Stardust was the brain child of Neil Gaiman and he enlisted artist Charles Vess to do the illustrations for the initial 1997 DC Comic release, which was a four-part mini series. In 1998 a hardcover and trade paperback were published that included 175 illustrations from the original comic book. Gaiman retained the rights to the novel and in 1999 a conventional novel was published by Avon without illustrations. To coincide with the release of the movie a 2007 issue was released with an additional 50 illustrations by Charles Vess as well a new cover art.
From Neil Gaiman’s website:
In the tranquil fields and meadows of long-ago England, there is a small hamlet that has stood on a jut of granite for 600 years. Just to the east stands a high stone wall, for which the village is named. Here, in the hamlet of Wall, young Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester. And here, one crisp October eve, Tristran makes his love a promise — an impetuous vow that will send him through the only breach in the wall, across the pasture… and into the most exhilarating adventure of his life.
We will be watching the 2007 film version starring Claire Danes, Robert DiNiro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Ian McKellan as the narrator.
Some things to think about as you read and watch:
How does the Pirate Captain get his name?
The connection of the witch’s magic to her image?
If you are reading on illustrated version, how does the visual setting in the movie compare to the book?
A fantasy novel into a fantasy movie, does it work? Why or why not?
So pull up a book, a bucket of popcorn, and let the fun begin!