Neil Gaiman, fully Neil Richard Gaiman

Neil
Gaiman, fully Neil Richard Gaiman
1960

English Author of Short Fiction, Novels, Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Audio Theatre and Films. Notable works include the comic book series, 'The Sandman' and novels including 'Stardust', 'American Gods', 'Coraline' and 'The Graveyard Book'. Winner of the Newbery Medal and Carnegie Medal in Literature

Author Quotes

We will do an awful lot for stories ? we will endure an awful lot for stories. And stories, in their turn ? like some kind of symbiote ? help us endure and make sense of our lives.

But what we can do, I think, is try and create stories that are interesting enough and important enough that our grandchildren might want to tell those stories to their grandchildren ? because that's the purpose of stories, that's what they're for: They make live worth living and, sometimes, they keep us alive.

You can just view people as this peculiar byproduct that stories use to breed. Really, it's the stories that are the life-form ? they are older than us, they are smarter than us, they keep going. But they need human beings to reproduce, much as we need food... we need things to keep ourselves alive. Maybe stories really are like viruses... Functionally, they are symbiotic ? they give and give back...

Do stories grow? Pretty obviously ? anybody who has ever heard a joke being passed on from one person to another knows that they can grow, they can change. Can stories reproduce? Well, yes. Not spontaneously, obviously ? they tend to need people as vectors. We are the media in which they reproduce; we are their petri dishes... Stories grow, sometimes they shrink. And they reproduce ? they inspire other stories. And, of course, if they do not change, stories die.

Douglas Adams ... understood media, understood change. He essentially described the first ebooks long before most commuter trains were filled with people reading on them. And he also perceived why, even though most commuter trains are a hundred percent people with ebooks, there will always be physical books and a healthy market for physical books ? because, Douglas told me, "books are sharks." There were sharks back when there were dinosaurs... And now, there are sharks. And the reason that there are still sharks ? hundreds of millions of years after the first sharks turned up ? is that nothing has turned up that is better at being a shark than a shark is.

You're always you, and that don't change, and you're always changing, and there's nothing you can do about it.

You're brave. You are the bravest person I know, and you are my friend. I don't care if you are imaginary.

You're Hell's Angels, then? What chapter are you from?'

You're no help, he told the lime. This was unfair. It was only a lime; there was nothing special about it at all. It was doing the best it could.

You're sick. Sick and evil and weird.

You're weird,' she said. 'You don't have any friends.' 'I didn't come here for friends,' said Bod truthfully. I came here to learn.' Mo's nose twitched. Do you know how weird that is?' she asked. Nobody comes to school to learn. I mean, you come because you have to.

You're a poem?' I repeated. She chewed her lower lip. 'If you want. I am a poem, or I am a pattern, or a race of people whose whose world was swallowed by the sea.' 'Isn't it hard to be three things at the same time?' 'What's your name?' 'Enn.' 'So you are Enn,' she said. 'And you are a male. And you are a biped. Is it hard to be three things at the same time?

You wouldn't die in here, nothing ever dies in here, but if you stayed here for too long, after a while just a little of you would exist everywhere, all spread out. And that's not a good thing. Never enough of you all together in one place, so there wouldn't be anything left that would think of itself as an 'I.' No point of view any longer, because you'd be an infinite sequence of views and of points...

You wouldn't have to wash, said Brian, whose parents forced him to wash a great deal more than he thought could possibly be healthy. Not that it did any good. There was something basically ground in about Brian.

You, she told him, are so full of shit, it's a wonder your eyes don't turn brown.

You?re as plain as the nose on your face, said Mr. Pennyworth. And your nose is remarkably obvious. As is the rest of your face, young man. As are you. For the sake of all that is holy, empty your mind. Now. You are an empty alleyway. You are a vacant doorway. You are nothing. Eyes will not see you. Minds will not hold you. Where you are is nothing and nobody.

You?re going back? asked Bod. Things that had been immutable were changing. You?re really leaving? But. You?re my guardian.

You?ve a good heart, she told him. Sometimes that?s enough to see you safe wherever you go. Then she shook her head. But mostly, it?s not.

You?ve got to admit it?s a bit of a pantomime, though, said Crawly. I mean, pointing out the Tree and saying ?Don?t Touch? in big letters. Not very subtle, is it? I mean, why not put it on top of a high mountain or a long way off? Makes you wonder what He?s really planning.

You'll think this is a bit silly, but I'm a bit--well, I have a thing about birds. What, a phobia? Sort of. Well, that's the common term for an irrational fear of birds. What do they call a rational fear of birds, then?

Young man, he said, understand this: there are two Londons. There's London Above?that's where you lived?and then there's London Below?the Underside?inhabited by the people who fell through the cracks in the world. Now you're one of them. Good night.

You're a big one... a tall drink of water, but I got to tell you, you don't look too bright. I got a son, stupid as a man who bought his stupid at a two-for-one sale, and you remind me of him.

You think you know all there is to know about here immediately upon meeting her, but everything you think you know is wrong. Passion flows through her like a river of blood.

You wanna be the next Tolkien? Don't read big, Tolkien-esque fantasies. TOLKIEN didn't read big, Tolkien-esque fantasies. He read books on Finnish philology. You go and read outside your comfort zone, go and learn stuff. And then the most important thing, once you get any level of quality--get to the point where you wanna write, and you can write--is tell YOUR story. Don't tell a story anyone else can tell. Because you always start out with other people's voices... There will always be people who are better or smarter than you. There are people who are better writers than me, who plot better than I do, but there is no one who can tell a Neil Gaiman story like I can.

You were her way here, and it's a dangerous thing to be a door.

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Neil
Last Name
Gaiman, fully Neil Richard Gaiman
Birth Date
1960
Bio

English Author of Short Fiction, Novels, Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Audio Theatre and Films. Notable works include the comic book series, 'The Sandman' and novels including 'Stardust', 'American Gods', 'Coraline' and 'The Graveyard Book'. Winner of the Newbery Medal and Carnegie Medal in Literature