I think I was… sixteen when I first read American Gods – although my relationship with Neil Gaiman books is much older than that, as I can still remember my parents sending me to bed at 10 and sneaking off to read Neverwhere, and that couldn’t have happened that late in my life. I read it and I bought into it straight away; so, when it transpired that American Gods was making it onto the small screen, I was as hyped as one can be.
To be perfectly honest, I was not quite sure how one could bring American Gods to film or TV. It is a very… bizarre book. In the good sense of the world, of course, as that is exactly what makes Gaiman’s writing so good – how it is just odd enough, but at the same time it is difficult to translate this into another medium. Anyone who has read the book or seen the show knows that all the potential difficulties can be symbolized by just one character: Bilquis.
And she is just one character.
But episode one hit and I was in love. The attention to the book’s details was simply touching, right up to the correct songs playing on the radio, the atmosphere was there, the characters were there, the new scenes were absolutely beautiful, everything worked. Even the bizarre parts. I couldn’t believe my luck, really.
This is not a show for everyone though and by all means it is not a perfect show either, so before I start swooning over Mr Wednesday, let me start with a little plot summery.
Spoiler warning: Minor spoilers ahead. I will keep my mouth shut about major plot twists and important events, however. [Read more…]