I have talked in my post about favorite shows of 2017 about American Gods: the show but, since this is mainly a book blog, I felt it necessary to share my opinions on the book as well (and also perhaps talk more about the show because AWESOOOME).
First of all, I would like to start this post by saying that I have nothing against the book. It could’ve easily been one of my favorite reads of 2017 but I felt that something was not right. And that “something” was the one thing that made me not enjoy the book as much as I could have. It is the first time that I felt so confused about rating a book. I thought that me rating The Goldfinch was me being confused but nope, it’s me rating American Gods that was.
Both are quite chunky. The difference is that The Goldfinch kept me slightly interested for the whole ride. Even when it started “boring” me, it picked up real soon after that. It was not the case for American Gods. There were parts where I was reading and thinking to myself “Wait… What? What is happening?”. I think this was mainly due to the fact that I was not itching to know more so I just gave up. More and more characters kept showing up and I was just thinking “Okay… Next!” because some of them just showed up for like two seconds and then disappeared. I understand that the author was trying to keep building up until the very end to give that wow-ending-effect but that did not work for me.
The mythology is something that I’ve grown to enjoy while reading this book. I didn’t know much about Norse mythology before picking up American Gods but now I am definitely looking forward to get some more reading done on the matter. Perhaps the book by Neil Gaiman himself?
I really appreciated the writing style. Neil Gaiman obviously did lots of research to give us a book that’s packed with symbolism and brilliant references. Sadly, I just didn’t like how long it took for me to finally understand all that was going on.
Now, for the tv show! There are slight changes compared to the book. The one that I really liked was how we got a whole episode to know Laura a bit more. In the book, we didn’t really get to know much about her or about her previous life. Still, it wasn’t what made me love the show more than the book.
The slow pace worked much better in a show format mainly because while binging, it isn’t slow at all, haha. Should that be considered as cheating? But… No. It took me a month and a few days to finish American Gods: the book. It took me two days to finish the first season of the show. While everything was not given to us in perfect detail, we still got to see a lot without having to go through 300/400 pages to finally understand a few things. + Amazing visuals with really vibrant colors and an incredible cast!
If I hadn’t read the book first, I’d sure find the show weird at first as well because you do find yourself with more questions than answers most of the time but they don’t take you through unnecessary details that you really didn’t need to know to understand what is going on.
I wish I were a better show critic to let you know how awesome the show actually is. “A Prayer for Mad Sweeney” and “Lemon Scented You” were my favorite episodes. Speaking of Mad Sweeney… If there’s one character that stuck with me through the American Gods journey, it’s him! Even though I imagined him to be quite (very!) different in the book, he was still amazing in both.
Let’s pause for a moment: !!!!!! I just googled Pablo Schreiber and he’s Pornstache from Orange Is The New Black !!!!!!!! WHAT? I am so clueless oh my God! Am I the only one who hasn’t noticed that?
Okay, Pornstache, you really are a great actor! I give you that!
To be honest, I am still not sure if with this I managed to make an actual point but I do hope I did. I really wanted to love American Gods! This is probably the first time I loved an adaptation more than the actual book and really wanted to know your opinion about it all.
Have you watched the show or read the book? Did you find a problem with the pacing in either? What was your favorite character?