Gaiman's American Gods
ferricide at hotmail.com
Fri Oct 12 16:23:08 EDT 2001
>>as i think i said in another post, i also felt like he basically
>>lifted richard mayhew from douglas adam's hitchhiker's guide's
>>arthur dent, and sent him to play in the london sewers.
>I think this objection is, perhaps counter-intuitively, a sign that
>you're not as perspicacious as you think you are.
i hate to be rude, but it takes two -- somehow, i doubt you're as clever as
you think you are. i've been kind of stewing over this message for a couple
of days since you are, to some degree, right. of course richard mayhew and
arthur dent aren't the only characters that seem similar in the whole
pantheon of british literature. however, just because that's so, doesn't
mean that mayhew isn't at least influenced by dent, which i think is
probably a better word than 'lifted.' my vague contempt for neverwhere,
which i think is an example of neil gaiman 'not really trying' influenced me
besides the obvious similarities in the charatcers, i think the telling data
is that neil gaiman wrote a guidebook to the hitchhiker's guide ('don't
panic!') and just generally was influenced by douglas adams. he respects the
man very deeply, and the hitchhiker books were coming out right as he was
getting his start as an author. of course, this is partially conjecture, but
i think it's all reasonable. so, while it's not a stunning realisation, it's
certainly one that i think has some merit.
i'm deciding to give the DWJ mailing list one more go despite the fact that
the conversations usually seem to go this way for me -- either dead ending
or someone who thinks he's a Very Smart Guy (MLs and forums are full of
you!) jumps down my throat. but, i'm tired of letting Very Smart Guys win,
so i'm back. since your attitude was not appreciated by some other list
members, either, i feel a little better about myself.
[ christian nutt - ferricide at hotmail.com ]
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