Disclaimer: I am not a professional book reviewer. This is just for fun.
“The Neverending Story” by Michael Ende is a real reminder of the expansive beauty and bold nature of the fantasy genre.
I have been on this epic journey to read a good portion (if not all) the well-known fantasy novels out there. Of course, this novel has always been high on the list.
I remember seeing the movie many years ago, probably even before I started writing. It’s always been one of those stories that have stuck with me because of how unique the story is.
For those who don’t know, without spoilers, the story is of a boy named Bastian Balthazar Bux who is an avid reader. One day, after running away from some bullies, he ends up in a bookstore where he finds a book, “The Neverending Story”, which takes him on an unforgettable journey.
This novel was an absolute joy to read. Often times, when I read older books, I find myself bored. For me, classics and older books usually have a saggy middle that I don’t enjoy reading.
That was not the case with this book. I always wanted to keep turning the page. There was one point where I did start to get a little bored of the story, but it quickly started to get interesting again, and I was, once again, hooked.
If anyone ever wanted to get a glimpse of the borderless nature of human imagination, all they’d have to do is read this book. All the creatures and places of Fantastica (or Fantasia if you’re a fan of the movies) are so cleverly imagined and executed in these pages. I had such a wonderful time reading about them.
While I was reading this book, I was also doing some research on plot structure and storytelling. With all that information in my head, it was very interesting that as I read, I kept identifying storytelling elements. I started the book as a reader and ended it as a writer. It was a fun journey of my own.
Rewatching the movies was a real treat. I kept comparing them to the book, which I normally don’t like doing, but it wasn’t to affirm the idea that the book is better than the film.
It was to see how the filmmakers managed to condense such a large and detailed story in a way that still conveyed a fun adventure.
A thousand pages can never fit onto a screen, so the fact that the filmmakers managed to keep the story’s integrity and still made it enjoyable to watch, it made me love the story as a whole all the more.
For any who enjoy fantasy, or even if you don’t but want to give the genre a try, I definitely recommend this novel. I am certain this story will still be near and dear to my heart for many years to come.