Labyrinth Nook

A blog dedicated to the Jim Henson film, Labyrinth - featuring hundreds of rare images, from stills to posters, from video game covers to pin badges! If you want to find anything Labyrinth-related, make Labyrinth Nook your first stop!

Rocks … fwends …

One of the greatest Labyrinth secrets is that Jim Henson originally planned for Ludo to be played by David Bowie.

susanitaslittlegallery:

"GOBLIN KING OF THE LABYRINTH" by the Canadian artist BENSON SHUM, animator at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Included in the #davidbowie tribute art show at #Susanitaslittlegallery
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gurularry:

At long last, it’s finally here!!!   Labyrinth Movie Mistakes!!!

I would like to turn this into a regular show,  so if you would like to see more,  please share and like the video for me,  you’d be doing me a massive favour!!! :)

This is fantastic, and most of these were things I personally hadn’t noticed before - particularly the miraculously sprouting flowers!

lectorconstante:

Sarah: Once upon a time, there was a beautiful young girl whose stepmother always made her stay home with the baby. And the baby was a spoiled child, and wanted everything to himself, and the young girl was practically a slave. But what no one knew is that the king of the goblins had fallen in love with the the girl, and he had given her certain powers. So one night, when the baby had be particularly cruel to her, she called on the goblins for help!

Goblin: Listen!

Sarah: “Say your right words,” the goblins said, “and we’ll take the baby to the castle, and you will be free!” But the girl knew, that the Goblin King would keep the baby in his castle for ever and ever and ever, and turn it into a goblin! And so the girl suffered in silence. Until one day, when she was tired from a day of housework, and she was hurt by the harsh words of her stepmother, and she could no longer stand it…

(lo pinta Andy Fairhurst)

This is a wonderful piece - most imaginative!

Well, you voiced your opinions and it was clear that the fanfic round-up came out on top! I’ll aim to keep this series reasonably frequent (at least once a month) and would love to hear your thoughts on how it could be developed and made richer. If there are any stories you would like to recommend, drop me a message and I’d be happy to consider them.

A quick note on the purpose of this series: With these series, I aim to shine a light on some of the most intriguing, memorable and promising stories in the fandom. It won’t just stick to recommending the old favourites, and will instead link to stories you may not have heard of before and new titles by promising authors. While my picks will, of course, be influenced by my own tastes and preferences (warning: I don’t tend to read straightforward fluff) I will try to keep things balanced by considering stories put forward by readers.

The New Fic on the Block

Bound in Red Leather by MsRight

This story was only published at the start of July, but already has seven pacy and intense chapters. If you’ve read The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer (yes, the Laura Palmer of Twin Peaks fame), you’ll find this story strongly reminiscent of it; it’s a follow-up to the movie told through Sarah’s diary, and I was very impressed by the subtle changes in the narrative voice as Sarah grows and begins to realise that she is a prisoner to her nightmares. This story starts off with a killer hook (I’m almost being literal with that) and when you start reading you’ll probably find it difficult to stop. Be warned for content, as this is a very dark story with scenes of an adult nature.

The Golden Oldie

Cradle by Ellie101

This recommendation is timely, mainly because this story is finally being updated again after years (and I do mean years) of inactivity. Personally speaking, this was one of the first stories I read when I was new to the fandom and it has always remained a favourite. It portrays an unusually mature and strong Sarah; she’s a convincing adult, yet she’s also a convincing champion of the Labyrinth. The story hinges on Sarah’s bond with her child, Jessie, and is surrounded by an air of impending tragedy as the characters engineer their victories and their falls. The writing here is taut and affecting, and the characterisations are unusually nuanced and well-rounded.

The Hidden Gem

Return to the Labyrinth: Dreamcatcher by Gaeliceyes

I adore fairy-tales, and this story combines the characters of Labyrinth with one of the strangest and most powerful of all tales: that of a princess who flees her father using a magical coat made from animal furs. In this story Sarah returns to the Labyrinth after ten years, and while she is always disguised her disguise doesn’t always stay the same. As Jareth becomes progressively more intrigued by the mysterious, beautiful stranger who attends his balls, Sarah starts to realise she’s risking more than she first thought upon her return. This compelling story is beautifully written and grand in scope, and everyone should check it out.

If you enjoy any of the stories I’ve recommended, do show your appreciation for them by leaving a review/comment.

I hope that gives you plenty of reading material to be getting on with! Let me know what you think, and feel free to suggest more categories and stories you want to consider!

So folks, I decided to do a little post to achieve two things:

1.) To remind y’all that we’re now about half-way through the latest LabyFic writing challenge. We’ve already had four fantastic stories submitted, and I can’t wait to see what else is in store this challenge! It seems that using an image for a prompt really gets the imagination going.
2.) I wanted to ask what regular series you would like to see next from this blog.

Right now, I have the following series in mind:

a.) A periodic series on the song lyrics of Labyrinth, interpreting them and exploring how they tie into - and occasionally even alter the meaning of - the film. This idea was proposed by a reader of the blog,
b.) A weekly or monthly (to be decided) series on Labyrinth fanfiction. I’d aim to make it a little different by focusing on promising new stories as well as old, tried and trusted favourites. There are some great new stories out there that just aren’t getting read, and I feel that it would be a good idea to shine a spotlight on them for a change. While the series would obviously be shaped by my personal fic preferences, I’d be happy to spotlight other people’s recommendations to mix things up.

Those two are the main ones and I’d like to hear your thoughts on which one sounds the most interesting/promising to you. I’d welcome your ideas and suggestions, as they could help to flesh these plans out more.

I can only do one of these series, so please don’t ask for both!

A companion post to my post with Sarah’s changing faces:

Top left: Brian Froud concept art, c. 1984
Top right: John Buscema panel for the Marvel comic book adaptation, 1986
Bottom left: Bruce McNally illustration for the storybook, 1986
Bottom right: Kouyu Shurei cover art for Return to Labyrinth vol. 1, 2007

queersirius:

Labyrinth Scenes 21/??

You’ve run so long
You’ve run so far
Your eyes can be so cruel
Just as I can be so cruel

"David had been beavering away, creating his own music, but it’s a pity this young man has not been given an LP all to himself."

Having read this, I have decided that I like David Quantick very much. He’s a proto-troll. The king of trolls. Master of the comedic conceit.

The Sarah we see in Labyrinth isn’t the only Sarah - by that, I mean to say she’s been depicted differently across various media.

Top left: Brian Froud concept art, c. 1983
Top right: John Buscema panel for the Marvel comic book adaptation, 1986
Bottom left: Bruce McNally illustration for the storybook, 1986
Bottom right: Kouyu Shurei cover art for Return to Labyrinth vol. 4, 2010