NEIL GAIMAN’s much-acclaimed novel “American Gods” heralds a showdown as the nation’s ascending deities — “bubbly new glittery gods” of a technology and media culture, he says — try to supplant the aging Powers That Be Threatened.
That 2001 novel was written, however, before the rise of the “new god” that is Twitter.
Now, Gaiman tells Comic Riffs, he plans to include Twitter — or something much like it — in a follow-up story to “American Gods.”
“There definitely going to be some Twitter in ‘American Gods 2,’ “ says Gaiman, who has more than a million-and-a-half followers on Twitter. “Not Twitter per se, but [social networking] like it.”
“I figured Twitter was going to be evanescent,” continues Gaiman, talking to Comic Riffs on Thursday in Washington, D.C., as he promotes the 10th-anniversary of “American Gods.” That was, he says, “part of the fun of Twitter in the early days. Of going: ‘I don’t think this is going to be around very long. And also, the threat that maybe they’ll break it, or spoil it, or there’ll be too many advertisers.
“It felt like discovering a nice bar, and we know the problem with discovering a nice bar....”
Gaiman lets that thought linger.
“Now, 2 1/2 years later — an eternity in Internet-ty time, I’m looking around going: ‘It’s still here, and it’s still actually kind of fun ... thoug h it has its down side.”
Twitter, likewise, has embraced Neil Gaiman.
It was announced last month that the inaugural novel chosen for the ”One Book One Twitter” reading club is “American Gods,” in all its dark fantasy.
“It wouldn’t have been my first choice for their first book,” Gaiman acknowledges to ‘Riffs, adding that from his canon, he would have selected “anything but ‘American Gods.’ ”
“ ‘The Graveyard Book’ is one everyone loves, just as an example,” he says. There’s also “Neverwhere,” he suggests. “ ‘American Gods’ is a book people love with a passion or quite hate. .... My wife [performer Amanda Palmer], who really likes most of what I’ve done, doesn’t like it. ... She says, ‘It’s like you were trying to clever or something.’
“But I love the fact that people who wouldn’t have otherwise read it, or wouldn’t have read fantasy or horror, will read it — [whether] they read it and love it, or read it and hate it.”