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Inquisitor Hein
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« on: 08-08-2017 22:46 »

Nearly through with the series.
Overall, I am quite happy with it.

- The acting of Shadow and Wednesday was excellent. I would like to call it the "BBC Xaphod Beeblebrox" syndrome: An actor does not really look like the character in the book, yet plays this personality so well that no one really cares about this flaw.

- They stuck close to the original, yet, upgraded it when it seemed suitable (because, let us be honest: Certain parts of the novel left a bit to be desired regarding story flow and rythm wink ).The expanded plots, additional alliances, etc.. all seem fitting and promising.

- I am not sure how those not having read the book will take to the series. Some aspects/scenes - without knowing their background - might look too randomly strange. Like a series happily celebration it's own surrealism just for the sake of it.

winna

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« Reply #1 on: 08-09-2017 00:43 »

I've seen a few episodes of twin peaks
winna

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« Reply #2 on: 08-09-2017 00:44 »

I've seen a few episodes of twin peaks
Gorky

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« Reply #3 on: 08-16-2017 04:53 »
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I am not sure how those not having read the book will take to the series. Some aspects/scenes - without knowing their background - might look too randomly strange. Like a series happily celebration it's own surrealism just for the sake of it.

I'm only two episodes in so far, and I'm watching along with someone who's read the book, but even without having read the source material myself I'm able to accept those turns toward the absurd/unprecedented/downright freaky on their own terms. It is a deeply weird show, which from my understanding is based on a similarly fantastical novel, but one need not be familiar with the aesthetic of the latter to appreciate the artistic choices made by the former.

I will say, though, that I am probably the most annoying person to watch a show with if you've read the source material and I haven't. Whenever something really fucked-up happens--not just on this show, but also during the first five seasons of Game of Thrones and whenever I'm watching something in the Marvel universe--I cannot resist asking if that's from the books or just the show-runners being weirdos for the sake of being weirdos. I do sense that some of that show-runner tomfoolery is at play with American Gods, but I couldn't say how much and at the end of the day it doesn't affect my enjoyment of the show one way or the other. In general, if there's a show or movie that falls somewhere on the sci-fi/fantasy spectrum, I have zero interest in reading the book(s) anyway; such novels tend to bore me, but engaging with the stories on-screen is usually a damn good time because I am unburdened with the trouble of knowing how well or how poorly the producers are adhering to the source material.

TL;DR: American Gods is pretty cool but I am definitely the goddamn worst.
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