The Neverending Story

For the last couple of weeks, Lynea and I have been reading this book to Duncan at bedtime. Duncan has also been reading from it too. We are working from a copy that uses green and red text to show the two different worlds, which is kind of cool.

It's a book I'd never read before, and to be honest I still haven't. I'd guess I've now read about a third of it. It's not easy to pick it up every other night and try to work out what's happened while your wife or son has been reading it in between.

Duncan has decided to use this book for his next school book report. This time the book report needs to be in the form of an advertisement for the book. To give him an idea, I showed him the trailer for the film that's on YouTube. It'll be interesting to see what he comes up with.

We also watched the movie last night. Spoilers ahead (if that's possible for a movie that's almost 24 years old). This was the first time that Duncan had read a book and then watched the film of it. If he's anything like me, he was probably hoping for something that was "just like the book". He was mildly surprised to see where it differed and what parts they left out. When it ended, he asked "where's the rest of it?" For those who haven't seen it, the film ends roundabout when Bastian renames the Empress. That's about a third of the way through the book. We mentioned that there are two more films. Oh, he replied. We'll now have to borrow those from the library too.

No doubt if they remade Neverending Story nowadays it would by jam packed with CGI rather than large "puppets". That didn't really spoil the story though. I have to wonder what 24 years would do to the fact the father just left the boy to go off to school on his own at the start of the film, and there was no concern that the boy didn't come home from school again afterwards. But then again, when I was a kid his age, that wasn't a big deal anyway.

Times change.

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