Hidden in among news about the success of his reading of Green Eggs and Ham and the fact that American Gods will not, in fact, be made by HBO but by Freemantle Media, the very likable Mr. Gaiman informs readers of his blog that Anansi Boys will be made into a television series. This makes &
Neil Gaiman’s novel is headed for TV, and we’ve picked the dream cast. How’d we do?
But I think there’s more than just the numerical difference in available books versus available television shows. Because I am “known” as a reader, it feels somehow deeply indulgent to spend time rereading books. There’s a weird pressure to be up and familiar with a vast array of books — a quantity I couldn’t manage if I spent time revisiting old favorites (this seems silly, but maybe others feel the same way?).
As a television show, Orange is the New Black is a game-changer. We start with Piper as our touchstone, but we quickly find ourselves amidst an ensemble of female leads who are black, white, Latina, old, fat, gay, transgendered, track-marked, meth-teethed, or, in other words, the kinds of women that usually get two lines on NCIS before they are shot or led away in handcuffs. This is truly a feminist’s show. And it’s not just feminism for cute, young white girls (see, well, Girls). It’s feminism for women, all women, we all see ourselves on this show, this show says no matter what we look like or where we come from, we are worthy of being watched and listened to, our stories are worth caring about.