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Posted on Wednesday 20 February 2013 at 2:30 pm

Neverwhere radio adaptation dates


bratty_jedi at 10:46 pm on 20 February 2013 (UTC) (Link)
Two main issues...

First, it is Gaiman's first solo novel, second novel after co-writing Good Omens, and it is too clearly the work of a young novelist without the depth in style that he develops later. Everything - characters, scenes, etc. - seems a little flat and underdeveloped to me. Many writers, professional ones, never even get as good as Gaiman was here, but knowing how much more he can do later makes this one never quite measure up for me. Even Stardust, his next adult novel unless my timeline is off, is much more fully realized.

Second, it just feels very episodic and doesn't flow well as one piece. That's obviously because it was a novelization of an episodic mini-series, but he didn't smooth it out enough in making the transition to novel form in my opinion so it is always jarring to me, almost like watching a DVD of an old TV show and being able to pick out exactly where all the commercial breaks were when it was originally broadcast.

I've always loved Neverwhere in the idea and potential but neither existing execution of the idea has wowed me. I'm so very hopeful this one will pull it off.
shayrena at 2:56 pm on 21 February 2013 (UTC) (Link)
I see your point. I read Stardust first and Neverwhere was my second Gaiman-book. I enjoyed it immensely. I was drawn to this whole idea of London below. Maybe I wasn't critical enough, but I don't remember having issues with it. Then again, it's been years, maybe I did have some ;)
bratty_jedi at 3:11 pm on 21 February 2013 (UTC) (Link)
I was drawn to this whole idea of London below.

I think that's exactly it for me as to why I have issues with the book. The idea is so brilliant. The people falling through the cracks, the places being people, all that, is just fantastic. With an idea that wonderful, the execution should be equally amazing and it just isn't for me. I suspect I'm too critical of it, have too high an expectation in many ways, far more than you weren't critical enough.
Unsentimental Fool
unsentimentalf at 10:55 am on 22 February 2013 (UTC) (Link)
The TV series was my first real Gaiman experience and despite everything else he's done that I love in all media I still think of him as "the Neverwhere guy".Having said that, I seldom rewatch it- it feels a bit too much like people acting their characters, rather than the characters being real (with some exceptions. Peter Capaldi was superb, for instance.) Astoundingly creative ideas though. I'm looking forward to the radio play immensely.
bratty_jedi at 11:55 am on 22 February 2013 (UTC) (Link)
For me, I think he'll always be one of the two guys who wrote Good Omens. I'm not even sure Good Omens was my first Gaiman experience. I feel like it might not have been, but I don't remember.

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