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" Always build. If you start at fever pitch, there's nowhere to go. "
" I've always loved science fiction, fantasy, manga, comic books; so I guess, to some degree, those things influence my personal idea of what looks nice, which definitely isn't everyone else's. "
" A friend of mine, Neil Gaiman, had the film rights to his book 'Stardust' bought by producer Matthew Vaughn and suggested I adapt it for the screen. "
" All English people have a fascination with Jack the Ripper. I don't know why, because it's so dreadful, but such a strange, endearing part of our culture. Morbid fascination sums it up. "
" Teenagers come to things fresh and can really teach us an awful lot. "
" People's intolerance, I find puzzling. "
" After starting as a journalist for newspapers and magazines, I began to write books and had success with a novel and four nonfiction books for young adults. "
" You need to be invested in what happens. The characters are your conduit to the story. Many modern horror films are fun but not frightening because one has not connected with the characters. "
" I'm not too easily distracted now I've had practice, but I write with nothing to look at. I used to rent an office that just had a view of a wall! "
" Establish character - otherwise, it is difficult to connect with what is frightening. "
" You can tell a lot in shorthand. "
" I play 'World of Warcraft,' which means I end up hanging out with teenage boys a lot. "
" There is always a reverence issue, and I'm no different from any audience member that if someone's adapting a book or comic that I like, I really don't want them to screw it up. "
" Japanese horror films take the business of being frightening seriously. There is no attempt at postmodernism or humour. They are incredibly melancholy, with a strong emotional core, while remaining absolutely terrifying. "
" I don't think anyone has ever been corrupted by a T-shirt. "
" I don't tend to be a nitpicker when I'm watching movies, so as long as something is true to the spirit of the original, that's very much what we got for. You try to never do something that the original author wouldn't have done themselves. "
" The things you encounter in your formative years always stay with you. "
" I really enjoy the company of my kids... I'm not one of those people who goes 'Yeah, my kids are my mates', that's a dreadful kind of mother, but I'm fortunate that there are times that they do want me around, and I feel lucky that they let me into their world. "
" I've always been drawn to spooky things, to the unusual, to things that are dark but in a friendly way. "
" It's really weird because my house is very ornate, but my writing lair is very, very blank. It's white, the furniture is white. It gives me nothing to look at, so I just have to concentrate! "
" I really enjoy the challenge of adapting. "
" Normally with film, it's normal for the screenwriter to never be seen again after finishing until the premiere. "
" If you're writing a novel, you can afford to see where the spirit takes you, but in terms of structure and engineering with a screenplay, you have to be quite pragmatic; otherwise, it will run away from you. "
" I've yet to meet a bitter teenager. Bitterness, jealousy and jadedness, I think, are the most unattractive qualities in a person, and unfortunately they do seem to come with age. "