Wednesday, March 08, 2006

I want to reach out and pull you to me

Where was I? Not sure. Anyway, I read this morning that Robert De Niro has signed on to star in the screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Stardust. Michelle Pfeiffer, Claire Danes and Siena Miller are also on board. I don't often read sci-fi or fantasy, but this is a favorite little book. If you've never read any Neil Gaiman, pick it up and thank me later. He's a genre unto himself. I've passed Stardust around to my friends and everyone has loved it. It's a fable really, and it's been very interesting to see how each person sees it a little differently. Like holding up a mirror. Does that make sense? Oh, forget all that and just read it. It's lovely. His other stuff is good, too, especially Neverwhere, but I have to admit American Gods didn't enthrall me. Otherwise I'd be pushing Anansi Boys to the top of my bedside stack, instead of five deep, where it loiters now.

P.S. Are you usually excited or leery about a movie version of a beloved book? On this one anyway, I'm in the leery camp. One more thing, since I mentioned Claire Danes. When The Family Stone hits video, check it out if you missed it at the theater. It's a great 'home for the holidays' type movie and Claire is LUMINOUS in it.


freakgirl said...

I abandoned "American Gods" partway through. Just couldn't get into it.

Michael said...

I kinda felt that way too, freakgirl, but I muddled through and it did pick up at the end. Santa brought me Anansi Boys which I guess is sequel-ish but doesn't necessitate having read the first book. I can't get a head of steam worked up for it. Right now I'm reading "The Line of Beauty" and SAVORING every lil' morsel. Loving it so far. Did you read?

PS Did you ever catch "The Family Stone"? I think you'll love.

The Other Andrew said...

"A-Nancy Boys"

"Neil GayMan"

Do I have to draw you a picture?...

Michael said...

::moves Neil up to top of book stack::

wingedman said...

OMG. A screen adaptation?! Who's directing?! And what's going to be Robert De Niro's role?! Probably as the Firstborn.

Claire Danes is definitely going to be the fallen star. Sienna Miller...I wonder if she can be deliciously evil to play the Witch. And Michelle Pfeiffer should be the mother. But who's going to play the Boy?

I'm SO excited!

BTW Anansi Boys isn't a great read, but it's much better than American Gods. It's very light reading in fact. No cerebral function required.