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(SlashFilm)   Here's why HBO passed on an 'American Gods' series. Was it because Neil Gaiman isn't as great as his outspoken fanboys claim and the show would have been a failure with real audiences? I bet that's it   (slashfilm.com) divider line 70
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2014-06-15 02:14:15 PM  
Didn't they basically do American Gods on Supernatural?
 
2014-06-15 02:27:33 PM  

Angela Lansbury's Merkin: Didn't they basically do American Gods on Supernatural?


Well, more like Canadian gods, but their heart is in the right place.

It is good that someone else is working with Gaiman to develop an adaption.
 
2014-06-15 02:51:21 PM  

Angela Lansbury's Merkin: Didn't they basically do American Gods on Supernatural?


That was my favorite episode. Where they are in that swanky motel with an all-you-can-eat pie bar in the middle of nowhere. You'd think that would set off alarm bells.
 
2014-06-15 03:41:26 PM  
Excellent troll, Subby...
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... top notch, top notch!
 
2014-06-15 03:42:19 PM  
I'm not a fantasy fiction fan, but I enjoyed American Gods. Neverwhere is even better.
 
2014-06-15 03:51:17 PM  
Just read the synopsis on Wiki. So which one came first, Scion(White Wolf RPG) or American Gods? Because they are exactly the same premise.
 
2014-06-15 03:53:20 PM  
Neverwhere is written to be a fun adventure film. Where are the treatments to get that made?  Seems such a waste to not bring that to live action.

I appreciate HBO's ballsy move in recognizing their limitations; rare for the entertainment industry.
 
2014-06-15 03:54:25 PM  

Cymbal: Just read the synopsis on Wiki. So which one came first, Scion(White Wolf RPG) or American Gods? Because they are exactly the same premise.


Nevermind, Scion wasn't published until 2007. Holy cow is that a ripoff.
 
2014-06-15 03:57:17 PM  

SomethingInYourTeeth: Neverwhere is written to be a fun adventure film. Where are the treatments to get that made?  Seems such a waste to not bring that to live action.

I appreciate HBO's ballsy move in recognizing their limitations; rare for the entertainment industry.


Back in 1996.  I thought it was OK but not a great adaptation.
 
2014-06-15 03:58:13 PM  

SomethingInYourTeeth: Neverwhere is written to be a fun adventure film. Where are the treatments to get that made?  Seems such a waste to not bring that to live action.

I appreciate HBO's ballsy move in recognizing their limitations; rare for the entertainment industry.


Seriously?  You know that Neverwhere...ah, nevermind.
 
2014-06-15 04:05:33 PM  
Neverwhere is written to be a fun adventure film. Where are the treatments to get that made? Seems such a waste to not bring that to live action.

i.imgur.com

Not sure if serious.
 
2014-06-15 04:17:36 PM  
Pre-GOT HBO: this is a complicated plot that will involve an invested viewer.

Post-GOT HBO: it's got a gay djinn blowing his demon load all over middle easterner's face - sign us up.
 
2014-06-15 04:18:58 PM  

Cymbal: Cymbal: Just read the synopsis on Wiki. So which one came first, Scion(White Wolf RPG) or American Gods? Because they are exactly the same premise.

Nevermind, Scion wasn't published until 2007. Holy cow is that a ripoff.


Erm... how is Scion the exact same premise or a rip off of American Gods? Details, please.
 
2014-06-15 04:20:40 PM  

hubiestubert: Well, more like Canadian gods, but their heart is in the right place.


Hey there, I'm the God of Maple Syrup and this here's the God of Bacon, eh?
 
2014-06-15 04:22:07 PM  

jaytkay: I'm not a fantasy fiction fan, but I enjoyed American Gods. Neverwhere is even better.


Yep, I enjoy both of them. Not as big of a fan of Anasi Boys but liked it enough. Have they ever tried an animated or claymation version of Graveyard Book yet?
 
2014-06-15 04:22:51 PM  

Mentat: hubiestubert: Well, more like Canadian gods, but their heart is in the right place.

Hey there, I'm the God of Maple Syrup and this here's the God of Bacon, eh?


I'm a Canadian monotheist
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-06-15 04:30:52 PM  

hubiestubert: Angela Lansbury's Merkin: Didn't they basically do American Gods on Supernatural?

Well, more like Canadian gods, but their heart is in the right place.

It is good that someone else is working with Gaiman to develop an adaption.


No, Canada, you don't get to claim Supernatural just because show is filmed there. It is set in the US, the producers are American, the majority of the actors, (especially the three leads) are American, majority of the characters are Americans and the writers are American.

If Canada got to claim every show that was filmed within their borders, the vast majority of American television would actually be Canadian. Because it is cheaper to film there than it is in the US.
 
2014-06-15 04:39:35 PM  
There are a handful of Sandman issues that are great.  Beyond that he has never written anything good.
 
2014-06-15 04:44:59 PM  

AlgertMan: There are a handful of Sandman issues that are great.  Beyond that he has never written anything good.


...as opposed to your astounding body of literature that makes angels weep.
 
2014-06-15 04:50:05 PM  
Bummer. It was a good book.
 
2014-06-15 05:05:53 PM  
I didn't RTFA, but I assumed it was because they wouldn't/couldn't figure out how to portray someone being literally engulfed by a vagina.
 
2014-06-15 05:07:22 PM  
TheManofPA:
Yep, I enjoy both of them. Not as big of a fan of Anasi Boys but liked it enough. Have they ever tried an animated or claymation version of Graveyard Book yet?

I'm sure Laikia will get around to it after Boxtrolls.


And to be fair, the original BBC production of Neverwhere was pretty darn bad, even by BBC standards. Suffered from lack of budget itis. The radio drama is pretty fun.
 
2014-06-15 05:08:00 PM  
Not everything needs to be adapted for visual media.
 
2014-06-15 05:08:35 PM  

AlgertMan: There are a handful of Sandman issues that are great.  Beyond that he has never written anything good.


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I disagree, you ignorant slut.
 
2014-06-15 05:15:56 PM  

Dumb-Ass-Monkey: I didn't RTFA, but I assumed it was because they wouldn't/couldn't figure out how to portray someone being literally engulfed by a vagina.


Use your imagination. It's like you're not even trying.
 
2014-06-15 05:19:09 PM  

Dumb-Ass-Monkey: I didn't RTFA, but I assumed it was because they wouldn't/couldn't figure out how to portray someone being literally engulfed by a vagina.


Expand your porn searches.
 
2014-06-15 05:27:21 PM  

Dumb-Ass-Monkey: I didn't RTFA, but I assumed it was because they wouldn't/couldn't figure out how to portray someone being literally engulfed by a vagina.


If I remember correctly, the Outer Limits figured out how
 
2014-06-15 05:29:23 PM  
American Gods is a great novella about the supernatural beings of old having trouble adapting to the modern world that was cut to pieces and shuffled into the pages of The Big Book of American Tourist Traps and then glued together with a boring protagonist. It's fun to read, but it's not his best work.
 
2014-06-15 05:45:04 PM  

doglover: It's fun to read, but it's not his best work.


Now with objective proof.

d.gr-assets.com
 
2014-06-15 05:45:24 PM  

Techhell: Cymbal: Cymbal: Just read the synopsis on Wiki. So which one came first, Scion(White Wolf RPG) or American Gods? Because they are exactly the same premise.

Nevermind, Scion wasn't published until 2007. Holy cow is that a ripoff.

Erm... how is Scion the exact same premise or a rip off of American Gods? Details, please.


I don't know what Scion is, but American Gods has a great deal of similarity to Tim Powers' "Fault Lines" trilogy.
 
2014-06-15 05:50:12 PM  
Find out what it is after the jump.

Why do people still do this?
 
2014-06-15 05:50:42 PM  
I don't really consider myself all that big a fan, when he comes up I'm like oh yeah, I really enjoyed some of his stuff.

With that said.

Pistols at dawn, <b>subby</b>.
 
2014-06-15 05:51:46 PM  

AlgertMan: There are a handful of Sandman issues that are great.  Beyond that he has never written anything good.


You've clearly never read this one:

www.les-lectures-de-cachou.com
 
2014-06-15 05:57:06 PM  

soseussme: AlgertMan: There are a handful of Sandman issues that are great.  Beyond that he has never written anything good.

You've clearly never read this one:

[www.les-lectures-de-cachou.com image 499x667]


Also:
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-06-15 06:05:33 PM  
I loved Ocean at the end of Lane, might not be his best, but damn it was great. I wish it wasn't so short though.
 
2014-06-15 06:09:42 PM  
Probably because you can't have a man-eating vagina on TV.
 
2014-06-15 06:09:49 PM  

doglover: doglover: It's fun to read, but it's not his best work.

Now with objective proof.


Agreed.
 
2014-06-15 06:11:12 PM  
Ocean and the End of the Lane is the most Neil Gaimanesque book Neil's ever written.
 
2014-06-15 06:19:19 PM  
When did Fark turn on Gaiman? I must have missed the memo.
 
2014-06-15 06:30:54 PM  

ConConHead: TheManofPA:
Yep, I enjoy both of them. Not as big of a fan of Anasi Boys but liked it enough. Have they ever tried an animated or claymation version of Graveyard Book yet?

I'm sure Laikia will get around to it after Boxtrolls.


And to be fair, the original BBC production of Neverwhere was pretty darn bad, even by BBC standards. Suffered from lack of budget itis. The radio drama is pretty fun.


The Graveyard book should never be a stand alone series. To be done properly, it should be a subplot or side story in the Dream Cycle. Preferably, a three or four season series with a definite beginning and end and not an open series where the writers forget themselves.
 
2014-06-15 06:31:50 PM  

jaytkay: I'm not a fantasy fiction fan, but I enjoyed American Gods. Neverwhere is even better.


Get out of my head.
 
2014-06-15 06:44:50 PM  

Your_Midnight_Man: Not everything needs to be adapted for visual media.


This.

It's not even that great of a story to begin with.
 
2014-06-15 07:04:07 PM  

SomethingInYourTeeth: Neverwhere is written to be a fun adventure film. Where are the treatments to get that made?  Seems such a waste to not bring that to live action.

I appreciate HBO's ballsy move in recognizing their limitations; rare for the entertainment industry.


The BBC has done 2 radio adaptations, the most recent of which had Cumberbatch as the Angel Islington, Natalie Dormer as Lady Door, and James McAvoy as Richard Mayhew. It was f*cking fantastic.

img.fark.net
 
2014-06-15 07:38:55 PM  

Soulcatcher: SomethingInYourTeeth: Neverwhere is written to be a fun adventure film. Where are the treatments to get that made?  Seems such a waste to not bring that to live action.

I appreciate HBO's ballsy move in recognizing their limitations; rare for the entertainment industry.

The BBC has done 2 radio adaptations, the most recent of which had Cumberbatch as the Angel Islington, Natalie Dormer as Lady Door, and James McAvoy as Richard Mayhew. It was f*cking fantastic.


Interesting: you've got Sherlock with the other Sherlock's Moriarty.
 
2014-06-15 07:40:38 PM  
Six seasons to adopt a single novel?  And no it is not a George R. R. Martin-sized novel either.    I really skeptical that it would have worked.
 
2014-06-15 07:47:17 PM  

fusillade762: Soulcatcher: SomethingInYourTeeth: Neverwhere is written to be a fun adventure film. Where are the treatments to get that made?  Seems such a waste to not bring that to live action.

I appreciate HBO's ballsy move in recognizing their limitations; rare for the entertainment industry.

The BBC has done 2 radio adaptations, the most recent of which had Cumberbatch as the Angel Islington, Natalie Dormer as Lady Door, and James McAvoy as Richard Mayhew. It was f*cking fantastic.

Interesting: you've got Sherlock with the other Sherlock's Moriarty.


I've never seen the American version of Sherlock, but I did know that Natalie Dormer was playing Irene Adler/ Moriarty. It's funny to think that she can screw Jonny Lee Miller in 2 ways.
 
2014-06-15 07:59:46 PM  

TheMysteriousStranger: Six seasons to adopt a single novel?  And no it is not a George R. R. Martin-sized novel either.    I really skeptical that it would have worked.


Actually it probably would have worked fine. I love the TV GoT but wish it was twenty episodes a season and not ten. Even then they'd still have to cut a lot of stuff from the books.
 
2014-06-15 08:32:54 PM  
American God is one of the few books I was not able to finish because it bored me to death. It was recommended by people who like the same books I do so I was really surprised.
 
2014-06-15 08:48:17 PM  
Like many of you, I liked the premise a lot. But Shadow was insufferable. If they do make this show, they really have to, ya know, give the guy a personality, motivations, and some idiosyncrasies. Audience surrogate is fine, but that dude is an empty bucket.
 
2014-06-15 09:43:16 PM  

talkertopc: American God is one of the few books I was not able to finish because it bored me to death. It was recommended by people who like the same books I do so I was really surprised.


Try reading it while traveling.  I finished it up at a much better pace when I was traveling through the country just as the lead character was.  It added an interesting layer to the experience.

/also, trapped on a plane with one book is a great way to finish anything
//I'll probably finish Cheese Monkeys if I ever travel with it
 
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