Rating - ⭐⭐⭐
"Young Tristran Thorn will do anything to win the cold heart of beautiful Victoria—even fetch her the star they watch fall from the night sky. But to do so, he must enter the unexplored lands on the other side of the ancient wall that gives their tiny village its name. Beyond that old stone wall, Tristran learns, lies Faerie—where nothing not even a fallen star, is what he imagined."
Stardust is a standalone fantasy novel by Neil Gaiman.
This was one of the books on my list of books to read in 2022, and it was one I was hesitant to read. That is because I adore the movie. I watched it years and years ago for the first time and loved it, so I knew that reading the book probably wasn't going to be a good idea because it wouldn't be able to measure up to the movie. And... it didn't.
I wouldn't say this wasn't good by any means, and I can see why many people liked this story, but I couldn't not compare it to the movie. It just didn't have the same spark, and I found that a lot of the issues (that I willfully ignored) were a lot more prominent in this. Issues such as Tristan trying to essentially kidnap a person in order to gift them to someone he thinks he loves. Yeah...not great.
In general, the romance was odd because of the setup as well as how fast it progresses despite it. I also liked certain plotlines in the movie that weren't in the book. Finally, there is the fact that Gaiman talks way too much about breasts in this. There is no need to talk about that every time a new female character was introduced.
Overall, for me, this has nothing on the movie. At least the audiobook made for a slightly better experience because of Gaiman's voice.