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message 1: by s.penkevich (new)

s.penkevich I agree completely. Good book still, however, the movie had a bit more charm. And DeNiro. I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought, wait, no Shakespeare?!

message 2: by Kirstine (new)

Kirstine I am glad you agree! And yes, the movie had more charm - and I have no idea why they decided to include DeNiro and the character of Captain Shakespeare, seeing as he's not in the book at all, but I'm very glad they did! And the rest of the casting was just perfect as well. It's a bit sad, though, how both movie and book seem to go a bit unnoticed.

message 3: by Shannon (new)

Shannon 100 % agree...I'm wrote a review of the book to go up on my blog tomorrow and I basically said everything you did haha

David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party I completely agree! I usually like Neil Gaiman, but I just didn't enjoy this one as much as his other works. The movie was way better with Captain Shakespeare "they thought it was Shakes-Spear" and Michelle Pfeiffer's wickedly delightful villainess!

message 5: by Kirstine (new)

Kirstine Yes, the movie was a really marvelous thing, but the book was very good as well.

Captain Shakespeare was the best part of it all, though. Absolutely wonderful. Pfeiffer was perfect! No one plays a witch better than her.

message 6: by Ethan (new)

Ethan Schaeffer I too felt the same way. Decent book, but the movie additions were sorely lacking.

message 7: by Maria (new)

Maria Elmvang I read the book first, and I too thought the movie SO much better.

message 8: by Sheri (new)

Sheri I also had no idea the book existed, I am new to Neil Gaimon. I loved the movie though. Shouldn't have looked here first, there is no Captain Shakespeare? How sad

theindiebookworm I agree with your review, and like you, I didn't know the movie was based off a book

message 10: by Abi (new)

Abi I enjoy the movie more as well. In the book when in the end the witch decided to let Yvaine go because she had given her heart to Tristran without a fight like in the movie did, I was like "How could they get off the witch so easy!!" I was totally dumbfounded by that plot I've got to say.

message 11: by Brittany (new)

Brittany Pierce Took the words right out of my mouth

message 12: by Catie (new)

Catie Living de Hernandez I felt the same. When I finished I book I asked, "what? That's it? What about going to the stars together?" You said it perfectly and I couldn't add a thing to your review.

message 13: by Cherry (new)

Cherry Just thought that you might want to know that originally fairies were dark creatures. Most of the legends around them were about people being tricked or harmed by them.

message 14: by Catie (new)

Catie Living de Hernandez I think it's just that seeing the movie first I was more hoping for a happily ever after fairytale. The book was great, but I should have read it first. :)

message 15: by Gabzz (new)

Gabzz agreed, love the movie too :)

message 16: by Jo (new)

Jo True, I love the movie so I when I learned about the book I read it. The book is really really good but the ending - argh! just left me heartbroken. I preferred the movie's ending.

message 17: by Conner (new)

Conner This sums up my feelings as well; I watched the movie first, which is something I never do, and so was disappointed that the big scenes I remembered most were never in the book. I was still waiting for Shakespeare to show up in the book up until the final chapter but, alas, it was not to be :(

message 18: by Say (new)

Say I agree with you and Ines Ines- that ending (in the book) so anti-climactic

message 19: by Vicki (new)

Vicki Lanzo I really like the book but I completely agree! I didn't like Tristan as much in the book as in the movie, I was surprised by the attitude of his mother at the end, and the fact that Yvaine just kissed the witch on the cheek and walked away, and the witch let her go so easily just didn't make sense. The movie is much more fun and exciting especially with the addition of Capt. Shakespeare! Plus the unicorn parts really upset me! What've you got against unicorns Neil Gaiman???? Good book but better movie!

message 20: by Kirstine (new)

Kirstine Vicki wrote: "I really like the book but I completely agree! I didn't like Tristan as much in the book as in the movie, I was surprised by the attitude of his mother at the end, and the fact that Yvaine just kis..."

The unicorn thing was really surprising, yes! I think I read somewhere that he included that part, because he wanted to show that fairytales can be dark and don't always have a happy ending. But yes, the movie was more exciting, and they really captured the fairytale feel.

message 21: by Diego (new)

Diego I feel you, sister.

message 22: by Alex (new)

Alex I completely agree. I think A LOT of people saw the film before the book and didn't even know the book existed and I am exactly like you -- much much much preferred the film. I'm jumping on this band wagon as well. I was crushed when Claire Daine's monolog in the wagon to " the mouse" wasn't in the book. The movie is in my top 5 list. Sadly, the book is not, yet I still enjoyed it. Read the book first, then you can enjoy both to the fullest.

message 24: by Gian (new)

Gian Gerd sorry but i think the book is better than the movie!

message 25: by Ben (new)

Ben Washington I think this is one of the cases where the movie stands well on its own. I loved the book and loved the movie, but they are very dissimilar.

message 26: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Couldn't agree more!

message 27: by Taylor (new)

Taylor Guffey These were my thoughts exactly.

message 28: by Anna (new)

Anna I was going to write my own review, but yours said everything I could have! I completely agree with you.

message 29: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca I completely agree with this too. I love the movie and again had no idea it was originally a book. Once learning of the book's existence I immediately sought it out and had it read it in no time at all.
I did enjoy it and thought it was very well written and in lovely detail, but I felt that the story was a little too rushed as I felt I had come to the end of it very quickly. As said, having seen the film first (I always read a book before watching a film, unless I am unaware of the book first as in this instance) I am aware that i was waiting for things to happen in the book as they did in the film and have been a little disappointed when it didn't happen the way I was expecting.
Still, great book.

message 30: by Zoë (new)

Zoë I feel EXACTLY the same way!

message 31: by Paula (new)

Paula I feel the exact same!!! Stardust-the-movie was one of my childhood favorites—so original and exhilarating and just plain cool. The book, though, which I just recently read, I feel like is a faded, less intense version of that movie. Gave me a bit of that The Hobbit feel, of going on a friendly journey in a faraway land. Less romance, less danger (the three witches for instance are soo much creepier in the screen adaptation). In fact, I'm still undecided between a 3 or a 4 star rating for this one. Ah.

message 32: by Andrew (new)

Andrew I really loved the movie. It was one of those rare gems. It may have been corny like others said, but that was part of its charm I think. I especially like DeNiro protecting his reputation. it is hilarious because DeNiro never plays characters that aren't evil/mean/hard etc. so he and his character were "protecting their reputation"

message 33: by Mary (new)

Mary i totally agree!the movie was better. but nonetheless. it was crap.

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