Neil Gaiman, author of Stardust, Coraline and American Gods, is having his short story “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” adapted for film by director John Cameron Mitchell.
There are very few words to describe the supreme talent of Neil Gaiman when it comes to writing engaging fantasy novels, but the fact that two of them (Stardust and Coraline) have been adapted into well-received films speak volumes for the universal appeal of his work.
Now, director John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Itch, Shortbus) is planning to adapt a small gem of Gaiman’s. “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” (available for free at his blog, so you can’t not read it, guys) is a short story following a rather awkward teenage boy, Enn, and his experience of talking to girls at a house party he goes to in South London.
Of course, it becomes rather obvious that these girls are, in fact, aliens on a school trip to our world, and it all ends rather darkly, but the story itself is classic Gaiman: tense, dark, witty and introspective to the point of emotional discomfort. It’s an easy read, and hopefully it’ll make for an even easier watch – especially as we doubt Mitchell will turn a ten-minute read into a two-hour film!
More on this to come – you can count on it!