It’s just a little Stardust

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

stardustI finally got around to reading Stardust!  I’ve been saying that I wanted to read this book since I saw the movie back in 2007 and I finally did.  I was partly putting it off because I was worried that reading the book would ruin the movie for me, which would suck since I love the movie.  But as luck would have it, I can say that this is one of the few moments when I enjoyed the book and movie equally.  And that’s not because they were the same.  In fact, there are some major differences between the two, including completely different endings.  The book is a little bit darker, a lot less “Hollywood,” and generally more detailed as is usually the case with a book-to-movie comparison.

Stardust_gaiman_vess_largeIf you haven’t seen the movie or read the book, let me give you a quick run through of the basic plot lines.  There is a star that has fallen from the sky to earth, but seeing as it falls into a land of magic, the star is actually a she named Yvaine.  So there are three different quests for this star.  Tristan seeks the star as a gift to prove his love to Victoria.  The Lords of Stronghold seek her because the enchanted necklace that knocked her out of the sky will grant one of them the power to rule their kingdom.  And last but not least, a group of witches want to cut out her heart and eat it in order to bring back their youth.  These basic things don’t change between book and movie.

neilgaimanNeil Gaiman brings the three quests together in a story of magic that reminds us that love isn’t something that you buy or earn by bringing back an extravagant gift, but something that can find you where you weren’t expecting it. *Spoilers* In the movie this love conquers everything, even death.  The book strays from the fairy tale tradition of happily ever after and has a pang of sadness in its ending.  For me this made the story seem more realistic.  As much as I love a fairy tale ending, I find them harder to believe. Still, even with the sadder ending, it is worth reading for the adventures that lead Tristan to his true love.

photo-33Keep Learning Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

I’ve lent my copy of the book out already.

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  1. Oh I love this book and the movie.

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