Stardust Comes to Life
Neil Gaiman's short novel Stardust is coming to a theater near you some time this summer.
Of all the stories that I've read over the past year, that one stands out as my favorite, mostly because of its sense of life. It's a fairytale, plain and simple, but Gaiman's mind seems to have its own, unique, and benevolent landscape, and it comes through in the story. Like some examples of magical realism today, it has a modern edge to it, except it's bright and happy for a change.
If you read it, don't scrutinize it. The story doesn't hold up under careful analysis. Take it in as a fun romp through a happy fantasy land.
I'll put it this way: If you're the type who would like an off-the-wall, happy movie like Amelie, then you might like Stardust.