Starz’s American Gods ends its first season by arriving at the beginning of the story in promising, sometimes confounding season finale. Thanks to HBO’s The Leftovers , Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale , and now Starz’s American Gods , there has been to discuss this year when it comes to the feasibility of expanding the fixed story of a novel for television the express purpose of doing what television does best: avoiding conclusion and letting a story run for as long as possible. There are of other examples to choose from to be sure, 2017 has seen some excellent television from the expansion of – or the promise to expand upon – stories first to life in book form. Given the kinds of stories being told – from misogynistic dystopian nightmares to nuanced meditations on grief and the inscrutable nature of the universe – there’s really clear formula for what kind of book is to make the best , especially when it exhausts the source material from which it was derived. The Leftovers worked largely leaving the confines of the novel allowed the to be reinvented in season […]

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