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.


4 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!

  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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