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‘American Gods’: Neil Gaiman’s Fantasy Novel Is Headed To TV

Tue, February 4, 2014 9:50am EDT by Shaunna Murphy Add first Comment
American Gods TV Show
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Great news for fantasy lovers — Neil Gaiman’s beloved novel ‘American Gods’ is making its way to the small screen!

Boy, Game of Thrones really did make things easier for fantasy lovers, didn’t it? Neil Gaiman (of Sandman fame) and FremantleMedia (The Tomorrow People; American Idol) are bringing the epic fantasy novel American Gods to TV, and we couldn’t be more excited. Get the details below!

‘American Gods’ Is Headed To TV

In case you’ve never heard of American Gods, here’s the skinny — it’s an immensely popular 2001 fantasy novel that has earned Hugo, Nebula and Bram Stoker Awards for Best Novel, and it’s already been translated into over 3o languages as of press time. The plot itself is a tad difficult to explain, but we’re going to try our best anyway.

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Basically, what we’re dealing with is a shadow war of sorts between the old gods and the new. In the word of American Gods, gods and mythological creatures exist only when people believe in them. The old gods — like “Mr. Wednesday” — have lost power in recent years due to waning belief, as the new gods who reflect society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs have taken over.

Mr. Wednesday (a modern incarnation of Odin) travels across America with the lead character, an ex-con named Shadow Moon, as he tries his best to recruit some of his old god pals to take on the sinister young bucks.

Sound confusing? Basically just think of it as a modern-day Zeus going to war against Ryan Seacrest and Kaley Cuoco, only a zillion times more amazing. Seriously, you guys should read this book.

What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Will you check out the small-screen version of American Gods?

— Shaunna Murphy

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