Neil Gaiman Lit Soc talk

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An introduction to the genius author that is Neil Gaiman

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Neil Gaiman Lit Soc talk

  1. 1. https://www.facebook.com/180877178221/photos/a.1015198041057 3222.1073741830.180877178221/10151980412473222/?type=3&the ater
  2. 2. A bit about Neil… • Born in Portchester in 1960. Now lives in the USA. • First book – Duran Duran Biography! • “Literary Rock Star” • Nearly 2 Million Followers on Twitter (@neilhimself)
  3. 3. Three Authors in One 1. Children/YA Novelist 2. Novelist for adults 3. Graphic novelist Also writes short stories and written for TV/film, including two recent Doctor Who episodes…
  4. 4. Books for the young “Adults follow paths. Children explore. Adults are content to walk the same way, hundreds of times, or thousands; perhaps it never occurs to adults to step off the paths, to creep beneath rhododendrons, to find the spaces between fences.” – The Ocean at the End of the Lane
  5. 5. • The one with the ‘buttons for eyes’ • Unknown merges with the known • A twisted (but hopeful) fairy tale – GK Chesterton epigraph at start of novel
  6. 6. • The Jungle Book as reimagined by Neil Gaiman • Union of the Natural and the Supernatural – Danse Macabre
  7. 7. Adult Novels
  8. 8. • His ‘Great American Novel’ • America’s troubled reality • A plethora of mythologies
  9. 9. • A dark ‘fairy tale for grown ups’ • Uses classic fairy tale tropes • Victorian setting
  10. 10. Graphic Novels
  11. 11. * In my opinion His Masterpiece* * - In my opinion
  12. 12. The Endless Destiny Death Dream Destruction Desire Despair Delirium (formerly Delight)
  13. 13. Illusion and Allusion A few examples… • A Dream of a Thousand Cats –Plato’s Parable of the Cave • A Midsummer Night’s Dream • The Furies
  14. 14. Neil in a Nutshell “Neil Gaiman is a star. He constructs stories like some demented cook might make a wedding cake, building layer upon layer, including all kinds of sweet and sour in the mix.” Clive Barker

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