Thursday, July 9, 2015

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

I'm a bit of a dunce when it comes to other genres besides mystery. Don't get me wrong I enjoy other genres; but I couldn't really tell you the stand out authors, the hidden gems, even the most popular series (besides the obvious). Of course I had no idea who Neil Gaiman was or even that he wrote the book that one of my many favorite movies was based on until recently.

A couple years ago (when I was working for Blockbuster before it closed) I came across the movie Stardust. It had some actors I recognized and because of my free movie rentals I pounced on it. Happily I found it was so much more than that. It was awesome!

Stardust is a funny, inventive fairy tale story. It was about love and the lengths we go to for the sake of it. The ending was lovely and the characters were smart and interesting. Not quite like any other story of that nature that I've seen. There are fairies, unicorns, witches, fallen stars, royalty, pirates, clouds, and magic candles. It's really a page turner!

Fast forward to a couple weeks ago when I discovered there was a book. As soon as I got my hands on it I was in love. 

The book is an easy read but it is not void of greatness. It is lovely. I think I read it in about 3 hours. It's full of detail and the story unfolded almost the exact same way as the movie. There was a couple ways in which the movie was a total change from the book but honestly, it didn't bother me because I think I liked most of the choices that were made in the movie. For one, the ending was different in the book but it was not quite as happy as the ending in the movie.  Either way, it was wonderful. It'll make more sense if you've watched the movie and read the book. Both I highly recommend doing. 

Recommendation: This book is a must read. The movie features wonderful performances (especially from a pirate played by Robert DeNiro) Read the book and watch the movie. You won't regret either. 

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