The Book vs the Movie: Stardust

The BOOK vs the MOVIE

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Book written by Neil Gaiman, 2006

Movie directed by Matthew Vaughn, 2007

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Hopelessly crossed in love, a boy of half-fairy parentage leaves his mundane Victorian-English village on a quest for a fallen star in the magical realm. The star proves to be an attractive woman with a hot temper, who plunges with our hero into adventures featuring witches, the lion and the unicorn, plotting elf-lords, ships that sail the sky, magical transformations, curses whose effects rebound, binding conditions with hidden loopholes and all the rest.

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Which I Viewed First: The movie.

Which I Enjoyed Most: The movie.

Out of 5 stars, the Book Gets: 3 stars.

Out of 5 stars, the Movie Gets: 4.5 stars.

Things the Book Did Better: Beautiful writing and metaphors.

Things the Movie Did Better: Characters were easier to relate to, loved the addition of the captain’s scene, Michelle Pfeiffer.

Verdict?: The movie.

Why?: My main issue with the book was that I didn’t feel as connected to the characters as I did in the movie. In the book, they felt like they were being kept at a distance from me. I felt I knew the characters much better in the movie. While I am glad that the book was written because the writing really is beautiful and it’s a great story (and we wouldn’t have the movie without it), it didn’t capture my interest the way the movie did. Maybe it’s not fair because the movie has such a great cast and an awesome scene with the captain aka Robert DeNiro, but it is what it is.

Should the movie be re-made?: No. Please, no.

What do you think? Agree, disagree? Would love to hear your thoughts!



5 thoughts on “The Book vs the Movie: Stardust

  1. Just out of curiosity – which version of the book did you read? Because when I first read the book, it was version with illustrations by Charles Vess. It was a magical experience for me (but I also read the book before I saw the movie). I have noticed that later editions do not include the illustrations – I don’t know why, but I’ve often wondered how different the experience would have been for me if I had read the pictureless novel version of the story instead of the illustrated one.

    1. It was a paperback with just the title on it, similar to the way the movie title looks. It had no illustrations. I’m not sure if illustrations would have made the book better for me, but that’s an interesting point.

  2. I liked both too. I guess the film is trying to be more family friendly and relatable. As a big Neil Gaiman fan, I feel I have to defend the book here, but the film is fantastic. It’s fun and poignant and totally enjoyable. I love it. But I love the book too, because it’s darker and it does a great job of showing that other world beyond the wall. Ulitimately though, I think you’re right; the movie wins. Just one thing I’d change: Ricky Gervais. Damn that guy annoys me.

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