5 Reasons Neil Gaiman is a Master Storyteller

Neil Gaiman is one of the most impressive contemporary writers. Why? Because he did all he wanted to do? He wrote a bunch of fantastic novels, comics, even scripts. He is the mastermind behind one of the most amazing novels ever written, American Gods. Even the TV Show is great.

Here are five reasons Neil Gaiman is a master writer.

Children see and know a lot more than grownups

Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Think The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Coraline, Good Omens, or the Graveyard Book. Just like the writer of The Little Prince, Gaiman writes the kind of books adults who never forgot the child within love to read. It makes you remember the joys of being a kid, the way everything you imagined seemed possible, the way you were relentless to assume the world.

There’s always a different world that comes in touch with our world

This different plain is being fed energetically by our world. Think American Gods, where a great deal of gods and other supernatural beings interact with and influence our world, while being the by-product of our own imagination. Quite a strange symbiosis.

Something appears to be normal, but it’s not that normal, and it’s part of a great series of events

This happens in almost all of his stories.

Doors are gateways to a parallel universe

If you open a door, or go through a crack in a wall, then you’ll find yourself transported to a parallel universe inhabited by all sorts of supernatural beings. It’s a recurrent theme of Gaiman’s.

There’s no good and evil

This is most obvious in Good Omens. Good and evil are relative, a thing of perspective. They are not so easy to define, understand, or even fight. The ambivalence of angels and demons is a fantastic metaphor of our own double nature, our own fight with the duality of who we are.

16 thoughts on “5 Reasons Neil Gaiman is a Master Storyteller

  1. Hear, hear! I don’t need reasons though, Gaiman is one of my most beloved authors, next to C.S. Lewis and Tolkien. I’ve read his ‘Norse Mythology’ recently, ‘Neverwhere’ is my favorite and ‘The Ocean…’ was too spooky 😉 and it’s a shame I’m way too dumb to appreciate Sandman series fully. Cheers!

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  2. I am one of those adults whose inner child is alive and kicking and I love Neil Gaiman’s stories a lot. I feel his kinship with Ray Bradbury in The Ocean at the End of the Lane. I look forward for more intriguing encounters.

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  3. Great post! To your first point, I once had the pleasure of seeing Neil Gaiman talk, and he answered a question I posed, which was, “Which age group do you prefer writing for — children, teens, or adults?”

    Gaiman answered, “I honestly don’t think very much about writing for age groups, and I’m also very very aware that even if you’re writing a book for kids, quite often the person reading it to them is going to be an adult, and they had better enjoy it too. There are books and stories that I write that I don’t think include kids, but I don’t think it goes the other way. I think that my kids books are books that adults and kids can read, but that my adult books are probably boring for kids.”

    Here’s the link to the article I wrote about it:

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  4. Thanks for sharing, yes I love Neil Gamain, haven’t read many of his books but love Coraline and one of his quotes are one of my favourites: “I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
    Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.” Peace and blessings! 🙂

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  5. It’s like you read my mind, that’s exactly what I was thinking about a couple of days ago, especially related to Good Omens! I love this man and the way he writes, it’s like he’s reaching into us to wake up the child with stories and ideas we had no idea we want to read but ultimately adore.

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  6. My very favorite (living) author! I think the point about children is especially good…so many authors (and adults in general) don’t treat children as people, and Gaiman absolutely does…it’s one of my favorite parts of his writing, that he respects the intelligence of all people and beings.

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  7. Yes! Check out the movie “How to Talk to Girls at Parties,” based on Gaiman’s short story and directed by John Cameron Mitchell. It isn’t getting nearly the attention that it deserves. Gaiman’s and Mitchell’s world views work together beautifully.

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