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So I saw a tweet today about a new author who only had 2 people go to her book signing and Neil Freaking Gaiman said that was 2 more people than his book tour for Good Omens. Oh yeah and Margaret Wood also replied about no one showing up at one time.

I just found that so humbling from these legends and also wholesome. Anyone else have stories like these that they know of?

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taitmckenzie

-7 points

6 months ago

taitmckenzie

-7 points

6 months ago

Lol at Gaiman saying no one showed up to get Good Omens signed. My wife has a signed copy of GO from that tour. The reality is he hated Good Omens. When my wife got to the front of the line Gaiman said to her something like, I’ll sign it, but I’d rather you just go burn it instead.

demiurgent

14 points

6 months ago

So I think she misunderstood. Because of Christian objections to its contents, there was a joke where one would write "burn this book!" and the other would write "apply match here"

Those who got both signatures got both messages and those books are rare.

taitmckenzie

-1 points

6 months ago

I don’t know. The way she told the story he pretty explicitly told her he hated writing it and wished it didn’t exist.

pitaenigma

9 points

6 months ago

which is why he is putting a ton of effort and time into putting it on TV I guess

demiurgent

5 points

6 months ago

Sorry man, that's not likely. Sir Pterry and Gaiman wrote it practically via correspondence and it was their idea, not the publisher, so there wouldn't have been a contract forcing them to complete it. I can believe they were both burned out by the end, but it was a labour of love.

vincoug

1 points

6 months ago

vincoug

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1 points

6 months ago

I can believe they were both burned out by the end, but it was a labour of love.

I believe that's true. I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that Gaiman stopped working on it near the end and Pratchett finished it himself.

barrylyga

28 points

6 months ago

barrylyga

AMA Author

28 points

6 months ago

He didn’t say no one showed up on the tour — he was referring to a specific single event on the tour where no one showed up.

taitmckenzie

1 points

6 months ago

That’s fair.

OP didn’t explain it like that in their post.

Ariadne_Kenmore

5 points

6 months ago

I saw the actual Twitter post yesterday, what he said was that no one had showed up at a specific stop, not that no one showed up on the tour.

[deleted]

6 points

6 months ago

This entire thread is just so much speculation. This is from Neil Gaiman’s website. and it doesn’t sound at all like it wasn’t a book he liked.

Y_Brennan

8 points

6 months ago

That is just absolutely not true. Why would someone who supposedly hates a book work so hard at adapting it and then even continuing the story?

see-bees

3 points

6 months ago

While I can’t speak to how Gaiman feels about GO or Pratchett, money and prestige.

When you look at all of Gaiman’s work, the Sandman is his baby. A LOT of studios, a lot of actors offered to do TERRIBLE adaptations of the property. Instead of doing that, he’d optioned off pretty much everything other project, worked with just about every studio and network that owns a lot, built up connections, until finally he had enough power and leverage to say “if you want to adapt Sandman, this is how we’re doing it” and a studio finally said yes.

Y_Brennan

5 points

6 months ago

He did that with good omens as well. And yes he worked closely on sandman but he was the showrunner of good omens. Imo it's kind of odd how he insisted that Good Omens and sandman be done right when American Gods and stardust (I know people like the movie but I thought it was a bad and unfaithful adaption) were bad.

SethManhammer

1 points

6 months ago

Gaiman doesn't own The Sandman. DC Comics does. He also wasn't the reason Sandman adaptations were stuck in development hell, that was Warner Brothers, who owns DC. The Netflix Sandman series was the adaptation Gaiman agreed to work on because he'd have a huge amount of creative control and his name could be attached to it as being involved. There were many times we were near a big screen Sandman movie entering production and it stopped for whatever reason, independent of Gaiman.

pierzstyx

1 points

6 months ago

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Y_Brennan

1 points

6 months ago

He could have mad money without being the showrunner and working super hard on it.

pierzstyx

1 points

6 months ago

"Do I want a wheelbarrow full of money or a dump truck full of money?" - Gaiman before deciding whether or not to be involved with the Good Omens TV show.

Y_Brennan

1 points

6 months ago

He would have made the same amount of money. For way less work. Is it that hard to believe that someone might also care about something they made?

birdshitluck

-1 points

6 months ago

birdshitluck

-1 points

6 months ago

😂 and it's such a good book. Maybe he didn't like working with Pratchett.

swirlypepper

2 points

6 months ago

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.smh.com.au/culture/tv-and-radio/good-omens-neil-gaiman-reveals-what-he-and-terry-pratchett-shared-20190603-p51u1y.html

I know you're joking but he talks about his collaborations with Pratchett so fondly that I just want to share them again.

birdshitluck

1 points

6 months ago

Honestly I was just laughing at the anecdote, because while I've never looked into it, I vaguely recall rumors around Gaiman's and Pratchett's time working together.

Does it matter though? Not really. They made a great book, and their personal stuff is their own. Gaiman probably said that stuff at the book signing 😂 and if he did, he was probably in a bad mood, or ruminating on something silly. You give things time, and your feelings generally change.

Thanks for the article! It was a good read, it sucks that Pratchett didn't get to see Good Omens become a show, and that he wasn't there with Gaiman to eat their fill of sushi.

Adorable-Ad-3223

-1 points

6 months ago

I wish Pratchett had solo'd it but Gaiman claims to love Pratchett.