Stardust is less an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's 1999 novel than of its dust-jacket synopsis. That will come as disconcerting news to fans of the author, who thus far has avoided the fate of fellow fantasy writers and comics creators who've had their works mangled by the studios' clumsy assembly lines. Gaiman — best known amongst the geekerati for his DC Comics' Sandman series, his adult fairy tales (American Gods, Neverwhere) and his children's stories (The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish) — is a writer of delicate jigsaw puzzles populated by contemptuous faeries and sanguine mortals. Gaiman simply has no place in Hollywood, where it's far too tempting to eradicate 39 beautifully written pages of exquisitely composed exposition with a single swish of a pirate's sword and... More >>>