I'm not sure my books would translate into movies very easily. So rather than have someone do a terrible job, I haven't been willing to sell them.
I'm not of the opinion that the next logical step for a book is for it to be made into a film.
There is a contract between the reader and the writer. The readers give me their hard-earned cash, and I have to entertain them.
I hope that in my books there's an undertone of politics, basic tenets of how we should live.
When you're an author, you're always two people. Jasper the writer is different from Jasper the person at home.
Speak to any editor and ask them what they turned down, and they'll have long lists of books.
When I was about 10 or 11, I realised that people made movies; until then, I had thought they just happened.
If you give children the freedom to do very little, quite a lot will do very little.
Class clowns become actors.
I started writing because I wanted to write scripts, but I wasn't very good at it. Then I started writing short stories, sort of as treatments for the film scripts, and I found I enjoyed writing short stories far more than I enjoyed writing film scripts. Then the short stories got longer and longer and suddenly, I had novels.
My mind wanders terribly. I'm not wholly annoyed by my daydreaming as it has been immense use to me as regards imaginative thought, but it doesn't help when it comes to concentration. And writing needs concentration - lots of it.
In the creative industries, there are few things more exciting than a zinger - a thought, idea, line, plot device - anything really, that just totally works in a fundamentally new and fresh way. It's like a uniquely lovely melody or a new taste idea in cooking. Something special, something new, something wonderful. They're also very rare.
Perhaps fantasy offers imaginative escapism more than other genres.
I just write books, and I do it without any notion of what I should do or shouldn't do.
Ill-fitting grammar are like ill-fitting shoes. You can get used to it for a bit, but then one day your toes fall off and you can't walk to the bathroom.
Take no heed of her.... She reads a lot of books.
I didn't set out to discover a truth. I was actually sent to the Outer Fringes to conduct a chair census and learn some humility. But the truth inevitably found me, as important truths often do, like a lost thought in need of a mind.
Individual words, sounds, squiggles on paper with no meanings other than those with which our imagination can clothe them.
The safest course was actually the simplest-do nothing at all and hope everything turned out for the best. It wasn't a great plan, but it had the benefits of simplicity and a long tradition.
Aspects that we consider normal today could very well be repugnant in the future - eating animals, for one thing, or abundant choice, or invasive surgery. I was simply trying to demonstrate that what is acceptable today may not be acceptable forever, and vice-versa.
Prejudice is a product of ignorance that hides behind barriers of tradition.
Yes, and imagine a world where there were no hypothetical situations.
In any regime there is always something that one should agree with, and in Shades there are quite a few notions that, on the face of it, seem like a good thing - the strict adherence to good manners, the fact that learning a musical instrument is compulsory, as is dancing, performing musicals and an hour's Useful Work every day in order to properly discharge your duty to society. But a cage is still a cage, irrespective of the nature of its bars.
The cucumber and the tomato are both fruit; the avocado is a nut. To assist with the dietary requirements of vegetarians, on the first Tuesday of the month a chicken is officially a vegetable.
I could almost see common sense and denial fighting away at each other within her. In the end, denial won, as it so often does.
The inspiration comes from everywhere, from what I grew up with. There's so much silliness and nonsense in the world that we regard as normal working procedure. The satirical point of the view may be to counterpoint that. The way we look at classics has been hijacked by the intelligentsia - Shakespeare is highbrow and seen as something clever people do, which isn't right at all. I basically pull inspiration from everywhere.
I collect ex-boyfriends - and more than five, at last count.
Marriage, like spinach and opera, was something I had never thought I would like.
If the real world were a book, it would never find a publisher. Overlong, detailed to the point of distraction-and ultimately, without a major resolution.
Books may look like nothing more than words on a page, but they are actually an infinitely complex imaginotransference technology that translates odd, inky squiggles into pictures inside your head.
After all, reading is arguably a far more creative and imaginative process than writing; when the reader creates emotion in their head, or the colors of the sky during the setting sun, or the smell of a warm summer's breeze on their face, they should reserve as much praise for themselves as they do for the writer - perhaps more.
Words are like leaves,. . .like people really, fond of their own society.
Religion isn't the cause of wars, it's the excuse.
The Goliath Corporation was to altruism what Genghis Khan was to soft furnishings.
Don't ever call me mad, Mycroft. I'm not mad. I'm just ... well, differently moraled, that's all.
There is much unexplained in the world. It behooves us to be wary at all times. Just when you think you've got the hang of it, along comes string theory, collateralized debt obligations or BjÃ¶rk's new album, and bam! You're as confused as you were when you first started.
Two minds with but a single thought, two hearts that beat as one.
To a great extent, I still write for myself, write what amuses me. Fortunately, I have a quirky sort of strange sense of humor that appeals to other people and that's good. I still sort of write for myself though there are some areas of the book I feel I have to put in and I feel I have to deliver.
the best lies to tell are the ones people want to believe
Humans like stories. Humans need stories. Stories are good. Stories work. Story clarifies and captures the essence of the human spirit. Story, in all its forms-of life, of love, of knowledge-has traced the upward surge of mankind. And story, you mark my words, will be with the last human to draw breath.