Or at least that’s what Neil Gaiman would like to say to reassure the fans of the novel. This project has been ongoing since forever, but without much momentum. Supposedly they have the same people working on Game of Thrones backing this series and they’ll be able to squeeze out at least two seasons out of the first novel- as soon as Neil (we’re amigos) finishes the pilot script to his and HBO’s satisfaction.
And you heard me right when I said “first novel” because Neil is apparently working on a sequel, which kind of irks me because I don’t care much for people extending the original source in order to stretch out the adapted material i.e. Mark Millar and Frank Miller. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I find the exercise to be a little grimy and unnecessary. I’d be lying if I said the practice never pays off- sometimes I really enjoy these sequels, but I always feel like I need a shower afterwards. I understand the impulse to “strike it while it’s hot” because as a writer, it feels good to have a success in your hand and you don’t mind revisiting that world for the fans, but that is seemingly relinquishing all controls to the fans and the industry. Even if the quality of the product never suffers, I feel that the integrity of the writer takes a hit every time something like this happens. Mind you that they’re all great writers, but it won’t be easy to approach any of their new work without some level of skepticism. If you’re not writing for yourself first and foremost, then you’re only writing to please and there’s no artistry in that. If your work isn’t personal to you, then you can’t expect your work to connect with anyone else.
Anyway, enough about me ranting. American Gods fans practice patience because it will come…eventually.
Written by Daniel Lee