Stardust [Book v. Movie]

Time to reprise this feature. I actually listened to the audio of this one so perhaps it doesn’t quite fit the Book v. Movie feature but it’s my blog and I can make the rules.

Book: Absolutely adored it. I figured I would like it because it’s Neil Gaiman and he is basically a genius but I did not expect to fall in love with it like I did. Stardust is a fairy tale for adults, full of witches, faeries, kings, love, and magic. Tristran Thorne, half-faerie, goes in search of a fallen star to bring back to the girl he wants to marry. When he reaches the star, he encounters an unexpected surprise and the journey back to his village is full of adventure, passion, and deceit. This was the fantasy novel I was hoping The Eye of the World would be (plus it’s significantly shorter). The writing was beautiful and the language flowed. I was absolutely enchanted.

Movie: I really enjoyed the movie as well. There were some changes, as there usually are, but I think they worked. I loved the addition of the Captain Shakespeare storyline. I thought the casting was great and I loved being back in the land of Faerie. The book was definitely better, but I’d certainly recommend the movie as well.

Book: 5/5
Movie: 4/5

6 thoughts on “Stardust [Book v. Movie]

  1. Iris August 5, 2010 / 7:55 am

    I watched the movie first, because I didn’t know that it was based on a book (I know, I know). I have the book on my TBR pile and I’m looking forward to reading it.


  2. Kristie August 5, 2010 / 2:48 pm

    Stardust is one of my favorite books–one of my top five for sure. I read it a few years before the movie came out, so I didn’t really pick up on many of the small differences. However, the fact that they changed Tristran to Tristan sort of bugged me (Why bother changing a name?) But I love the movie as well, despite the small differences I remember. I think it’s about time to reread Stardust 🙂 The movie is, I think, not quite as dark as the book, which seems not as dark as many other Gaiman books (at least the ones I’ve read).

    Glad you enjoyed it so much!


  3. Vishy August 8, 2010 / 11:55 am

    Lovely review, Michelle! I haven’t read the book, but have seen the movie many times 🙂 I adored the movie! Captain Shakespeare is not there in the book? That is very sad because I really loved his character in the movie.


  4. Dominique August 8, 2010 / 9:54 pm

    I have a borrowed copy of the book but I have been putting off reading it because I have seen the movie three times so I’m not heaps keen for more of the story yet. It’s been awhile now though, I should get around to reading it. I just love Neil Gaiman. 🙂


  5. Willa August 11, 2010 / 2:40 pm

    I couldn’t agree with you more. The movie is really good (especially enjoyed Claire Danes as the star) but the book is even better! The book is nothing short of amazing!


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