WoW Fridays: Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is one of my very favourite people. He’s written “Stardust” and “Coraline” and some of the best episodes of “Doctor Who”, among other things; if we ever met I’m pretty sure I’d combust  on the spot just from being near his drop dead gorgeous brain.

Neil has a lot to say about love, and he says it with words that are poignant and lovely and sad and true. This particular quote is all of those things, and it’s funny besides, which makes it perfect for the holiday today and just about any day ever, I think.

“He wondered how it could have taken him so long to realize he cared for her, and he told her so, and she called him an idiot, and he declared that it was the finest thing that ever a man had been called.”
― Neil Gaiman, Stardust

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

love amb

11 thoughts on “WoW Fridays: Neil Gaiman

  1. Coraline was the first (and only) that I ever watched in the theatre solo. Understandably, a solo male in their mid-20’s may draw some undue attention in this scenario. Add the fact that it was the middle of the day and there was maybe 5 people in the theatre and it was a less than enjoyable experience. They didn’t even give me the freaking 3D glasses so I thought my vision was all messed up and I just had no idea.

    For context, I was going to the World Baseball Classic and was taking the subway from Yorkdale but had a bunch of time to kill after ditching work for the afternoon. It was the only movie that was about to start and would finish by the time I needed to leave. The whole experience has scarred me and I couldn’t even read the rest of this post following the piece about Coraline. I wonder what else this guy did, but I’m too emotionally damaged to scan over it. I’m sure he did great things and whatnot.

    • Coraline is upsetting and awesome – like “Nightmare Before Christmas” or “The Corpse Bride” only darker and twistier and more awesome-er. I can totally see how it would cause emotional damage in the situation you described!

      You poor thing. I prescribe chocolate. Lots of chocolate. That should help you get today back on track. Better yet, wait and buy it all tomorrow when it’s 75% off 🙂

  2. Good call on the 75% chocolate, amb! I also like buying discounted dishes, tableware, etc–great for parties 😀

    Not sure what to make of that quote. (would love to see what diddy could do with it) Whoever “he” is is so enamored with “she” that he’s thrilled she thinks him an idiot. Guess I’d have to watch Stardust to follow.

    Googled him and hoo boy is he talented. Not going to fight you for him though as I think you have more of an affitnity for the scruffy-hair guys than I do. Must be the Rachel in you 😉 (though Ross’s hair wasn’t scruffy, so my theory just might not hold)

    Happy Valentine’s Day to my most excellent blogging friend. Would have to look it up, but I think we’re coming up on a year of friendship ourselves. Must celebrate 😀

    • Definitely! Then you can use the valentine’s “love” theme for something else – like Doctor Who! You can serve sonic screwdrivers!! Oh, I like this plan 🙂

      Lol! I can see how the quote can be taken that way, for sure. I tend to take “idiot” as a term of endearment, in this case. Like Beatrice and Benedict in my beloved Much Ado About Nothing, or every other couple who bickers back and forth so much that you just know they’re nuts for each other!!

      Neil is uber-talented and uber-scruffy, both of which make him very appealing to me indeed 😉

      Happy Valentine’s Day to you too, dear friend of mine! Has it really been almost a year already?! We’ll have to have a party !!! This is something to celebrate !!!

      • did the math and we missed our friendiversary–I count it starting at your first comment on my Crescent Dragonwagon post, which puts us at Feb 5. Raising a SionicS to you 😀

    • Back at ya, baby! I shouldn’t be surprised that you’re a fan of Neil’s too, since our tastes are so similar in so many other things. So glad we’ve connected 😀

  3. Neil Gaiman keeps popping up in my life via Doctor Who (of course) and a bunch of random people mentioning how amazing his books are. Looks like I need to find one asap because I am terribly out of the loop. His Doctor Who episodes are ah-mah-zing.

    I hope you are having a perfectly wonderful Valentine’s Day, Amb! I posted something for you—and also, let’s be honest, for the betterment of myself and the rest of humanity—today. Hopefully it will make corporate world a bit more bearable. 😉


    • He writes grown up fairy tales without taking himself too seriously, if that makes any sense. (Actually, that sounds an awful lot like anything involving our darling Doctor … 😉 )

      Thank you for the virtual valentine over on your blog – that was perfectly wonderful indeed. I hope you’ve having a great Valentine’s Day too Kaela xoxoxo

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