Movies vs Novels: Stardust & The Princess Bride



Original novel by Neil Gaiman

The novel:

The original book, Stardust by Neil Gaiman (first released in 1998), revolves around the adventures of a young man, Tristran Thorn, from the village of Wall, which borders the magical land of Faerie.

The movie:

The movie, which came out in 2007, follows the same story in essence. The film is based on Neil Gaiman‘s novel Stardust and stars an ensemble cast including Charlie CoxBen BarnesMichelle PfeifferClaire DanesSienna MillerMark StrongJason FlemyngRupert EverettRicky GervaisDavid WalliamsNathaniel ParkerPeter O’TooleDavid KellyRobert De NiroJulian Rhind-TuttMark Heap and Henry Cavill. Narration is by Ian McKellen.

Both the novel and the movie is a definite must read / watch.

Plot summary:

To win the heart of his beloved Victoria, a young man named Tristran ventures into the realm of fairies to retrieve a fallen star. What Tristran finds, however, is not a chunk of space rock, but a woman named Yvaine. Yvaine is in great danger, for the king’s sons need her powers to secure the throne, and a coven of evil witches wants to use her to achieve eternal youth and beauty.


BBC Radio 4 Extra has produced a radio dramatized adaptation first broadcasted 17 December 2016. The BBC radio drama is currently available to listen to for free until 25 January 2022.


Original novel by William Goldman

The novel:


William Goldman’s beloved story of Buttercup, Westley, and their fellow adventurers in a beautifully illustrated deluxe edition that is perfect for fans of the book and film. (The Princess Bride Deluxe Edition Hc: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure)

The Princess Bride is a 1973 fantasy romance novel written by William Goldman. The book combines elements of comedy, adventure, fantasy, romantic love, romance, and fairy tales. It is presented as an abridgment of The Princess Bride by S. Morgenstern (though no such book exists), and Goldman’s “commentary” asides are constant throughout.

It was made into a film of the same name in 1987 by Rob Reiner, and an attempt to adapt it into a musical was made by Adam Guettel. William Goldman said “I’ve gotten more responses on The Princess Bride than on everything else I’ve done put together—all kinds of strange outpouring letters. Something in The Princess Bride affects people.” (source: wikipedia)

The movie:


The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner. It was adapted by William from his 1973 novel of the same name. The story is presented in the film as a book being read by a grandfather (Peter Falk) to his sick grandson (Fred Savage), thus effectively preserving the novel’s narrative style. In the United States, The Princess Bride has developed into a cult film

Plot summary:


A kindly grandfather sits down with his ill grandson and reads him a story. The story is one that has been passed down from father to son for generations. As the grandfather reads the story, the action comes alive. The story is a classic tale of love and adventure as the beautiful Buttercup, engaged to the odious Prince Humperdinck, is kidnapped and held against her will in order to start a war, It is up to Westley (her childhood beau, now returned as the Dread Pirate Roberts) to save her. On the way he meets a thief and his hired helpers, an accomplished swordsman and a huge, super strong giant, both of whom become Westley’s companions in his quest. (source: IMDb)


Disney Theatrical Productions confirmed that the Princess Bride Musical project was in the works from co-book writers Rick Elice (The Cher ShowPeter and the StarcatcherJersey Boys) and Bob Martin (The PromThe Drowsy Chaperone) and composer-lyricist David Yazbek. More here from Broadwayworld.

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