Thursday, March 18, 2010
The Neverending Story
Posted by Alysa Stewart
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
Yeah, I thought the movie was cool as a kid. The passage of time, however, has made the movie literally ridiculous to me. Like, I like to ridicule it. Well now it is even more ridiculous, because the book is so different!
Yes, there is the familiar. Boy named Bastian (which makes SO much more sense now that I know the book was translated from German). Atreyu, Falkor the luckdragon (who is way more awesome in the book), AURYN the amulet. But there is also tons more that never made it to the movie. Fantastica (not Fantasia, as I thought) is always throwing new and crazy things at you. And Mr. Ende is very descriptive. Which made The Neverending Story, in my opinion -- dare I say it? -- a little long.
I really liked it. I did stop for a while in the middle because Bastian was being such a pudding-head for so long that I couldn't take it anymore. But I picked it up again and finished the rest in one go. I really like how it ends. I remember a little bit from the movie The Neverending Story Part 2, and lets just say if you never saw it, don't bother. The book, on the other hand, is good.
Anyone else remember the movie? Have you read the book?