Funny story: When this movie came out, my friend Jessica and I went to see it. We brought with us gushers, cookie dough and spoons and expected a full theatre. It was completely empty. We ended up sitting in the isle and running around the whole time. Yes I was in middle school.
I have always been a fan of the movie, because I have always liked weird movies and books. The books way of telling the story though is a new favorite of mine. The stories differ and the endings are vaguely different as well, but it is still the magical place that Gaiman created.
He tells the story as if he is reading it to you in a library full of other eager ears. You would believe this story to be written around the time that C.S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien wrote their stories. It has the same feel as their stories, though leans more towards Lewis (it is written lighter than Tolkien).
Fallen Stars, Quest, Witches, Power-Hungry Princes, True Love, etc. This story truly has it all. There isn’t a bad thing to honestly say about it. There isn’t really a way to explain it either. Just trust me when I say you should read this book. It is a gem in our day and age.