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The Ongoing Scott Pilgrim Review: Part 2

A few observations, in no particular order:
  • I think I may have imagined the Bass Battle sounding like Queen's 'Brighton Rock', but I'm having a great time flicking between the two tracks trying to figure out if they sound even remotely similar.
  • That's twice I've seen this film now, and I'm pretty sure that both times, it hasn't been projected properly, because a) I'm sure I read something about aspect ratio shifts in a review somewhere and I haven't noticed any and b) Other Scott's intro box thingy always seems to get slightly cut off. I have a feeling I may not get to see it properly until it comes out on DVD.
  • There's this one line I can never quite remember, but it's when Nega Scott appears and it's one word away from 'This is something I have to do myself' and I always want Cera to say it in a Nicholas Angel voice and he never does.
  • I...didn't get what Roxy meant by 'you'll never be able to do this to her!' first time round, and now I feel hopelessly naive. Side note: I love that Scott and Ramona have an entire conversation in slow-mo.
  • I noticed for the first time the way that that 'Chaos Theatre' was spelt, and couldn't work out whether it was a deliberate mistake, or whether it was a genuine accident arising from having a largely British production team, or whether they used British spellings in Canada, and finally[info]robotinreallife came up with the bright idea of checking the spelling in the books, and it's the same. I did not know that Canadians use British spellings. You learn something new every day. (I know, I know; it is utterly ridiculous that I a) noticed and b) care.)
  • I love how there are no laughs and a few 'aww's when Scott breaks up with Knives, but then everyone cracks up when he sidles awkwardly off the edge of the screen.
  • I left the screening singing along to Sex Bob-Omb's 'Summertime' as it played over the end credits. This movie will destroy my non-existent credibility.
  • So many amazing background lines you can only hear if you're concentrating. I especially love Comeau's 'The first album is much better than the first album' as Scott enters the Chaos Theatre, followed the second time around by 'The comic book is much better than the movie'.
  • And finally, Seamus hasn't read the books but it was the second time he'd seen the movie. I showed him the beginning of vol. 1 on my ipod before we went in. He was amused to discover that the beginning is actually exactly the same.

In other news, this. I am basically reserving any kind of reaction until the level of Neil Gaiman's involvement is confirmed, but I will say that a) if he isn't involved at all then this is a horrible, HORRIBLE idea, and b) I think a TV show is a better idea than a film, if done properly. It's weird; I think it has the potential to work really well, but these characters are so distinct to me that I can't imagine any of them - particularly any of the Endless - being played by an actual human being, although I now want to attempt a casting picspam. Hmmm...


HAHAA I always want him to say it as Nicholas Angel too!

I've seen SP 3 times now and I keep wanting to see it again! Constantly!
This is so going to be my new Hot Fuzz
I used to watch it like every day pretty much
I was ill and stuff so.. I didn't really have a life beyond films so.. don't think of me as a crazy freak who can watch the same thing every day
Even though I totally completely am

Gideon: "I was in a bad place back then" (when he created the League)
and "There are reasons.." (for Ramona to hang out with Scott)
Already everything I want to say comes out as quotes and I have to re-phrase in my head in case they seem too obscure.. even if you have seen it twice

Anyway, back to your post:

I was so excited when I realised that Canadians used British spellings
Just another thing to add to the pile of great things about Canada

I love how there are no laughs and a few 'aww's when Scott breaks up with Knives, but then everyone cracks up when he sidles awkwardly off the edge of the screen.

HAHA YES! I really liked the mix of cute unexpected touching moments mixed with la comedie in the film
It's like that in the books too but it was a bit more comprehensive in the film I found

And speaking of Neil Gaiman (you are) I was in Waterstones with my friend ameliavalentine and I saw Sandman and she loves Neil Gaiman and I was all "Hey I was talking to this person on LJ and they like that and they heart Scott Pilgrim too"
I can't actually remember how that conversation went but... I think you should be friends with her because she likes pretty much a LOT of all what I like soooo she likes a LOT of what you like too
So.. yeah
I've never forced a friend upon anyone on LJ before but I think you'd get on
Tell her I sent you
If.. you know... you want to go


Dude. You do KNOW I'm a crazy freak who can watch the same thing every day, right? :P Seriously, though. I watch either Hot Fuzz or Shaun of the Dead or Spaced (or sometimes all of them) every time I'm hungover. I am a university student. I watch them A LOT. Actually I'm pretty sure I watched Hot Fuzz twice in one day once. And you know what? I bet it was a good day.

I LOVE YOU SO MUCH FOR THROWING REFERENCES INTO NORMAL CONVERSATION. I do that all the time and it's usually to something really stupidly obscure like the commentary on the Shaun of the Dead DVD and everyone's just like 'whuh?' I'm ashamed to say that I probably wouldn't have picked up on those two if you hadn't mentioned them but it's harder over the internet, it's all about tone of voice :P

I actually watch to go and live in Toronto when I finish uni, not even joking. I have done for a while now. Canada is just awesome.

I was indeed speaking of Neil Gaiman. I speak of Neil Gaiman almost as much as I do Edgar Wright (omg, I just checked my tags and that's actually true). Your friend sounds awesome, I shall hop over and add her immediately :) [hops off]
I bet it was a good day too
I'd say I'm approx 97% sure that I've done that multiple times

Christ am I Knives or something? I just legitimately clapped when I read "I do that all the time and it's usually to something really stupidly obscure like the commentary on the Shaun of the Dead DVD and everyone's just like 'whuh?'"
I quote commentaries all the freaking time and it's frustrating knowing people have no clue of the HILARITY I am referencing
I think my favourite line of SP had to be "Where's that from?" "MY OWN MIND!!" because that's how it is with my sister and me. We quote so much that sometimes it gets confusing and we assume things each other says are quotes we've forgotten but really it's just.. us saying stuff.

And yes; tone is key
You've got to like.. do the voices
And I'm not 100% on the exact phraseology so.. yeah. I can understand that explanations are necessary in this medium

I know! Canadians always seem so lovely and laid-back
Same with New Zealanders
Obviously in any places there are exceptions but the general consensus or whatever is nice, laid-back and.. stuff :)
Also both places look reeeeally pretty @_@

Heyyy speaking of your tags (you were) I just saw Adam and Joe residing alongside Edgar, Neil et al and when I clickety-clicked I saw you went to see one of Adam's Bug show thingies!
He came to Jersey a few weeks ago and we went to see his like... he was showing videos and stuff and it was so cute
I love him and you were right to be excited
I was VERY excited. Shaking and everything.
And while I'm on the subject of seeing cute amazing people (I.. am? ..is this getting old now? ...and did that need clarification?), I met Bryan Lee O'Malley at Forbidden Planet the other week at a signing
Ahhhhhh Bryan
Ahhhh Adam
Ahhhhhhhhh adorableness

And yay hoppity hops :B
Pahaaa, forget Knives, I've actually developed my own personal spazzy fangirl clap, because I'm a spaz. The best part is that there are a select few friends who won't even blink if I start clapping in excitement. Oh, and jsyk, if I ever write [flail]? Yeah nine times out of ten I'm actually flailing. I may, however, start using the patented Knives Chau OH MY GOD.

The reference I use which makes the least sense of any of them is 'Native American, Edgar, 'Red Indian' is an old, racist term', which is from the Spaced commentary and is utterly ridiculous because it is never, ever relevant. I cannot remember the last time I had a conversation about Native Americans. That one sentence just comes into my head every now and then. I really need to stop watching Spaced. (Actually, I gave it up for Lent, and that didn't really help.)

ADAMM. I'm going to see him again this Thursday, hurrah! I'm kinda lucky because he lives around here somewhere (my stalker skills have not developed enough to work out which area he lives in, but I'm working on it) and the only two places he does BUG on a regular basis are the BFI in London and the Playhouse in Norwich, and they're usually during the summer holidays so I'm home from uni and I get to gooo :) And I'm doing English, in Birmingham. I'm starting third year in less than a month, and I really don't want to, because third year is my final year and I DON'T WANT TO LEAVE :(

YOU MET BRYAN LEE O'MALLEY. YOU WOULD NOT BELIEVE HOW AMAZINGLY JEALOUS I AM, SERIOUSLY. Is he even more adorable in real life? I'm completely in love with his accent. (And his face.) If there isn't an Edgar/Bryan commentary on the Scott Pilgrim DVD I am actually going to cry.
HAHAAH I loved Knives's OH MY GOD
All the cartoon-y-ish things and expressions in the film were genius

Whenever I write HAHAHAHAHAHA or similar... yeah, I'm genuinely laughing.. or smiling.. I like.. would be laughing if I actually had the energy
And I've currently got a cold at the mo which weirdly makes me laugh a lot (probs the delirium setting in) so take it that I am actually laughing for realsies here
Espesh at the Native American thing ahahah love it
I often have one of Nick Frost's outtakes from Hot Fuzz in my head: "Have you ever fished a guy out of a bonfire and found it to be a trap?"
Also I regularly reference things in the bloody Dead Right commentary! How many people have seen that??!
Also in SP where Lucas Lee says "bucko" in his film on the TV that Wallace is watching it made me think of Dead Right where the murderer says "bucko" then Simon does an impression of him in the commentary..

OH MY GOD *Knives-style ob-vi-oussslyy* I hadn't actually considered a Edgar/Bryan commentary!!! SO EXCITED!!!!!!!
I was thinking OH MY GOD the DVD extras are going to be IMMENSE and I naturally expected commentaries but... I didn't think about an Edgar and Bryan one!!!!


Yes, Sherlock it IS bloody Christmas! And the DVD had better be out before then or the suspense may well kill me!

He so cute

Aw man that sucks
All my friends have left school and I'm repeating my last year (I was ill last year) so it's so lonely!
I can't wait to go to uni :)

WOOOOOO YESOUSY (that's like.. me saying "YES!" to jealousy)
YES he was insanely adorable I was like in awe of him and his adorableness
I want to be his friend or wife or whatever
Piss off, Hope! I know where you live and stuff! Ima force you to divorce (rhyme time)
HAHA joking HAHAHA *really false laughter to try to play down this lapse in sanity*

You know, I think I might actually have said "Have you ever fished a guy out of a bonfire and found it to be a trap?" in the middle of a perfectly normal conversation the other day. I have no idea what we were talking about. Luckily it was one of the few people I know who actually understands it ;) I think my personal favourite is 'Tim Messenger...foolishly confronted you at the village fete, after his own bollocks fell off.' Yarp.

Aw, good luck with your last year! Do you know what uni you want to go to/what you want to study? I'm now in the situation that a lot of my friends are in the year below me, so they're all still going to be studying when I leave. I'm actually considering trying to get a job in Birmingham just so I can still see them all. I'd miss them too much!

Yes, yesousy. That is the exact word for the emotion I am feeling right now, because it expresses jealousy but also I'm like 'YES!' for you that you got to meet him (just imagine me punching the air). I think I'd settle for friend, just because I like that Bryan and Hope are both comic artists, I think it's really cute. They're like the Brangelina of the comic book world, only better. And without the small African children. And I don't like Angelina Jolie. But still, COMIC POWER COUPLE IS AWESOME.
I'm glad you do it too! I need to re-watch
It's been a while
Need a refresher

I regularly greet people with "Hi-hi" a la Tim Messanger and say "bye" in the Liz "Bye bye bye bye bye bye" way.. but I suppose they're like some of the least obscure things to quote/use in (/at the end/beginning of) everyday conversation because people don't have to actually get that they're references!
Low risk.

Thanks! It's been going great so far :) I'd like to hopefully go to either Winchester (I instantly took a liking to it for the Shaun pub name! - then it has the absolute PERFECT course for me so it's like fate or something!) or Chichester (which, like Winchester is really beautiful and has an almost perfect course too) to do Creative Writing and Film Production. I'd like to be a writer/director a la Edgar ♥_♥

Yeah, I can imagine it being so hard thinking of leaving them. Sounds like a good idea to find somewhere close for a bit then you can all leave at the same time
Unless you find something amazing elsewhere of course but it's nice to ease yourself in kind of thing :)
What kind of job would you like ideally?

Yeah I do think Bryan and Hope must have a lovely relationship and of course I wouldn't like to break that up but ah.... IF NEEDS MUST
When proper grown ups ask me what kind of job I want I usually say 'I'm not sure, maybe something in publishing or journalism' but the truth is I want to be a writer. I think I always have. I should be the Simon to your Edgar, man. We'd be awesome. Creative Writing and Film Production sounds like an AMAZING course, btw. I've done a couple of modules in European Film while I've been at uni, and they were SO much fun. I should maybe have considered doing a joint honours course, but I never studied film at high school so I didn't know how much I loved it. But hey, I love my course, so it's all good :)
I've always wanted to be a writer too :)
Have you managed to do anything in your spare time?
I know I should keep practicing but it's hard to get into it!
I usually end up watching a film instead!
But it's good to get inspiration

Yeah, I've always loved films and they got me through being ill at home for so many years (since I was seven I've had stomach aches and got slowly pretty reclusive and depressed - getting a lot LOT better lately though!) but it wasn't until I saw Hot Fuzz a few years ago that I saw all the whip pans and got really excited about maybe making films of my own - realised it was something I'd really love to do :)
I still want to be an author too but writing for films and being able to sort of speak to people on such a big scale is so fantastic to me

And yes! I have a best friend called Laura who is a brilliant writer and my sister teetersslow is brilliant too - they're both hilarious - so I feel like we should create a massive writing team - you could join our gang!
Create a new show like Doctor Who with loads of writers, loads of input

What kind of European film have you looked at? I've only seen like Amelie and Paris Je T'aime - sadly very little!
omg I'm exactly the same! I always intend to start writing, but I get SO easily distracted, it's ridculous. I did NaNoWriMo last year and really loved it, though; I think I just need something to keep me motivated. I'll probably do it again this year.

I'm not actually sure when I became interested in film as a medium rather than just as a source of entertainment. It might have been when I started uni, possibly, although I think it happened fairly recently because I enjoyed last year's film module much more than I did the one before it.

I loved Paris Je T'aime! And if you like Amelie then you should definitely see A Very Long Engagement - it's directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and has Audrey Tatou and Gaspard Ulliel in and it's loovely. In terms of stuff I've studied...my favourite was probably the German film Run Lola Run. It's weird, I always just think of it as something I've studied and forget that I actually really love it. Also...uh, Salvador Dali's 'Un Chien Andalou' (crazy surrealists are crazy), Georges Melies's 'An Impossible Voyage' (not unlike a 1904 French version of the Mighty Boosh, I think a train gets eaten by the moon. Or was it the sun?), Schlondorff's 'Die Blechtrommel' (MORE DISTURBING THAN DALI, NOT EVEN JOKING). And, for some reason, Sally Potter's 'Orlando' and Ken Loach's 'The Wind that Shakes the Barley' which are both in English (ok, so I suppose England is in Europe, whatever). Those last two are both awesome, by the way. And 'The Wind that Shakes the Barley' has Cillian Murphy in it. Um, nom.


Oh and jsyk, I'm making this icon my dp, because IT IS JUST TOO DAMN CUTE. mmkay?
I'd love to do something like NaNoWriMo but I can never be bothered
My school is always super into the Commonwealth essay competition and I always mean to enter but never get round to it!

That's so weird! I was thinking about Run Lola Run the other day for the first time in ages because.. well I can't remember why (probably listening to The Kinks whilst jogging? IDK IDK.. well, defo not as I am way not active but.. yeah) but I've wanted to see it for ages because Edgar listed it as a favourite a couple of years ago
And I love Dali! I did a project on his life and work in primary school and we went to his museum thing in Spain last year - so good! Never seen any of his films though - look forward to recherching! Even if they are apparently... a little strange!

I very nearly ordered The Wind that Shakes the Barley a few weeks ago solely for Cillian perving purposes but didn't in the end as it looked a tad boring/depressing.. is it good?
I'll look out for the others too
I love films - I feel like even if they're bad you learn something from them!
Although I did watch Disco Pigs for Mr Murphy and that was one of the worst things I've ever seen
Still have no clue what the point in it was :/


YAY! I love that icon/picture so s'all cool!
It's weird to be conversing with the same icon but also there is no such thing as too much Wright + Pegg so..
Oh, let's just spam this whole comment thread with this one icon, it's already a Wright/Pegg-fest anyways :P

I know what you mean about NaNoWriMo, it does feel like a mammoth task, but once you get into it it's not so bad, and it's only 1667 word per day. Let me know if you feel like doing it this year; it's easier to stay motivated if you've got people nagging you to go write stuff, and even easier if you've got people doing it with you :)

EDGAR LIKES RUN LOLA RUN? I didn't even know that :D though now you mention it, I can kinda see why he would. You should definitely watch it. It doesn't look like it, but it always makes me feel happy. As for Dali...well, there's a famous scene involving a razor blade and an eyeball. And I suppose if you've studied his work, you already know about the ants thing. And...the dead donkey thing...

I LOVE The Wind that Shakes the Barley. I wouldn't say it's boring - I've seen it quite a few times - but yeah, it's depressing. It makes me feel ashamed of being English. Word of advice: don't watch that and Michael Collins in the same day, like I once did. Although, speaking of Cillian perving purposes, have you seen 28 Days Later? With the [cough] full-frontal nudity? (Um, it's also a really good film, honest?) Oh, and Sunshine, which is one of my favourite films EVER, and also has Chris Evans in it, yay! (That's actually hilarious.)

What're you doing at uni by the way?
Forgot to ask and just remembered as I was proof-reading
Not sure why I proof-read after posting.. tad pointless n'est pas?
But this P.S. is getting in because of it so I suppose it wasn't wasted
(Sorry, I'm now catching up on your posts :p)
I love all your observations :)
The film is pure brilliance! I mist see it again. I mean, it's one of those films I could watch every day for FOREVER.
I loves it, but I think that much is clear!

Moving on to Sandman
*eyes bulge and then narrow at article*
If Gaiman is not involved, it will be HIDEOUS and I will gouge my eyes out (metaphorically, of course) and be very upset. It's a bad idea if he's not involved, because they would kill it, I'm sure. I don't even think they could find the right people to play the Endless, let alone Morpheus. Though I hope to be proved wrong.
I like the idea of the series, though as it will let them explore character and plotline development more, rather than a movie which would skip over all the interesting and good bits.
But also, on a side note, I'm interested by the 'Death: The High Cost of Living' movie project (as Gaiman is involved and all, it excites me more than the other idea)
I'll shut up now!
Every article I've read about the Sandman stuff seems to be more 'Neil Gaiman's not currently involved BUT WE'RE TRYING TO GET HIM ON BOARD HONEST' than the last. I think they're already aware that all the fans are going to hate it if Gaiman isn't involved, and there's no way it's going to go anywhere if the fans of the comic aren't going to watch it. That's exactly what I thought about it being a TV show rather than a movie, though. The books are so complex and detailed that every time I try to explain a bit I end up going 'oh and that links back to this bit in volume 4...and actually there's this bit in volume 2 that...oh just go and read the whole series!' There's no way you could fit it into a 2 hour movie.

But seriously, can you imagine any living actor being suitable for Morpheus? Or Death? Or (god help us) Despair? To be fair, I love Morpheus so much that I'm probably just being overprotective because I don't want to see him destroyed :P

OMG, they're making that into a movie? I had absolutely no idea! Actually, 'Death: The High Cost of Living' and 'Endless Nights' are the only two I haven't read, I think. I'll get right on it ;)
Yeah. They wouldn't do it if the fans won't watch it. There would literally be no point whatsoever. I mean it's not going to appeal to many people who haven't previously heard of it, much as I'd like to think it would.
Yeah, it would have to be a LOTR-Style-Epic if it was going to work as a movie, and really, I'm pretty sure they wouldn't be bothered making t.
TV show could work, if done WELL. I've seen too many things I love destroyed on screen because of some idiot who hasn't even read it decided it might be cool to make a movie.

NO. There is no one suitable, but like I siad, I'd love to be proved wrong. The only person I can ever see as Morpheus is Gaiman himself if I'm honest, because the actor would have to know Morpheus down to a T. He's too complex for someone who just sees it as a job to play him well.
They would, I'm sure, turn Death into some giggly goth with no brain. That would kill me inside.
Despair... not even going there.
Yeah, me too, really. Like Gaiman said 'I'd rather see no Sandman movie than a bad Sandman movie' and he's right.

Yeah! Shia Le Boeuf (sp? I can never spell that boy's name. He should just make it easier to spell, I mean jeesh, what's his problem. Sorry, rambling, I do that!) has been interested for years. He was going to play the lead guy, but they didn't get funding, and he might be a tad too old now, or so Gaiman says.
I haven't managed to read 'Death:...' either, as (honestly though it's a bit embarassing) I'm fairly new to Sandman. I know, crime against humanity, but I loved Gaiman's books, (though I've still yet to read American Gods, I have no idea why I haven't read it yet! THOUGH I have listened to part of the audio book, and decided I'd rather read it, but I never have money on me when I plan to buy the book. once again, rambling.)and wondered why I'd never read Sandman, as I really like graphic novels, and ADORE Gaiman. I fell in love automatically, and still think I'm an idiot for not reading sooner, but what can you do?
I need to read it, too >.<
Basically, if it's not amazing, it will be awful. I really don't think there can be anything in between on this one. As for a LOTR-style epic, that could totally work, but I think it would actually have to be, like LOTR, one film per book, and I really can't see any studio committing to 10 films.

Gaiman as Morpheus, oh my word, that would be wonderful! I mean, obviously, he's not actually an actor, but still. I think, ideally, you'd need someone who has read and loved the books like the fans have - not just as research for a role, but, like, independently. But where are you going to find someone who is suitable for the part AND a fan of the books AND talented enough to portray Morpheus properly? I just can't see it happening.

Oh, pshht, don't be embarrassed about being new to Sandman. I only started reading them in, like, May of this year, it's just that I have a tendency to get so obsessively addicted to stuff that within months I'm talking like I'm a lifelong fan :P I've been a Gaiman fan for a few years, though. You must, MUST read American Gods; I think it's the book that made me a Gaiman fan, and it's the book I'm lending to other people to get them interested in his work (which, so far, is working). It's amazing.

Holy crap I just looked that Death film up on Wikipedia. It's being scripted and directed by Gaiman and produced by Guillermo del Toro? Now THAT'S the sort of thing we need!

You know Gaiman's written an episode for the next series of Doctor Who, right? :D
Exactly. I totally agree with you! For something that epic, it's all or nothing.
Yeah, no studio would do that. One, maybe 3, but 10? Hell no! Which is a tad gutting.

Yeah, I DREAM of that, really. I wish he was also an actor just so he could do it. I mean, he is the ESSENCE of Morpheus. He may not be like him personality wise, but he created this character, he therefore IS the character. (I sould like an idiot, I know. I'm just obsessive.)
Exactly. The nly actor I know who is a fan of the books is Shia (sp?) and he would not work as Morpheus. There's pretty much no one to work with, however, someone familiar with Gaiman's work already could work. But who?

Really? I started in about... June. So not too much difference :) I get obsessedd with stuff like that SO quickly it's crazy. When I like something, I get crazy obsessive sometimes. It's like I have this NEED to catch up on anything I've missed.
Yeah, I've been a Gaiman fan for a while. It started off with Coraline as a kid XD
I know, I know. I mean out of any book of his I can NOT have read, it's like THE book I haven't read, though I haven't read everything. I bought Good Omens earlier this year, actually, and loved that, but it was a toss up between that and AG in the bookstore. It's got Odin in, right? I'm a sucker for Norse mythology, too!

YES. I know, it's going to be AMAZING. Can someone just FUND it so it can make my life? XD
Speaking of Gaiman films - MirrorMask. Do you like it? I love it XD

YES. Have you read the outtake? The Marmite one, on his blog?
I was in HEAVEN when i found that out :) I mean, Gaiman AND Doctor Who? I thought I was going to explode, or implode, or just die of happiness!

You do know that you're a friend for life now, right? No backing out XD You're EPIC! I can never talk to anyone about Gaiman (I'm still trying to convert Coco, starting with Good Omens, because she likes Pratchett, and she spurned my attempts with The Graveyard Book and Neverwhere, though Stardust was pretty promising...) as my friends just groan, and since I'm obsessive, loading it off on non-Gaiman-fan strangers makes them think I'm crazy, and back away/shuffle off, and they never talk to me again.


P.S. I hope my enthusiasm doesn't weird you out just a bit... I'm just happy! haha XD
I still haven't seen MirrorMask :( It's on my Lovefilm rental list, but so is a hell of a lot of other stuff, so it may not come through for a while. I do really want to see it, though.

I am so unbelievably excited for Gaiman's episode of Doctor Who. It's funny because when that story broke, I think either they hadn't announced the new Doctor, or the new series hadn't started yet? But I was still really excited, and then once I saw what Eleven was like, I realised how well Matt Smith and Gaiman go together; better than Tennant would have done, I think.

I'm liking the sound of 'friend for life' :D I don't think I know a single person in real life who's read the Sandman books - most of my friends are like 'eww, comics?' and those who DO read comics are more into manga or Scott Pilgrim-type stuff (which is obviously also awesome, but everyone should read Sandman AS WELL). I've only recently managed to convert a couple of people to Gaiman's prose stuff, and that was mostly because it's on the reading list for one of our modules (that's right, I get to study Neil Gaiman, SERIOUSLY HOW AWESOME IS MY UNI?)

Your enthusiasm is not remotely weird. I'm stupidly enthusiastic when it comes to fangirling, in a squeeing, flailing sort of way. (Does that even make any sense?) But actually I'm having a bit of a crap week and every time I come back to these comments you two cheer me up, so I'm happy too :)
:O You actually MUST.
It's such a good film, I loved it so much :) STEPHEN FRY AS A LIBRARIAN. Really, what more do you need from life?

Same XD Yeah, something like that... I can't quite remember when the news broke, it's just somewhere in my brain filed under 'exciting doctor who stuff'.
YES! I thought that, too :) Much as I loved Tennant, Smith and Gaiman will be beyond brilliant!

*Phew* that's good, 'cause like I said - no backing out :D
Me neither, actually, which is quite upsetting. I don't get an 'eww comics' reaction from most people as such, I tend to get an 'anamelia's reading her freaky as hell stuff again' reaction, which tends to be pretty much everything I read, apparently >.< But my closest friends just aviod the majority of my reccomendations, because they know they'll either be amazing books they'll love, or be a bit odd, and they won't like them. Gaiman tends to be filed under 'odd'.
'and those who DO read comics are more into manga or Scott Pilgrim-type stuff' I get this, too. I feel like saying 'look, there are other amazing comics out there too!'
:O YOU WHAT? I WANT TO GO TO YOUR UNI NOW! What novels/short stories are you studying? Also, what's the module?
I'm so jealous :'(

Good! Haha, I'm like that! I do that odd jumpy thing where your arms flap, a bit like a baby dino (does that make sense?) while you sqeak. I also have a tendancy to 'happy clap' which most people find HILARIOUS.
I'm glad I can cheer you up, you cheer me up, too :)

P.S. Sorry about dleayed reply, I've been ill, and with me, that generally means computer absence for some odd reason!
I DIDN'T KNOW STEPHEN FRY WAS IN IT! Man, now I HAVE to watch that film. I think I want to be a librarian.

I think Smith's just...the right kind of crazy to fit into a Gaiman episode, y'know? Like, Tennant was kinda LOOK AT ME I'M KOOKY AND WACKY, TRALALAAA, and I loved him for it, but Smith's a bit more '...no, seriously, is he actually, like...insane?' He's got an EDGE, dammit. (I'm not quite sure what I mean by that, but he definitely has one.)

I think my friends' reactions to me trying to make them read stuff is usually 'Yes, Abi, I'll definitely read it, I promise', and then...not reading it. Probably because it's easier than saying no and having to listen to me going 'But why? Why won't you read it? It's good, I want someone to discuss it with, read it!' (yes I am exactly like this.)

The module that contains Gaiman is called Fantasy and Fandom, and it is my favourite module ever and I don't even start it until January. I think we're studying some stuff from Smoke and Mirrors - can't quite remember what, but the general theme is how contemporary fantasy authors draw on medieval romance (I think), so I think 'Chivalry' was in there, and maybe a couple of others. It's an AMAZING module. Apart from the fact that it's about fantasy and medieval romance - which are basically my two favourite genres - we also get to study Tolkien. And C. S. Lewis. And Le Morte Darthur. And Phillip Pullman. And Terry Pratchett. (I found out about this module when I was still in my first year, at least a year before we even got to choose our third-year programme. I am VERY EXCITED.)

Pahaaa, your description sounds EXACTLY like what I do when I'm excited, right down to the baby dino impression :P and I happy clap too, no joke! Sometimes it just has to be done, right?
:O You didn't? Okay, he's not in it for very long, granted, and okay... it's just his voice and mouth, but MY GOD does he make the CUTEST damn librarian you've ever seen! His 'shoo' (or something like that) made me 'awhh!' and squee like a fangirl. I kid you not XD
I used to want to be a librarian XD I want to be a journalist now. But hey, by the end of uni, I may want to be a trapeze artist - you never know with me :p

Yes, I completely agree with you! (Are you stealing my mind? Are you? HAVE YOU GOT COBB?! (I hope you understood that referance, if not, well, there's a nice looking hole over there I can crawl into...))
I loved Tennant to pieces, but with Gaiman? No. Just no. Smith is definately the kind of guy you look at and think 'Is he actually just mental, or is he THAT amazing'. I'd like to think he's both, simultaneously.
Yes, he has an edge. he has THE EDGE (not the U2 guitarist, obviously.).
Also, your 'TRALALAAA' seriously made me think of Labyrinth!

My friends do that too, it's so annoying!
Oh, I'm like that too. I'm like 'Read the bloody book so I don't have to talk to MYSELF about it. There's this amazing twist I want to share, and if you don't read the book, I'll stalk you until you give in!' So actually my reaction is far more extreme than yours... :s
I also tend to go 'have you read it yet?' until they start ignoring me...

It sounds so amaingly incredible! I think I NEED something like that module! I met a Gaiman fan when I went on the open day to Sussex, but was too scared to actually open my mouth and SPEAK to him. Also, instead of going 'I bloody adore Neil Gaiman' when asked my favourite books, I said 'I like fantasy quite a lot, but I'll read most things'.Perhaps that was for the best!
I want to CRY that module sounds so amazing! I want to do it *sad face*
I'm excited FOR you!!! XD

Haha! I love you even more! *huggleses* Baby Dino impression and all, that's just amazing! <3 You happy clap? OMFG! I happy clapped when I read that you happy clap. I'm seriously lame >.<
It does indeed just HAVE to be done.
I did it before, during and after Scott Pilgrim, I do it when films I love come out on DVD, when books I've been waiting for come out, oh, and I stroke the books too. Which may seem a little odd, but oh well!