Released by Headline on 1998
At the dawn of the Victorian era, life moves at a leisurely pace in the tiny town of Wall. Young Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the beautiful Victoria Forester, but Victoria is as cold and distant as the star she and Tristran see fall from the sky one evening. For the prize of Victoria's hand, Tristran vows to retrieve the star for his beloved. It is an oath that sends the lovelorn swain over the town's ancient wall and into a world that is dangerous and strange beyond imagining.
Two years ago, I watched the movie Stardust with a friend and enjoyed it very much. After watching the movie, I told myself I wanted to read the book as well because I wanted the original story ánd I wanted to read more books by Neil Gaiman. I bought a copy of the book in a bookstore in Zwolle (one of the prettiest bookstores in the country) and started it not long after that.
This book tells the story of Tristran Thorn (whose name was changed into Tristan in the movie), who is determined to travel through the country of Faerie to bring back a fallen star to the girl he loves. He then has an adventure that completely changes Tristran as a person.
I honestly loved the movie so much, and so I really hoped the book would be just as good (or better of course, as the book is almost always better); but I have to admit that I honestly thought the movie was still a bit better. Partly because I just really loved the cast (Charlie Cox is such a cutie!) and the movie was directed by Matthew Vaughn, who is just amazing (he also did X-Men First Class, Kingsman, and Kick-Ass)
The book was a bit more of an adult fairy-tale, which meant there was more blood, gore and sex in it. I personally didn’t really mind that so much (there was a rather detailed sex scene, but other than that it was right up my alley). I loved that we got more details about the world of Faerie in the book, although I would have loved to have a map at the beginning of the book.
Neil Gaiman’s writing was incredible, and this book really made me want to pick up more of his books (I am currently reading The Graveyard Book, so I’m keeping my promise). I loved the characters, and I loved finding out more than what we were shown in the movie, but like I said, I do prefer the movie a bit more than the book. If you’ve seen the movie Stardust, and you really loved it, I suggest you pick up the book as well!
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