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02 July 2014 @ 08:53 am
American Gods  
Should have no time to read should have not time to post. My thesis is sucking every last little bit of joy out of my life. But hey, tv...

I heard that American Gods is being produced as a tv show on Starz. I would be thrilled, I love the book...except...Starz. I mean they botched every single thing they got their hands on in the last few years. Torchwood, King Arthur, Pirates,...no matter what they cast plastic people for every role and use so much diffuser scrim that it becomes impossible to watch. Meh. i really hope they do a better job this time around.
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Butterflysnogged on July 2nd, 2014 11:56 am (UTC)
An American Gods TV show would be pretty awesome.
Crossing fingers and toes that it goes well.
flake_sakeflake_sake on July 2nd, 2014 05:33 pm (UTC)
Me too! I love Neil Gaiman and American Gods is brilliant material. It's just Starz and all the shit they produced I am worried about.
Shapinglightshapinglight on July 2nd, 2014 07:25 pm (UTC)
I think I read somewhere that it's not going to happen after all, so maybe you don't need to worry too much.
flake_sakeflake_sake on July 2nd, 2014 07:42 pm (UTC)
Hm, Neil Gaiman keeps on posting about it so I figured it's going to happen. Anyway I want an American Gods shoe, I just hope they make it good.
Shapinglightshapinglight on July 2nd, 2014 07:45 pm (UTC)
Oh well, maybe I heard wrong, then.
flake_sakeflake_sake on July 2nd, 2014 09:29 pm (UTC)
It seems, it was initially planned to run on HBO and they dropped it. Starz is now actually going through with it I think.

If they just leave the diffuser and their horrible casting/design at home, it could be really cool.
Molly May: Chuck/Books - valley_ofdreamsmolly_may on July 2nd, 2014 07:33 pm (UTC)
I agree about Starz, but the one thing that does have me optimistic about this project is that Bryan Fuller is producing it and writing the pilot, and he's generally pretty great with casting, and his shows (particularly Hannibal and Pushing Daisies) are almost always gorgeous/interesting to look at. I'm hopeful that this is such a good pairing of material and producer that even Starz can't mess it up.;)
flake_sakeflake_sake on July 2nd, 2014 07:43 pm (UTC)
I didn't know about Brian Fuller! That sounds brilliant, Gaiman/Fuller is basically a combination made in heaven. God, can Starz please just let them make it and not mess with it and keep away their stupid diffuser?
Lexi: AD - Hop onseilowyn on July 3rd, 2014 02:07 am (UTC)
I was also going to say BUT BRYAN FULLER!! And Starz may be moving up in the world because Outlander is highly anticipated, so it's got a fighting chance.
flake_sakeflake_sake on July 3rd, 2014 07:20 am (UTC)
Yes, Bryan Fuller is a big Pro! I'm really keeping my thumbs pressed for it.
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flake_sakeflake_sake on July 3rd, 2014 07:21 am (UTC)
Does Outlander have something to do with the fanfic kerfluffle a few years ago? Or is it independent from the books?
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flake_sakeflake_sake on July 4th, 2014 08:18 am (UTC)
Oh, yeah, that was the one. Funny enough she basically regarded her
series as some sort of Doctor Who fanfiction.

A friend of mine read one of the books when she had broken her leg and
nothing else was around and she gave me a really funny account of them.
She said she always wrote that the hero's pubic hair had the colour of
cinnamon flowers. She probably meant the dried red ones, but fresh
cinnamon flowers are very white/greyish and that made for a very odd
picture in the head of my friend.

Doesn't sound like my cup of tea, book or show. I guess I will pass. And
this sounds like something that Starz will shoot in full on soft porn
mode (which means, that probably no one will have pubic hair, so at least
that problem is dealt with). Ugh.
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flake_sakeflake_sake on July 4th, 2014 12:43 pm (UTC)
Ron Moore does sound interesting, but STARZ is really a weird network.

I was really interested in several of their shows, but they botched up the ....well not really the casting, more the design and make up so badly that it was hardly watchable.

Their King Arthur looked like some Australien beachboy, who was stumbling through the middleages (where a ton of naked hairles photoshopped women were only waiting for him).

(http://www.metro.us/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/1c3a920c62b15eedd5a740bd8d9d4f1b.jpg)

And the writing was insanely bad.

With Black sails the writing was a bit better, but all the playboy bunnies on the pirate island of perfect teeth, were still so annoying, that it was impossible to watch.
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flake_sakeflake_sake on July 4th, 2014 12:49 pm (UTC)
That's what I thought too. Most of what she wrote was insanely over the top. She basically compared writing fanfic to molesting her children.

I know several authors who don't want people to write fanfic on their work, but they don't react so over top.


Apparently the hero was modeled after one of the older Doctors.
(http://www.zap2it.com/blogs/outlander_inspired_by_doctor_who_who_is_jamie_mccrimmon-2014-01)

That's fine by me, I think all art has derivatives elements in it, but I also think, that's why she should not have flown at fandom like that.
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flake_sakeflake_sake on July 4th, 2014 06:12 pm (UTC)
Agreed. I think her and also Anne Rice made themselves look really wonky in those discussions.

Other writers, who uttered the same sentiment, like GRRM voiced it way more reasonable.
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