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Now that I'm done obsessing about politics, I'm going to obsess about movies. Serenity comes out this weeked, and I'm dragging my husband to a Sunday matinee. I'm hoping the crowds won't be too huge, I hate being around too many people. Also, Mirrormask opens here next week. So yay! Geek movies galore! And because I'm a total goob, I love this interview with Whedon and Gaiman. My favorite bit:
JW: That's the problem with doing anything. Everybody expects you to keep doing it, no matter what.

NG: For me, it's always that Mary Poppins thing. I'll do it until the wind changes. The joy of doing Sandman was doing a comic and telling people, no, it has an end, at a time when nobody thought you could actually get to the end and stop doing a comic that people were still buying just because you'd finished. Probably of all the things I did in Sandman, that was the most unusual and the oddest. That I stopped while we were outselling everybody, because it was done. What everybody wants is more of what they had last time that they liked.

JW: Every other question I get is about the Buffy-verse.

NG: Except the trouble is, as a creator...I saw a lovely analogy recently. Somebody said that writers are like otters. And otters are really hard to train. Dolphins are easy to train. They do a trick, you give them a fish, they do the trick again, you give them a fish. They will keep doing that trick until the end of time. Otters, if they do a trick and you give them a fish, the next time they'll do a better trick or a different trick because they'd already done that one. And writers tend to be otters. Most of us get pretty bored doing the same trick. We've done it, so let's do something different.

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I bet they would make good sysadmins. I often think "sure I could patch 11 or 12 executables onto the command line (grepsedawk) and just have something that mostly works, but if I invest a few hours with perl I coule make this 5 minute task really nice." I realize that sounds a little tangential, but a lot of times you script something just to do it a different way than you did it before. Well, that and being lazy. Otters are opposed to work, right?

Yeah, I think they're mostly food-motivated. Or play. But no working for otters. :)

I take it that means he won't be bringing Firefly back to TV, then? Of course, after seeing the movie, which was very good, mind you, it wouldn't be the same, so it's probably for the best.

I have no idea. He didn't mention it in the interview, but my husband was saying something about Fox owning the rights to the TV show for a very long time.

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