Author- Neil Gaiman.
Publish date- 1999.
Publisher- Headline Review.
(A Brief) Synopsis:
A fairytale for adults and others, taking you back in time and filling your every pore with belief and magic and desire to be a part of such a magnificent tale. There are falling stars who wear the bodies of people, evil deeds and a quest. It's basically all you could ask for in a fairytale, this book.
What I thought:
I wondered about how Stardust and I would go together- I believe it was only after I bought myself a copy that I realised it was linked (the basis for) the movie of the same title. I'd seen that movie, and I had not liked it at all.
So was it a mistake to buy a copy, even if I didn't realise the connection until it was done, even if the synopsis sounded as glorious as the cover looked?
I wasn't sure.
Turns out I wasn't wrong.
Similar to my experience with Ella Enchanted, the book and the film really don't compare and are so different from each other that you couldn't automatically love or loathe either just having seen/read one.
The book was magical, dark and gloriously fascinating; it held my attention, even if it took a chapter or so to do so, and it's full of beautiful, fairytaleesq passages, and already I could go through and rea it again, meet all the fierce, powerful and omnious characters agai, particularly Yvaine, whose appearances I just enjoyed so much.
And you know what? Reading the book made me want to go and watch the movie again! I didn't love it by any means, when I did, and the appearance of the witches is still a little gruesome for my tastes, not to mention their deeds, but I enjoyed it more than ever I imagined I would.
Rating: Big Explosion MIND BLOWN!
With all that was up against it, this managed to become a favourite of mine, and I call that a triumph.