April 7, 2012 Leave a comment
Have you ever been in love? Horrible, isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside and mess you up. You build up all these defenses, you build up a whole suit of armor, so that nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life… You give them a piece of you. They didn’t ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn’t your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like ‘maybe we should just be friends’ turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It’s a soul-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. I hate love. -Neil Gaiman.
Neil Gaiman has become one of my favorite authors recently, simply for his quotes like this. There’s not much I can really say about the man. He is exceptionally quirky, witty and a brilliant creator. For people who have never read one of his books, I suggest Neverwhere or American Gods. For anyone who loves Graphic Novels, try Sandman. I’ll try and come up with something original later, but for now I leave this.