I think I expected the book to be incredibly close to the movie, mostly because I knew Gaiman helped work on the film. Little did I know that Gaiman purposely made changes to the movie so that people could enjoy both forms of media separately - and enjoy I did! Gaiman's strong suit is his ability to write flowery prose in a succinct way (odd? Absolutely, but it works for him). This is absolutely felt in Stardust, a fantasy-adventure novel about a boy who goes on a journey to win the heart of the woman he loves. Though the synopsis of the book sounds tiredly familiar, the story takes many twists and turns so it's never boring and it's always entertaining. It's everything a book should be and more.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good adventure story and a bittersweet ending!