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Years later I saw the film "Paperhouse" and noticed the similarities, but the moving stones with eyes weren't in it (the bit that I found the scariest as a 7 year old) and some of the plot lines had been altered and so it wasn't the same, although still a tremendously good film. Anna and Marc defeat the monster and shortly afterward Anna recovers, although the doctor reveals that Marc's condition is deteriorating. Anna keeps mentioning her father, and how she wants to see him, but we also find out that in the past he’s been drunk, and there’s some implication that he’s been threatening.
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As she is convalescing, she finds a pencil and begins to draw a house, only to find that when she dreams that night, she is in the world of the drawing, and as she adds to the drawing in her waking life, these elements appear in her dreams.After three weeks of this torpor, and understandably desperate for distraction, Marianne pokes around in her late great-grandmother’s old mahogany workbox and finds a stumpy, knife-sharpened pencil with which she draws that staple of every 10-year-old’s artistic repertoire: a slightly wonky house, with a curl of smoke rising from the chimney. Slightly Foxed brings back forgotten voices through its Slightly Foxed and Plain Foxed Editions, a series of beautifully produced little pocket hardback reissues of classic memoirs, all of them absorbing and highly individual.
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At one point becoming understandably angry and frustrated with her ongoing illness, and jealous of sharing the attention of Miss Chesterfield with the real-life Mark, she viciously defaces her original drawing: blanking out Mark’s window with furious scribbles, and turning the rocks into terrifying sentinels with blinking eyes, “keeping him prisoner under constant surveillance. That led me inevitably to this movie, which I must have seen on TV when I was about seven while living in New Zealand and which has stuck in my mind for 30+ years since. Ill and bored with having to stay in bed, Marianne picks up a pencil and starts doodling – a house, a garden, a boy at the window.The release was unusual, as most children's film tie-in books at the time were released as mass-market paperbacks, while publisher Lutterworth Press had opted for a bound hardcover instead. The original novel was the basis of a six-episode British TV series for children in the early 1970s which was titled Escape Into Night. The realization that we all have power for evil must come some time, and could take far more disturbing forms than this.
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As the series continues Marianne discovers from her teacher just how sick Mark really is and so the children's relationship mellows somewhat. She is transported into her own picture, and as she explores further she soon realises she is not alone. The story has been adapted for the major feature film Paperhouse starring Charlotte Burke as Anna (Marianne), Elliot Spears and Ben Cross.More importantly, Marianne’s fantasy world brings her into contact with another disabled person – not a fantasy world in which she is “better” or well or more able to meet the expectations of non-disabled society.