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Ken Houghton

"In Stardust all that is at risk is the happiness of the two main characters."

I thought it was rather clear that if Mrs. David E. Kelley and her sisters have their way, MUCH more is at stake for the rest of the world.


"Life is pain. Anyone who says differently is selling something."

velvet goldmine

I've gotten really intrigued by Neil Gaiman in a rather back-end way; an offbeat perfume company I admire has dozens of perfumes based on his work -- there's a Stardust line with a different scent meant to capture each of the major characters, there's an American Gods line of scents, and a few others.

If I were a boy I suppose I'd know all about his stuff, but trust me to get interested in the girliest of girly ways. (Perfume, not Lance Mannion.)


Ken Houghton: I thought it was rather clear that if Mrs. David E. Kelley and her sisters have their way, MUCH more is at stake for the rest of the world.

See, Ken, this wasn't clear to me. It seemed to me that if they got their hands on the Star's heart they were just going to give themselves another half dozen centuries of typical fairy tale witches' witchery. What scene did I miss?


Oh, dear. A New Year's Resolution: I will pull A Princess Bride DVD off the TV cart where it's been for two years and watch it for the first time before...before...well, before the taxes are due.

There. I'm publicly committed to doing something.

velvet goldmine

LInkmeister: Don't do it! Everyone who watches it becomes obsessed with it. It's better to just leave it alone. Take it from someone who has chased her children around the house with a broom and the Inigo Montoya speech since they were toddlers.


Gaiman isn't just a blogger. He's practically the Ur-Blogger. He's been doing it for ages and doing it very, very well.

(Also, I shouldn't read posts in reverse-chronological order.)

VG: I assume you're referring to the "black phoenix alchemy lab"? Oddly enough, there have been a number of Gaiman fans (they are absolutely LEGION and significantly "girly") who discovered BPAL through the scents based on his work.

A neater bit of cross-promotion, I've rarely seen.

As for Golden Compass, I think it faced the same problem that an adaptation of American Gods would face: pacing issues that come from adapting a rather far-flung novel to film.

It's like adapting The Watchmen: it can be done, but there's a gigantic risk that it will lose its heart and soul in the process.

velvet goldmine

Demosthenes: Yes, it's BPAL. Since I've yet to sampled any of their scents or an NG books yet, I can't speak to the sensory synergy; can you?

But certainly the BPAL forum posters themselves are a pretty ardent and active community, so I can see why the twain would meet.

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