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Recently, I have read the adult fairytale Stardust by Neil Gaiman. It was a wonderfully written story and had all the things that make reading magical for me. First off, it deals with magic and folklore in an intelligent way that a lot of books coming out simply do not. Gaiman creates his own world of magic while still being true to the original ideas of folklore and magic. From his unicorn to his witches to the star made flesh in Yvaine, his world of Faeirie comes to life before our eyes as a fully functioning magical world.

The second point that I think is important is that he doesn’t try to make the story into anything other than the fairytale that it is. This point refreshes me because most authors today try to hard to make their work bigger and more robust that it is by making it wordy. Gaiman leaves us with simplicity and a tale that touches our hearts.

I also like the movie  made from the book. While it was different, I appreciate the changes but like the original ending more. I understand that as a movie it was trying to appeal to a mass crowd with the climactic fight scene at the end and the hollywood ending. For me, it makes the original ending of the book more poignant and meaningful because Gaiman did not want the “happy” ending that most fairytales have. To me, he wants to portray to the readers that in life, real or imaginary, you don’t always get the end of the story that you want. Sometimes stuff happens that put a chink in our literary armor.

Written by uncannynerdyguy

January 27, 2010 at 10:27 pm

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