Stardust – Neil Gaiman

MV5BMjkyMTE1OTYwNF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMDIxODYzMw@@._V1__SX1304_SY939_I first watched the 2007 film version of Stardust many years before I read Neil Gaiman’s 1999 novel. I loved the movie then and I still do even after reading the novel, which is incredibly different. This is one of the instances where I am not sure if I would have felt differently about the movie if I had first read the book. At lot of the storyline is gutted from the film, and what is a grand adventure in the novel feels like a quick journey in the film. The film does a great job at compensating for this, though, through the development of the characters’ personalities.

As with many movies based on novels, watching the movie version of Stardust after having read the book felt like watching an eclipsed version of the full story. It is fairly obvious that portions of the movie were altered from how they were originally written in the novel simply because it would have been difficult and time consuming to keep them the same. I imagine this is why, for example, Tristan’s father seems to be single in the film rather than married with another daughter the way he is in the novel. While Dunstan’s backstory is an interesting part of the novel, it really is not pertinent to the main storyline, and nothing is truly lost by this alteration. Still, so many alterations were made between the book and the movie that it is hard not to feel like the movie is incomplete overall.

First UK edition cover

First UK edition cover

While the plot itself feels a little lacking in comparison to the novel, the characters are far more rich and complex in the film. Whereas I would say the novel is plot driven, the film is absolutely character driven. Robert De Niro as the lovable Captain Shakespeare is my absolute favorite character in the film, which certainly is not the case in the novel since not much information is given about the novel’s Captain (who is named Captain Johannes Alberic). Michelle Pfeiffer as the witch queen and Ricky Gervais as Ferdy the Fence are two other characters who really made the film for me. Even though Ricky Gervais’ role was a small one, both actors brought so much humor and personality to their respective roles that they really helped to fill out the movie. These three characters along with the ghost brothers, make Stardust feel like a comedy at times, which really provided the sense of whimsy that I often notice reading Neil Gaiman’s novels. So, while the movie was indeed very different from the book, I still got the same overall feeling from watching it that I did from reading the book, which is why I have to say that I loved them both despite their differences.

 

Book Vs. Film Facts

  • In the novel, the main character’s name is Tristran, not Tristan. I was not quite sure how one would wrap their mouths around ‘Tritran,’ so I am not overly surprised by this change.

  • Tristan’s father, Dunstan, marries a girl from his village before Tristan is delivered to him and they have a daughter, named Louisa, who is only 6 months younger than Tristan.

  • Men from the village act as guards for the wall and it rotates regularly with two guards on duty at a time.

  • In the film, Dunstan runs past the wall guard and finds a market, but in the novel, the market is held every 9 years and is open to people from Dunstan’s side of the wall.

  • Primus is the only brother who dies in the film in the same manner that he does in the novel. In the novel, Secundus is already dead, Tertius is poisoned by his brother at an inn, and Septimus is killed by the witch queen in the form of a snake.

  • In the film, the lightening pirate ship is captained by Captain Shakespeare, but in the novel his name is Captain Johannes Alberic.

  • Tristan is away from his home for months in the novel rather than one week.

  • In the novel, Victoria marries the owner of the shop that Tristan had worked in. By marrying Mr. Monday, Victoria also becomes a Monday, causing there to be two Mondays in one week, which is how Tristan’s mother is freed from the witch.

  • The witches are not killed in the novel; rather, they give up their pursuit of Yvaine when they discover that she no longer possesses her heart – she has given it to Tristan.

  • Tristan does not live forever in the novel. Once he dies, Yvaine takes his place as ruler of Stormhold.

Rating (match to book) – 4

So many little and big details were changed in the film adaptation of the novel Stardust. I think the film did a commendable job at capturing the essence of the novel, though, so this was one instance where I had a hard time deciding which version of the story I preferred. I thought the plot was much more clever and complex in the novel version, but I enjoyed the characters in the film far more than I did in the novel. Overall, both are very entertaining even if it is for very different reasons.

Which was Better?

Tie

I’ve Seen the Movie – Should I Read the Book?

Yes! This is one instance where I think it is best to see the movie prior to reading the book. Watching the movie without having first read the book, you will not notice the gaps in the storyline and you will be better able to appreciate the beautiful character development. Then, when you read the novel, enjoy imagining the characters as having the same personalities as they did in the movie. I will warn you that the ending of the novel is drastically different than it is in the film, so do not be too surprised…

 

I’ve Read the Book – Should I See the Movie?

Yes! Although you should be prepared for several of the big details and almost all of the little details to be different, I think the movie is worth watching if you enjoyed the novel. The actors really breathe life into the characters and make for a new perspective on Tristran’s journey. The ending can also be more satisfying for those used to storylines that build in excitement since the ending of the novel is somewhat anti-climactic.

0 Comments

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Hermes Kelly - Hermes Kelly Here is the Michael Kors Signature Handbags & Tote online for sale. These are the classic style and 2014 …
  2. Oakley Batwolf Sunglasses - Oakley Batwolf Sunglasses Exchanges will ship out as soon as we receive the original order. For more on our shipping policy, …
  3. oakley sunglass outlet online - oakley sunglass outlet online Thank you for the auspicious writeup. It in fact was a amusement account it.
  4. spy mcgrath sunglasses - spy mcgrath sunglasses Stardust – Neil Gaiman | From Book to Script
  5. Air Jordan 6 Women - Air Jordan 6 Women Cheap wholesale Nike Shox R3 White/pink Women Shoes UK Online Sale
  6. wowgold - wowgold deliver wowgold to function or casual, as nicely.
  7. copie ray ban - copie ray ban Stardust – Neil Gaiman | From Book to Script
  8. wow gold - wow gold May possibly a a chocolate bar brownish bailey button wow gold simply after having these items per 30 days, …
  9. cheap wow gold - cheap wow gold Those cheap wow gold have you feeling similar to that of you might travelling on top of a …
  10. nike free pas cher - nike free pas cher I seriously liked reading your content. You choose several top notch factors I used to be merely …
  11. air jordan pas cher - air jordan pas cher Great article! I actually, also started workboxes the past week of faculty last year due to the …
  12. wow gold - wow gold wow gold pacte agile, lettre très soigné, produit en tenant très adorable qualité. Merci!
  13. cheap nike free - cheap nike free Vip's are searching for more than sexual actresses in in the present day. Equipped in recommendations in order …
  14. wow gold - wow gold vendeur avec wow gold vivement, dont du très bon dans entier, que du
  15. long sleeve ralph lauren polo - long sleeve ralph lauren polo Hello to every one, it's in fact a good for me to go to see this …
  16. Cartier Love Bracelet - Cartier Love Bracelet I got this particular as being a present for my personal sister, satisfied mother. She liked they!! I …
  17. Google - Google We came across a cool web page that you might love. Take a appear when you want.
  18. Venyl printing - Venyl printing [...]one of our visitors not long ago encouraged the following website[...]
  19. Nike roshe run - Nike roshe run I have bought this one brand name out of bracelet some occasions. Every one is very attractive, made …
  20. Camara Pinganillo - Camara Pinganillo [...]please visit the web sites we adhere to, including this one particular, because it represents our picks from the …
  21. Maryland Web Designers - Maryland Web Designers [...]just beneath, are quite a few totally not associated websites to ours, nonetheless, they are certainly really worth …
  22. что случилось прошлой ночью - что случилось прошлой ночью [...]Every when in a though we opt for blogs that we study. Listed beneath would be the …
  23. peninggi badan tiens - peninggi badan tiens [...]we prefer to honor a lot of other world-wide-web web pages around the internet, even when they aren’t …
  24. flexi Strom - flexi Strom [...]although sites we backlink to beneath are considerably not associated to ours, we feel they are truly worth a …
  25. Hermes click clac bracelets - Hermes click clac bracelets [...]we like to honor many other online web pages on the web, even though they aren’t linked …
  26. wholesale sterling silver jewellery - wholesale sterling silver jewellery [...]below you’ll find the link to some websites that we consider you should visit[...]
  27. waxing clapham - waxing clapham [...]here are some links to sites that we link to for the reason that we feel they may be …
  28. cleaning service - cleaning service [...]the time to study or take a look at the material or websites we've linked to below the[...]
  29. Wedding DJ Wrightsville Beach - Wedding DJ Wrightsville Beach [...]the time to study or check out the material or web-sites we've linked to below the[...]
  30. male strippers melbourne - male strippers melbourne [...]although internet sites we backlink to beneath are considerably not connected to ours, we really feel they are …
  31. CT photographer - CT photographer [...]one of our guests a short while ago advised the following website[...]
  32. michael kors bag sale - michael kors bag sale "Night pupil issued a howl waiting for a long time, than a horn loud and clear, to …
  33. HITRUST - HITRUST [...]Here are a few of the web sites we recommend for our visitors[...]
  34. ysl clutch bags replica uk - ysl clutch bags replica uk Hermes Birkin bags are probably one of the few items in the fashion industry that has …
  35. live weddings perth - live weddings perth [...]usually posts some really fascinating stuff like this. If you’re new to this site[...]
  36. Keywords - Keywords [...]Here are some of the sites we suggest for our visitors[...]
  37. michael kors outlet stores - michael kors outlet stores mulberry alexa handbag mulberry messenger bag mulberry satchel bags
  38. Legacy Premium Food Storage - Legacy Premium Food Storage [...]the time to study or stop by the content or sites we've linked to below the[...]
  39. free - free [...]the time to study or take a look at the content material or internet sites we've linked to beneath the[...]
  40. Flooring Contractor Los Angeles - Flooring Contractor Los Angeles [...]Here are several of the web pages we advise for our visitors[...]
  41. canabista news - canabista news [...]below you will discover the link to some web pages that we feel you ought to visit[...]
  42. michael kors leather bag - michael kors leather bag Or mulberry outlet do not need to understand, because they do not the same people of the …
  43. body art tattoo - body art tattoo [...]although websites we backlink to beneath are considerably not related to ours, we really feel they're essentially worth …
  44. michael kors mirror metallic tote - michael kors mirror metallic tote Where to Get Birkin Bags
  45. Pinganillos - Pinganillos [...]we prefer to honor quite a few other world wide web web sites on the internet, even though they aren’t …