Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Stardust by Neil Gaiman...


Title- Stardust.
Author- Neil Gaiman.
Publish date- 1999.
Publisher- Headline Review.


Review time...

(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.

20 comments:

  1. I watched the movie after reading the book and did enjoy it. So I would say give the movie another shot. Neil Gaiman is hit or miss with me. I couldn't stand American Gods but loved this one. I thought it was magical and was sucked into this amazing fantasy world. My mom kept recommended this book to me when I moved to a new town and was lonely with nothing to do. It really brightened things up for me!

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    1. That's a really nice story, Angela, and I'm so glad it made things a bit easier for you!
      I still didn't like the movie wholly, but I liked it so much more than I had previously, though the book is still the clear favourite, by miles- I just love the... well, the fantasy and magic and beauty and force of it all. It's quite fantastic.

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  2. I so totally want to read this! I only saw half of the movie, I think it was quite....meh. (Although that was YEARS ago and I'm tempted to try watching it again.) I want to read it because: Neil Gaiman. ;) I love Coraline and Good Omens, so this is definitely higher on my wish-list than before...althoooough my library doesn't have it. DANG. Christmas is coming, though, right?! ;)) Awesome review! You sold me! XD

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    1. Coraline, The Graveyard Book and Stardust are the three I've sucessfully finished, though I tried two of his graphic novels and Neverwhere and couldn't get into them, but these three I adore. I definitely recommend reading it before watching the film!
      I'm very happy my review made you keener to read it, Cait! Hope you love it as much as I did! x

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  3. I seriously need to read a Gaiman novel. I haven't read a single one of his and I am thoroughly ashamed. With that said, I will start with this one. Your enthusiasm is clearly contagious, and I want some of it!

    Faye at The Social Potato

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    1. I'm really, really glad that I've made you want to read it so much! That my enthusiasm is contagious makes me very happy, too, since that's what I want in my reviews! I hope you adore it, Faye! xx

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  4. I can't remember if I watched the movie or read the book first but I didn't care for either. The Graveyard Book is one of my favourite books, so I thought I'd love this, especially because Sarah thinks Neil Gaiman is the bees knees but I did not care for it at all.

    Glad you had a positive experience and that it changed your thoughts on the movie a bit too.

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    1. The Graveyard Book is one of my favourites, though I've only read three of his novels so far (I just read TGB graphic novel vol. 1, which I see you got from the library- really enjoyed it!). I'm sorry that you didn't like this, though!

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  5. I watched the movie for this ages ago, and to be honest, I can't even remember whether I liked it or not haha. I did like the book though! Although book amnesia has kicked in, and I'm struggling to remember what happened in it lol

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    1. That means it's time for a re-read sometime soon, I'd say, Nara! I really love this and I'm pretty sure I wanted to read it all over again as soon as I'd closed it, though that wasn't really a good idea with my review piles at the time (and all times, because I am quite a slow reader!). xx

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  6. I love Neil Gaiman, and haven't read this one yet which is a shame! I did see the movie but I don't remember too much of what I thought of it. So I guess I didn't love it either. But I am glad the movie and the book are different enough so I hope I'll love the book like you! And like Angela says above, some of Neil's books don't really gel with me like American Gods, but when it does work for me, I just love it! Stardust seems like it will be that kind of book for me.

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    1. I think (and really hope!) you'll love this, Charlene! From the books you read/review, I think it'll probably suit you really well! I hope you'll let me know how it works out, which means you've got to read it really soon! (:
      I have that, too- I've tried 6 of his works, I think (two graphic novels) and three I've loved: This, Coraline, The Graveyard Book, and Neverwhere and the two gns I didn't get into at all. I obviously prefer his work that's directed more towards children, though!

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  7. I just finished reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane a few days ago and really liked it. So atm I’m trying to decide which one of his works to read next, and your review has been very helpful with that. Thank you!

    I think I’ll pick this one up after reading Neverwhere, which I already own. Considering that TOatEotL is sort of a modern myth for adults, the synopsis of Stardust sounds like something I’d also be interested in! :) Most people I’ve heard talking about this have said that they liked the movie way better than the book, which is why Stardust initially hasn’t really been on my radar. ^^

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    1. Oh, I tried to listen to the audio book of that, but when I wasn't into it by the end of the first disc (really struggling to connect with the story and characters) I decided not to continue. I think I've heard that is one that people seem to either love or not. I'm glad to hear this was helpful in your deciding which Gaiman to read next, and I hope you LOVE Stardust! x

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  8. I read the book and saw the movie. You're right! They are so different. I like the book better. :)

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    1. Thinking about how different they are has made me think of all these other book to movie adaptations that are different, most notably Howls Moving Castle, which I didn't love less than the book- it's so, so different, and I adore both film and book. That's my absolute favourite, I think, out of all adaptations, because both are so fantastic and unique.

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  9. Eep, this is exciting to hear! Because I've also seen the movie and I thought it was pretty cute, but not WOW amazing, so I'm quite pleased to read that you loved the book so much!! It's interesting that they are so different from each other. Definitely curious about the book now - will add it to my tbr!

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    1. I'm thrilled, thrilled, thrilled! to hear that, Aylee, and I hope you really find it to be a completely gorgeous, fantastical and very magical read, just like I did! I'd really like to find out what you thought, compared to the movie, once you've read it! xx

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  10. Stardust is one of my favorite Gaiman books! (and, imo, the film adaptation was pretty good too, though I have seen it after reading the book.. :)

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    1. How exciting to hear, Cayce! I've only read his MG work, apart from this, but I'd like to try another adult one that wasn't overwhelmingly dark... not sure what to go with, though. Any suggestions? x

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