Stardust by Neil Gaiman // Review

Stardust by Neil Gaiman


Author: Neil Gaiman. Other credits include: ‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane’, ‘Neverwhere’ and ‘The Graveyard Book’. A children to YA author who writes imaginative fantasy stories.

Rating: ***


I wanted to love this novel. It is short, it is by Neil Gaiman and it is the book to one of my favourite films of all time: Stardust (2007) but I just didn’t love it.

The story itself is only a hundred odd pages long, and could easily be read in an afternoon, but for me it dragged and not in a good way. There are a lot of intertwining stories from illegitimate children to first loves, fairy-lands and a star just being a few of many more! And since there are so many, and the book is so short, it was hard to feel anything for the characters besides a faint: ‘have we met?’ feeling.

The beauty of the story lies in Gaimans ability to create a world without seemingly any bother whatsoever. The land of fairie, or Stormhold, or the ‘world past the wall’, was  well-developed and totally bonkers. A place that I would like to visit myself! There are unicorns, witches, rumplestitlkin kind of characters, odd market places and magical glass flowers: what is not to love. But it is so odd and different that it is hard to follow sometimes. Any person who reads Gaiman’s work from The Graveyard Book to Neverwhere - has to have a vivid imagination or their mind will become claggy with ‘what the hells!’ before they reach the second chapter!
Movie poster

Stardust, in comparison to it’s movie, hold similarities and characters but not really plotline, so if you are anything like me and were expecting to see the movie and the actors that played the characters in your head whilst reading the book you will be disappointed. There are quite a few obvious bits that have been cut why I don’t know? and obvious bits that have been added like Ricky Gervais. What pothead put him into the equation? the book itself is not far from the film but the characters were different and the back-stories were so much more complicated that I really wanted to have the simplicity of the movie back. That was part of its charm and that was what I thought was missing in the book: charm.

Overall, it is a quick and easy read filled with great imaginative lines, plots and places but it was just too confusing and too full for me to enjoy as much as I wanted too.



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