Stardust is the fairy tale you were never told as a child. It holds a sense of magic and nostalgia. You will be taken on a journey of adventure, humor, and fantasy.
For those who have seen the movie, but not read the book, the movie compares quite nicely. Of course certain aspects of the story are changed, missing, or added in the movie, but the feel of the tale and the characters was captured quite nicely in the motion picture. I quite enjoyed having seen the movie first and having a sense of imagery already in my mind.
As a stand alone book, and without regard to the movie, Stardust felt like a fairy tale that should have been told with fables such as Cinderella and Peter Pan. The story had faeries, witches, monsters, and unicorns, but also held some mature content and humor (like Chaucer’s and the Brothers Grimm tales) to appease the adult aspect of our inner children. It was a quick read, but a satisfying one nonetheless.