content Rating: Language
“Everything. I have done everything you wanted…You asked that the child be taken. I took him. You cowered before me. I was frightening…I have reordered time…I have turned the world upside down…And I have done it all for you. I am exhausted from living up to your expectations.”
I usually don’t read novelizations of movies, but it’s The Labyrinth! With Jareth! I’m not going to go into detail about the story, plot, and characters as those are basically the same as the movie. What I am going to point out are the major differences that sets the book apart from the movie.
First we have the back story on Sarah’s mother. In the movie we see newspaper clippings and photos in Sarah’s room of “Linda Williams” and the mysterious Jeremy (also played by David Bowie). If you get a chance to look closer at the newspapers it’s apparent that they were in a relationship on and offstage, so Sarah’s mother is an actress- which is where Sarah gets her love of theatre.
The book goes into detail and explains the relationship in more detail, such as Sarah and Jeremy get along very well and Jeremy treats Sarah as an adult- taking her to highclass restaurants with her mother. But it also implies that Sarah’s mother left her family for Jeremy, so we can kind of see why Sarah is a bit bratty under the circumstances of being spoiled/hurt.
I really do wish they would have found some way to incorporate the songs into the book. No, I don’t want to be reading the lyrics off of the page or have the characters break out into song, but the music of The Labyrinth is so much a part of the movie that reading its novelization without having even pieces of the music lingering made some scenes fall really flat.
What fans will really want this book for is the early concept art by Brian Froud and Jim Henson’s personal journal pages! I always love watching the extras on DVDs and thumbing through movie-art books. Seeing the early stages of Henson’s ideas on The Labyrinth and Froud’s critters that didn’t make the movie makes the book worth purchasing on its own.
Overall, Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: The Novelization is a great addition to any fans’ collection.