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The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
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bookshelves: ya-mg, sci-fi-fantasy, the-movie-was-better
Read in January, 2007

This book is pure magic and imagination. If you liked the movie, the story of Atreyu only deepens and feels more real in the book. You get more of a feel and a sense of what "the Nothing" really is. You understand the true nature of what the author really means by a "neverending" story. This is no holds barred fantasy and it just plain rocks and uplifts. The first half of the book is what is tackled in the movie which, with few exceptions, remained remarkably faithful. My only gripe with the book version is during the big climax where Bastian has to call out the Empress's name. In the movie it comes down to one dramatic moment. In the book it is rather dragged out a bit for no apparent reason.

The second half of the book picks up where the movie ends, with Bastian making wishes and creating his own story in Fantasia (called "Fantastica" in the book). Here I felt the author took his pure fantasy license and ran a bit too far with it, neglecting to create a compelling story to go along with it. The movie was wise to stop where it did in my opinion.

Still, this is definitely worth the read if you like that pure childlike fantasy thing... and especially if you grew up loving the movie.
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