Stardust: Which edition did you read?

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Stardust: Which edition did you read?

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jun 25, 2018, 12:11pm

Stardust was originally released in a graphic novel/illustrated format, and designed to be accompanied by artist Charles Vess's illustrations (this edition). Later on, it was also released in a prose-only format (this one). Which edition did you read, and what did you think of it?

jun 25, 2018, 1:01pm

I read the prose-only format - though each chapter was headed by Charles Vess’s illustration of Wall, the wall and the Lands Beyond.

jun 25, 2018, 2:07pm

I read the prose-only version as well. I didn't realize the graphic novel was the original format and I think it would be fun to look through.

jun 25, 2018, 2:23pm

I read the graphic novel this time time around and wasn't really that impressed with the illustrations. I liked a few of them, but overall I thought they were a little intrusive and actually prevented me from falling into the story.

jun 25, 2018, 3:02pm

I first read the graphic novel 10 years ago, prompted by my enjoyment of the movie, so I went with prose this time around. I noticed that I read much faster, plus the illustrations just aren't of a style I tend to enjoy. I appreciate them, but not as complements to the story.

I also tend to be much more precious with my graphic novels—I hate running the risk of them getting dog-eared or dinged up in my bag. I'm gentle enough with my paperbacks, too, but not quite so much so.

jun 25, 2018, 4:01pm

Prose only here. Enjoyed it immensely, now I might check out the graphic version.

jun 25, 2018, 6:42pm

I first read the prose edition and loved it. A few years ago I finally got around to reading the graphic novel.

jun 26, 2018, 7:22am

The prose film tie-in edition. This contained no illustrations but did include some additional material :-

Author's preface to WALL: a prologue
WALL: a prologue
an interview with Neil Gaiman
Reading group Discussion Questions

jun 26, 2018, 7:56am

The Audible version has an interview with the author at the end. He says he enjoys reading his books, which is very good news for his listeners. Audio has the disadvantage of one not knowing how characters and place-names are spelt.

jun 26, 2018, 11:26am

>9 .cris: But audio does let one know how names are pronounced.

jun 26, 2018, 11:46am

>10 amanda4242: Good point. I do hate a mispronunciation. I have only recently realised that to riffle through something is different from to rifle through something. I had always rifled through papers, when I should have riffled. I had always thought the reader was wrong.

jun 26, 2018, 12:08pm

>11 .cris: You would think that would be obvious. And yet I’ve always rifled instead of riffling, too.

jun 28, 2018, 11:32pm

I listened to the audio; but I came across (and purchased) the graphic novel a couple weeks ago (haven’t had time to enjoy it, yet).

Redigeret: jul 9, 2018, 9:20am

I, too, read the prose-only format, and didn't realize the graphic novel was the original edition (until reading the author's introduction). I loved Vess's illustration of Wall and Faerie at the header of each chapter. The only thing that could've made the book better, illustration-wise (aside from having the full graphic novel), would be a map. I'm a sucker for any map in a book.

jun 29, 2018, 9:12pm

I'm reading the paperback Harper Fantasy edition. Just lovely illustrations at the beginning of each chapter. A very quick read.

jun 29, 2018, 9:13pm

For those of you who have read the graphic novel, how was the Unicorn portrayed?

jun 29, 2018, 9:27pm

>16 threadnsong: Standard unicorn: beautiful white horse with a horn in its forehead.

jun 29, 2018, 10:14pm

>17 amanda4242: Ah well. I so wish Charles Vess could have followed the descriptions in Peter Beagle's The Last Unicorn. Though the book does make a point that the unicorn is very tall and hard to mount from the ground and able to take on a fully maned lion.

jun 30, 2018, 1:41am

I have a paperback edition from Harper, looks like a movie tie-in edition. The only illustrations are some full page art-nouveau-type chapter headings (all the same), and a section in the middle with coloured photos from the movie.

Redigeret: jul 4, 2018, 8:42pm

I read the prose-only version on my kindle. I can see how having the graphic format would make it easier to follow the interconnecting themes, but Gaiman’s prose is so excellent that I wonder if it matters very much.

jul 6, 2018, 1:41pm

>14 kristilabrie: I agree with you about the map! Any good adventure story needs one. I noticed there was one at the beginning of the movie.

jul 8, 2018, 5:10am

Prose only, no illustrations. But annoying Dickens-esque chapter headings, a faux style that I really dislike.

Redigeret: jul 9, 2018, 9:21am

Turns out this edition also has the prequel Wall, or at least the only chapter of the novel he had been intending to write, before Stardust was written. Content similar to >8 calm: