Stardust by: Neil Gaiman
(suggested for ages 13 and up)

"In the tranquil fields and meadows of long-ago England,
there is a small hamlet that has stood on a jut of granite for 600 years.
Just to the east stands a high stone wall, for which the village is named.
Here, in the hamlet of Wall, young Tristran Thorn has lost his heart
to the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester.
And here, one crisp October eve, Tristran makes his love a promise
-- an impetuous vow that will send him through the only breach in the wall,
across the pasture... and into the most exhilarating adventure of his life."
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A boy sets out on a journey to find a fallen star for the girl of his dreams
and discovers more then he could have ever hoped to....

Here is the trailer from the film adaptation of the book:

created in 2007
staring: Charlie Cox, Claire Danes, Sienna Miller

Characters:


The Situation Archetypes in Stardust

The Quest- Tristan is to venture to a new world in search of the fallen star, to bring back and better his life in the village of Wall.

The Initiation- Tristan, through the quest, realizes his true love and gains a new awareness with the help of the pirates.

The Battle Between Good and Evil- The witches fighting against Tristan and the Stars.


The Character Archetypes of Stardust

The Hero- Tristan is the hero of the story. Saving the star from the evil witches, selfish princes and returning the princess to her to her rightful place.

The Friendly Beast- The pirates are feared by many, however they help Yvaine and Tristan run from the witches, taking them in as one of their own, teaching them how to fight and providing them with thunder.

The Devil Figure- The witches strive for the hearts of stars to gain beauty and youth. The witches chase Tristan and Yvaine obsessed and stopping at nothing.

The Scapegoat- The princes' of Stormhold, through the movie, strive to find their father's heirloom to claim the thrown. Their deaths determine Tristan's fate as king of Stormhold.

The Temptress- Victoria is what Tristan believed he wanted in the beginning of the movie. Tristan's misguided affection was wasted on Victoria's selfish, uncaring ways.

The Damsel in Distress- Yvaine is the 'star' being chased by the three witches and the princes' of Stormhold. Tristan saves and protects Yvaine through out the movie.



The Stages of a Hero's Journey in Stardust

Stage 1: Departure; when Tristan makes the promise to Victoria, that he will find and bring back the fallen star to prove his love for her.

Stage 2: Initiation; when Tristan crosses the wall in to Stormhold, the threshold into a new world.

Stage 3: The Road of Trails; Tristan is given supernatural aid by the becoming friends with Yvaine, and being helped by the flying ship pirates and Yvaine's sisters the stars.

Stage 4: The Innermost Cave; Tristan and Yvaine venture with the pirates' thunder hunting ship, to escape the witches. Tristan learns to fight and realizes that Yvaine is his true love. After finding out that Yvaine can not cross the Wall, Tristan races to save Yvaine and the fate of Stormhold.

Stage 5: Return and Reintegration with Society; Tristan saves Yvaine, kills the witches and claims the throne of Stormhold, as their KIng.

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Videos:

Author, Neil Gaiman reading from the novel!

Author, Neil Gaiman talking about the book at Comic Con '07


A book talk on Stardust given by a teacher to her students.


Links:

Neil Gaiman's official website

Stardust official movie website

Celtic mythology: The Origin of Faerie

Just for fun a Quiz to find out What kind of Faerie are you?

13 terms from the novel explained

Falling Stars explained

A blog post explaining The Heroes Journey throughout this tale
(we can also see this idea explored here)