Do you often get confused for Clive Barker?I like Clive Barker. I like you too, I just think I have more of a chance with Clive Barker. You are pretty swell though so don't feel too bad about it. As a young adult author do you find yourself censoring your blog content? Do you have a duty to your readers to make sure it is suitable for them to read?Clive Barker is writing a best selling young adult series but his official Tumblr is dicks, dicks and more dicks. Can you post what you like on blogs?
I used to be confused with Clive back in about 1984, when the world and we were young, because we both had dark hair and big noses.
I don’t find myself censoring the content here, no, although I’ll try and tag things NSFW or put in trigger warnings if I’m putting up anything contentious.
Clive tumblrs his interests, I tumblr mine. (And he’s much more than only a YA author.)
our labor of love, the product of our life blood, our… our Neil Gaiman Documentary. We want to show you a sneak peek and talk about it with you!
FRIDAY at 7 in room 4
Respect Films’s Patrick Meaney (Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods) and Jordan Rennert (Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts) will be manning the panel with the fantastically capable Cat Mihos among others. You should check it out…
We’ll put up a youtube link when we can get one as well.
Hello, Neil. I'm blind and have yet to read any of your books aside from "Coraline", which I got through Vision Australia's library on cassette when I was sixteen. However, I have seen the film version of "Stardust" and fell in love with it. Unfortunately, as near as I can tell, the book hasn't been produced in an audio format. At least, Audible doesn't have it. If there's anything at all you can do to change this so I can listen to the book version, I would be extremely grateful.
There are lots of audiobooks of my work, and audible should have them all. Not quite sure how to fix this for you… I read most of them, including Stardust.
Hello Mr. Gaiman. I don't know if you'll have any say in casting for American Gods, but I think it would be FANTASTIC if the characters were not white-washed as so many tend to be. Books, movies, and shows have always been a wonderful solace from all the horrible things in my life and the world around me, but it never ceases to amaze me and hurt me deeply when there are no people like me playing complex and interesting characters. Just wanted to express my thoughts and feelings to someone.
I agree. With American Gods (and with Anansi Boys) I’ve told the producers that I want the characters cast as they are in the book.
When we made Neverwhere with the BBC, we did colour-blind casting, which meant that we auditioned without regard to race, and gave the roles to the best people at the auditions. The Marquis and Hunter weren’t black in the original scripts, nor were Richard and Door white. (Richard wasn’t even Scottish.) It was a great way of casting. And that was 1996, and even then it only happened because we made it with Crucial Films, Lenny Henry’s company, and that was Crucial’s philosophy. I wish it occurred more.
(Having said that, the Black Friars were always all black.)
Hiya Neil. I just started writing a book and I'm stuck on a particular scene. It's not that I don't know what happens next, it's that I've just mulled over it for so long that I'm starting to go a bit brain-numb. Does this ever happen to you? Do you have any suggestions? I don't want to lose my motivation.
Have you ever felt ashamed for the way that you express yourself? Every time I speak using a somewhat educated (whatever that means) vocabulary all I get are eye rolls and groans. Even members of my own family have expressed their annoyance (I was once told to "get rid of my intellectual side"). I'm not trying to talk down to anyone, but it is frustrating. I know everyone isn't at the same reading/vocabulary level, but I wish people approached unfamiliar words with curiosity rather than scorn.
Me too. Although if I realise I’m using words that people don’t understand while talking, I’ll define them. The point of talking is communication, and if you are using words people don’t understand, you aren’t communicating. (I’m happier to use whatever words I wish in writing, because people have dictionaries and computers.)
Hey Neil, I don't know if anyone has mentioned anything about American Gods being picked up again for a series (or how FREAKING STOKED they may be) but are you confident that this time around American Gods could have a place on TV? (especially with Brian Fuller having a hand in production?)
Very much so. I was confident with HBO too, but less so as the development process went along, and HBO wanted more and more spelled out and explained for the people who weren’t following, and everything possible put into the first script, so was relieved when it stopped there. I was lucky that the executives I’d been developing it with still had faith in it and me, and that’s one reason why it’s been so much fun talking to all the platforms and networks who wanted it. I’ve love spending time talking to Bryan Fuller, and, more recently, his partner in crime Michael Green. They get it. And Starz seems to get it too. So yes. There’s always room for things to go wrong. But, yes. Confident.
Hello Neil Gaiman, I'm lucky enough to be coming to The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains as a birthday present this weekend at the Barbican and I wondered, should I read it first? I was assuming it would be cool to have my first experience of it that night but then had a momentary fear that I should swot up. And also, will there be copies available to buy at the show? Many thanks, J.
If you haven’t read the story before the show, then don’t. It’ll be more fun that way.
We’ve been working day and night to make sure Wayward Manor is the best game it can be. This ultimately meant making the tough decision to delay the game. After adding more puzzles, an extra level of polish, and maybe even some paranormal surprises; we’re finally ready to announce a…
Hello! I wanted to ask if you thought writers without college educations could make it (get published, make money from book sales, etc.). I had a really bad time with high school due to depression and family situations and such and between that and financial issues, long story short I'm not going to be able to get into college. But I can write, and I just want to know if I'm being naive thinking I'll be able to do well at it.
If you can write things that make people turn the page you’ll be fine. Nobody will ask to see your qualifications.
By the same token, no amount of qualifications will make someone turn the page if she’s bored.
someone who never actually went to university because he really just wanted to write and is now an actual professor at a real college.
Neil, you've written a trans woman character in Sandman but the way the story develops makes it seem like you think trans women arent actual women. And well, considering what you said about your friend, im sure thats not the case. So... could you clarify things? (i hope this doesnt sound accusatory, thats not how i mean it)
Why would you think that? I think the final page is absolutely clear on Wanda’s gender. And I hope the story is too.
Mostly, I found a lot of the stuff I was seeing in the late 80s from some feminist quarters really offensive, seeing them dismiss trans women as not real women, and decided that I wanted to put those attitudes into the story, which, from the title on, was about identity and how we create our own. So yes, there are god-like things in Sandman who do not see Wanda as a woman, just as Wanda’s family back in Kansas are not able not see her as a woman, but then, the narrative in Sandman is pretty clear that god-like things are just as likely to be screwed up, wrongheaded and mistaken as anyone else in the story. Wanda’s attitudes and responses to the Gods in the story are mine, although said much more pithily than I would have.
If I were writing it today, rather than in 1989, when there weren’t any Trans characters in comics, it would be a different story, I have no doubt. But that was the story I wrote in 1989. I got a fair amount of hate mail for putting a trans character in a mainstream comic, and I’m still proud of it, and of Wanda.
I have a very broad question. Subplots. How do you think of them, how do you organize them, and how do you weave them all back into the plot? I'm working on two books right now, but I'm having serious trouble with subplots.
I don’t have a clue. I’m not sure I believe in subplots. There’s just the story. Sometimes it’s a big thing that moves forward; sometimes, like a river, it has streams running into it. But it should all be part of the same story, or what’s the point?