Stardust Book-to-Movie Report

It’s that time again, have you read the book? Did you watch the movie? What do you think? For me, this is one of those movies that is loosely based on the novel but I love them both. The novel and the movie start off basically the same, the main difference being Tristan’s father marries a local girl instead of remaining single. I was disappointed the first time I watched the movie in the actress chosen to play Victoria because in the book Victoria is supposed to be the beautiful woman and I didn’t feel like the actress they choose fit that description. Of course, it is hard to compete with Michelle Pfieffer and Clare Danes when it comes to beauty.

In a film full of big name stars and amazing special effects, there is the occasional surprise moment that works incredibly well. One of those moments is when the old guard at the wall attacks Tristan and kicks his trash. I love Waking Ned Divine and loved seeing David Kelly flip over the wall and beat Tristan, a man a third his age, with a few well aimed blows of his cane.

A major difference between the two works is the role the lightening pirates play. They are very minor characters in the novel, whereas in the film they play a major role in the transformation of Tristan. It is thanks to the pirate captain Shakespeare that Tristan gets a more mature look, gains confidence because of his new ability to fight with swords, and starts to fall in love with Yvaine. The pirate captain’s name came from literary Shakespeare but he chose it because he wanted a name he could shake his fist to.  Robert De Niro was hilarious as the cross-dressing captain, especially when he got caught by Septimus and discovered that his crew already knew about his habits.

In both of the works, the connection of the witch’s magic to the toll it took in her looks was interesting, that nothing comes without a cost, in this case a visible toll for everyone to see. For me, what can make or break a movie or novel is the small details, in both works the details are fabulous. Something as simple as the blood that the royal prince bleeds is blue (blue blood) or the way that Tristan’s hair grows as Captain Shakespeare is playing with it during his make-over.

The entire scene at the Inn is great. The first time the goat husband jumped over the bar instead of walking around I couldn’t stop laughing. Also, when Bernard is turned into a women and is fascinated with his own breasts had me giggling and the look on Tristan’s face when Bernard speaks is priceless. The interaction of the characters during this crucial scene was well done.

In the novel, the ghosts follow the Stronghold Heirs but the heirs are unaware of their presence. The movie is much more ambiguous but the running commentary is entertaining, as is the fact that each of the ghosts is left in the condition that they died.

The endings of the two works are completely different, in the novel Tristan and the star make it back to Wall, where Tristan crosses over to say goodbye to his family, severing all ties with that world so he can remain with his Yvaine. Tristan meets up with his mother in the end, who wants Tristan to immediately assume the throne but instead he continues traveling with Yvaine for another ten years, before finally assuming the throne. In the film Tristan’s mother assists him with the final battle against the witches and is there at the end when Tristan and Yvaine are crowned having been reunited with Tristan’s father.

In the novel, the witch gives up the chase at the end of the story because of everything she lost in her pursuit of the star’s heart. The movie does pay hommage to the novel’s witch’s attitude at the end of the story, in giving up instead of continuing to fight but  it as a cruel trick played against Tristan and Yvaine. The ending of the film is much more exciting than the novel, with the battle between Septimus and the witches, then the battle between Tristan, Septimus’ body, and the witches for Yvaine’s heart. The detail work is amazing!

I love the imagery of both works. The original artwork of the first publication of the novel was created by Charles Vess and is amazing. The imagery of the movie is equally as impressive. The hall where the last great battle occurs is great looking. The use of the space and mirrors in the battle was well choreographed, in my opinion, adding to a great climax of the movie. Despite the differences in storyline between the novel and the film, I enjoy both. What do you think? Upset by the differences or don’t care? Mike Conley Authentic Jersey

Official Talk Like Jane Austen Day

Today marks the 199th Anniversary of the publishing of Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, while this was not the first novel Jane Austen wrote, it was the first novel she published. In celebration of all the wonderful literature and films that Jane Austen has brought us, today is designated as Official Talk Like Jane Austen Day. How does one go about speaking like Jane Austen you ask? Well, first you have to get rid of all contractions. No more “don’t”, “won’t”, “can’t” or “we’ll.”  For today it is “do not”, “will not”, “cannot” and “we will.”  Numbers need to reordered so instead of “twenty-four”, it is now “four and twenty.”

I personally am going to add the words “tremendous” and “drat” to my vocabulary for today.  If you need further help you can visit

I love Sense and Sensibility, both the novel and the movie and you can read my Books-to-Movie Review here.

Jane Austen’s manuscripts have been digitally scanned and can be viewed here. Unlike her novels, which are all print, the manuscripts are Jane’s personal writings that you can read from letters she wrote as a child to the final draft of her manuscripts.  The project is the combined efforts of private collections and public libraries in England and allows readers the unique opportunity to read and compare her writings at one time.

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Lorraine Heath’s Backlist to be Published…

Lorraine Heath’s early novels that are no longer available in paperback are being released in digital format in November. The titles being re-released are Sweet Lullaby, Parting Gifts, Always to Remember, Texas Destiny, Texas Glory and Texas Splendor.



Gwen Cready, author of Aching for Always, at Romantic Crush Junkies.

Amanda Ashby, author of You Had Me at Halo, at Late Bloomers Online.

Catherine Banks, author of Song of the Moon, at Cry Havoc! Reviews.

Tiffany Clare, author of The Surrender of a Lady, at MacLean Space.

Yvonne Navarro, author of Highborn, at Dark Faerie Tales.

Elizabeth Rudnick, author of Tweet Heart, at The Bookologist.

Denise Jordan, author of Losing Faith, at Teen Fiction Cafe.

Donna Grant, author of Wicked Highlander, at Romance Divas.

Lydia Dare, author of The Taming of the Wolf, at Yankee Romance Reviewers.

Jeaniene Frost, author of Halfway to the Grave, at The Bibliophilic Book Blog.

Ben H. Winters, author of Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, at Austen Authors.

Erin McCahan, author of I Now Pronounce You Someone Else, at Eating YA Books.

Sophie Littlefield, author of Banished, at Dark Faerie Tales.



Pamela Palmer is giving away two signed copies of her Jewels of Time series, contest ends Oct. 30th.

Samantha James is giving away a signed copy of her The Truest Heart, contest ends Oct. 30th.

Kathryn Caskie is giving away a signed copy of To Sin with a Stranger and The Most Wicked of Sins, contest ends Nov. 28th.

Toni Blake is giving away signed copy of her Sugar Creek and a mug and tote, contest ends Oct. 31st.

Anna Campbell is giving away a large number of signed books including her My Reckless Surrender, contest ends Nov. 30th.

In the Hammock is giving away a copy of Lauren Willig’s The Mischief of the Mistletoe and a holiday ornament, contest ends Nov. 5th.

Confessions of  a Bookaholic is giving away a copy of Linda Joy Singleton’s Magician’s Muse, contest ends Oct. 31st and an ebook copy of Lauren Hammond’s Love Sucks, contest ends Nov. 10th, Open Internationally.

Reviews by Martha’s Bookshelf is giving away a copy of Jill Mansell’s Take a Chance on Me, contest ends Nov. 12th.

Fiction Vixen is giving away a copy of Evangeline Collins’ Seven Nights to Forever, contest ends Nov. 6th.

Read My Mind is giving away a copy of Amanda Marrone’s Slayed, contest ends Nov. 4th.

Good Choice Reading is giving away a copy of Andrea Cremer’s Nightshade, contest ends Nov. 4th.

The Story Siren is giving away a signed copy of Samantha Schutz’s You Are Not Here, contest Nov. 12th.


Simon & Schuster has several signed copies of Stephen Kings’s new book Full Dark, No Stars they are giving away here.

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Moonraker’s Bride by Madeleine Brent Review

Lucy, from Moonraker’s Bride by Madeleine Brent, was born and raised in China. She was the daughter of rich missionary parents from England until she was orphaned due to disease. She runs an orphanage with little help from Miss Prothero (who raised Lucy). One day an English stranger comes into their little village and Lucy’s life quickly spirals beyond her control. One minute being thrown in prison, the next being married. One day after being married, she is widowed. Two strange men are searching for the same treasure and each believe it is Lucy that can help them find the treasure to save their families. Bad things seem to happen to Lucy on a regular basis, and yet those supposedly caring for her rarely believe her. It looks like Lucy is only going to be able to rely on herself, and hope she can rescue the one man she realizes she truly loves.

I really loved this unique story, just like I love all of Madeleine Brent’s novels! The story line and plot is completely original, and kept me enthralled with it until I finally finished it. The characters were well developed and the plot had enough twists to keep me completely interested through the entire novel! I was not bored for a single moment through the novel!


Title:  Moonraker’s Bride

Author: Madeleine Brent

Format: Paperback

Page Nos.: 319

ISBN: 978-0449235942

Publisher: Fawcett

Release Date: June 1978

Reviewer: Jillian Chase Utley Authentic Jersey