An interview with Neil Gaiman


I have a confession to make.  I don’t read comic books or graphic novels (yes I know, boo hiss me) but despite that I was very excited to talk to author Neil Gaiman during the week for RTE 2fm.

After all, I knew he wrote the book on which the new kids movie Coraline is based, I knew that I had The Graveyard Book at home on my book shelf still waiting to be read (to be fair I have a backlog of about 100 books to catch up on, I buy them faster than I can read them) and I knew he also wrote Stardust, the book on which the 2007 movie of the same name was based.

Photo of author Neil Gaiman

But during my research I discovered the man is also very active on Twitter, has been blogging for quite some time now and has some very interesting taste in music.

Unfortunately due to matters outside my control, my slot with him was cut (so much so that the big bad people in the studio in London cut my ISDN line before I even had the chance to say goodbye to Neil properly) and sadly I never got the chance to chat to him about blogging or Twitter but he still had plenty to say about where he got the idea for Coraline, about stop-motion animation, how he’s every director’s dream, why kids really should be allowed watch horror movies and the reasons to go see Coraline.

You can hear it all by going to the RTE 2fm website at http://2fm.rte.ie/blogs/the_slate/2009/05/interview-with-neil-gaiman.html

A still from the movie Coraline

Coraline, which features the voice talents of Dakota Fanning, Terri Hatcher, Ian McShane, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders is worth checking out no matter what your age.  If you enjoyed The Nightmare Before Christmas (also directed by Henry Selick) or indeed Corpse Bride then you’ll like Coraline.  It’s a gothic horror movie for kids that managed to freak me out  a bit and the stop-motion animation and 3D effect is stunning so for that reason alone it’s worth seeing.  But I bet you’ll get drawn into Coraline’s world and come out thinking,  isn’t Terri Hatcher  (who is the voice of Mother and Other Mother) actually quite good at voicing animated characters.  If Desperate Houswives comes to a premature end,  she should definitely look into it.



About Amanda Fennelly

I work for RTE 2fm as a researcher/contributor. You can hear me on The Colm & Jim-Jim Breakfast Show presenting sport two days a week (usually Mondays and Fridays) plus I also do movie reviews on Friday morning's show. I also look after the RTE 2fm Movies webpage and it's there you can check out my interviews with major movie stars/directors/writers. I'm from Kilkenny (the true home of hurling), support Spurs and am somewhat obsessed with American tv shows.


5 thoughts on “An interview with Neil Gaiman

  • raptureponies

    Oh My God! I cannot wait to see this!

    Stardust is one of my absolute favourites of teh last few years.

    Also Henry Selick – is in Father Ted?

  • ruth crean

    Holy frickin moly, a Neil Gaimen interview, it was great! I’m a huge fan, ever since about 8 years ago my house mate lent me the whole series of Sandman. Can’t wait to see the film

  • Niamh

    Great interview Amanda. Saw him speak before a preview of this a few months ago – he seemed very laid back and friendly kinda guy, amazing how they made this movie too. Must finish my post on the movie itself :)

  • MJ

    Legendary interview! I love-love-love Neil’s crazy imagination. It was actually a love for Terry Pratchett that introduced me to Neil Gaiman [Good Omens] when I was 16 and I haven’t looked back. The Graveyard Book was so good, Stardust was a fantastic film and I still say Neverwhere is the most thrilling book for reawakening your imagination a decade or two after you put down your CS Lewis.

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