When it comes to fantasy, I don’t have another choice b it Neil Gaiman’s works. I’m not only amazed by his wild imagination, but also by the way he paints fantasy and magic with his words. While reading his novels, I often take a short stop, a pause, only to create my own visual projection, my mental image, on the characters he created. Such stop is never boring, actually. In fact, I discover it as something necessary. One thing I learn from Neil Gaiman is a great writer always embraces his readers’ capacity and inner desire to have their own fantasy. I have this thought after reading his works such as Stardust and Neverwhere. Here, I want to share my experience with Neil Gaiman’s Stardust.
Written in concise manner, Stardust consists of complex mixtures: Love; magic; adventure; eternal life; curse; and fight for power. The story is started when a young man named Dunstan Thorn visited Faerie Market and met his first love, Una, who happened to be cursed by a witch named Semele. Nine months later, in the town of Wall, Dunstan who is now Daisy’s husband, has a baby in a basket at his doorstep. The baby is named Tristan Thorn, son of Dunstan and Una.
Years later, Tristan falls in love with Victoria Forester, a popular girl in town of every man’s dream. It’s impossible for her to hurt Tristan’s feeling, so she promises to do whatever he asks if he’s able to bring the shooting star that lands in Faerie. That’s not Victoria’s request, but Tristan’s vow to bring the star to her in exchange for a kiss – and may also a marriage. Tristan’s adventure in the Faerie is started then.
The shooting star is apparently knocked down by a topaz that provides the mark of the ruler of Stormhold. It’s the King of Stormhold who does it in front of his sons prior to his death. Now, his sons have to compete each other to get the topaz. On different location, the Lillim is trying to cope with their own problems. They are a family of witches who want eternal life by taking the heart of the star. The story is then continued with reconciling conflicts with magic. Every single scene will fascinate readers with ita rich fantasy which drive them to imagine more and more.
Is Tristan’s mission successful? How is then his relationship with Victoria? What happens then with Yvaine, the star? Who will be the King of Stormhold? And how does the Lillim’s life end? I challenge you to read the book to discover more. This novel is an interesting one that transformed into movie of the same title. Robert De Niro is one of the stars. He plays the role of Captain Shakespeare, who later will help Tristan and Yvaine back to the world of Faerie.