Neil Gaiman's novel will be a TV series on Starz on April 30. It's the story of a guy named Shadow moon who gets out of jail and falls in with a weird group of friends who are actually ancient gods. I'm super excited, and you should be too. Here's why:
1. It's topical.
In the modern age, if we don't subscribe to a traditional religion, what do we worship? Is patriotism a religion? Is digital addiction? If the book was culturally relevent in 2001, the conversation it engenders is culturally necessary now.
2. The TV show will expand beyond the book.
OK, so sometimes this isn't the best thing, but in this case I'm behind it. The TV show will include extra background on various characters, so there will still be new surprises for people like me who have read the book multiple times.
3. It's got an amazing cast.
Though obvs, it's the acting that matters.
4. Neil Gaiman is on board.
So if you liked the book, you won't feel betrayed.
5. OK, just look at this poster.
I think we already have a pretty good idea that American Gods the TV show will bring us a healthy blend of insight and irreverent humor.