EL本棚紹介(61) Stardust, by Neil Gaiman

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Neil Gaiman, author of Stardust, Coraline, and Dream Hunters (all on the English Lounge bookshelf), is one of the most celebrated fantasy writers in the world today. This book, like Coraline, is very much a fairy tale. There are witches, a unicorn, magic, flying through the sky, goblins, etc. But it is also creative, charming, and quite unique.

Stardust is the story of a Star who has fallen from the sky in a fantasy world. The Star is being chased by several princes (who need her to become king), some witches (who want to eat her heart), and a young man from England (who promised to bring a fallen star to a girl he is in love with). There are many surprises and twists and turns in the story, which keeps it interesting. The language is also not especially difficult.

Stardust was also made into a movie. You can see the trailer here: https://www.imdb.com/video/vi4018471193/?playlistId=tt0486655&ref_=tt_pr_ov_vi

My two cents: The movie and the book are quite different. You can learn about Hollywood values by seeing what was changed…but for English practice, I recommend watching the movie first and reading the book second.