I first read it in German in the early 80s, I believe, and I have reread it regularly over the years. For me, the different fonts are not only an ingenious plot and narrative device, they also represent the separation of fantasy and reality. However, the fantastical first letters of each of the 26 chapters, representing the 26 letters of the alphabet, are all at least in my own copy of the book presented in the same reddish font as the parts of the story that take place in the real world even for those chapters based wholly and entirely in Fantastica ; this shows on a visual level that while fantasy and reality might be separate spheres and different from one another, they are nevertheless forever linked. And I have to admit that when I first read Die unendliche Geschichte as a teenager, I kept searching for other novels by the Michael Ende about Fantastica, as he was always hinting at precisely that eventuality but that is another storyuntil I finally realised that this was just a plot device.
Bastian Balthazar Bux Played by: Coreander and discovers its wonders and how it is actually a real Magical Landlearning of his required involvement to keep it alive. In the book, he was pretty chubby, but he's thin in the movies. A big difference between the book and the movie is that in the book, the development of Bastian is largely the point of the story.
Most obviously, he starts out as a timid, insecure bully victim who uses stories to escape from his harsh reality, and ends as a far more confident and self-assured person who instead uses the stories and what he learned from them to make things better in reality — but an almost as important development is that he starts out as rather selfish and self-centered ; while he's not a bad kid at heart and certainly doesn't lack sympathy for others, he tends to be mostly concerned about himself and about what he can get out of a situation.
After various adventures and many near-disasters in Fantastica, where ultimately selfish wishes almost destroyed him, he returns to the real world a far more caring and compassionate person.
Bastian attempts to wield Sikanda without its permission. The inevitable result of giving a depressed and victimized 12 yearold child unlimited wishes in a fantasy land.
Bastian's ego becomes so inflated that he comes to believe that having infinite power means he can do no wrong, and he eventually marks Atreyu and Falcor as his enemies for trying to show him he is headed on a direct course for self-destruction.
It takes nearly killing his best Atreyu and losing his mind to teach him the hard way that Reality Warping Is Not a Toy. Of Peer Gyntno less. A God Am I: Bastian goes power-mad thanks to excessive wishing, memory loss and Xayide's manipulation, planning to make himself the Emperor of Fantastica.
Bastian has this upon realizing he could have suffered a Fate Worse than Death upon finding the City of Old Emperors, and also realizing he very well might have killed Atreyu.
Horrible Judge of Character: The novel version of Bastian is completely taken in by the sorceress and all-round manipulative bitch Xayide because she does nothing more than pledge to serve him when he initially defeats her.
Bastian pays absolutely no heed to her immediately ordering Atreyu and Falcor around, both of whom defy her at every turn because they can clearly see she hasn't suddenly become a good person. It's All About Me: In the novel, this is Bastian's fatal flaw and the reason why most of his wishes in Fantastica go horribly wrong.
Because he starts out as a Loser Protagonisthe wishes for strength, good looks, favorable opinions, to be feared and so forth. Even when Bastian wishes for good things to happen for others, it's always about secretly getting something he wants, or increasing his own appearance of benevolence.
The story even points out that the motive behind doing a good turn for someone is as important as the good turn itself. It takes all of Bastian's selfish wishes going wrong to show him how low he has sunk after morally wounding Atreyu and later seeing what becomes of the other humans who went down similar selfish paths and became trapped and mindless in Fantastica.
Bastian's last remaining wish breaks this cycle for him, because it's a wish to love someone other than himself and thus put another person first before his own wants. In the second half of the book, and notably in the second film. Bastian starts out this way, being hopeless at physical activities and a dunce in the classroom.
Carl Conrad Coreander even muses that the boy is a failure "all along the line". It's this powerlessness that drives Bastian to such opposite extremes as a conquering hero once he arrives in Fantastica.
Not long before the beginning of the story, his mother died. The only thing he's really good at is making up stories. He enjoyed regaling a younger girl with them. When in Fantastica, this ability is vital to him as he is the only person, being human, who can create stories.
Eventually creates a library containing all of his stories with a story of his. Took a Level in Jerkass: Bastian was a sweeter kid in the first film, becomes a selfish jerk in the second and finally a spineless coward in the third.
You try carrying a handle like "Bastian Balthazar Bux" in our real-life, modern day world.One blustery stormy day Bastien goes inside of an antique bookstore and discovered a mysterious book called the Neverending Story.
When the bookshop owner Mr. Coreander is not looking, Bastien steals the book and hides in the attic of his school to read it/5. Jul 31, · The Neverending Story by Michael Ende, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide/5(K).
The Neverending Story is a splendid and brilliant story, full of adventure, magic, strength, perseverance, loyalty, self-improvement and self-fulfillment. It’s a positively COMMENDABLE book. This is a MUST-READ for all preteens out there/5(K).
The Neverending Story is a fantasy novel by German writer Michael Ende, first published in An English translation, by Ralph Manheim, was first published in Author: Michael Ende. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende, Ralph Manheim, Roswitha Quadflieg Read the book that inspired the classic coming-of-age film!
From award-winning German author Michael Ende, The Neverending Story is a classic tale of one boy and the book that magically comes to life/5(). The Neverending Story is a fascinating story that intertwines the lives of two young boys: Bastian Balthazar Bux and Atreyu.
This book kept me awake at night, fearing for the characters and indulging in the successes of the characters. Bastian is a self-conscious boy, who lives in our world during the ’s/5.
It looks like you've lost connection to our server. Please check your internet connection or reload this page. Michael Ende and Wolfgang Peterson collaborated on the script for the first film, which incorporated new scenes by Ende to help reinforce the essence of the story on screen. Ende claimed that Peterson later secretly rewrote the screenplay, but it is possible that this is one of Ende's additions. About The Neverending Story. Read the book that inspired the classic coming-of-age film before it’s back onscreen in select theaters this September! From award-winning German author Michael Ende, The Neverending Story is a classic tale of one boy and the book that magically comes to life.