Good Omens

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Name: Good Omens
Abbreviation(s): GO
Creator: Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
Date(s): 1990
Medium: Novel
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
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Quick and Dirty Plot Summary

Good Omens is the story of how the world didn't quite end. As Neil Gaiman's website puts it:

According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (recorded in 1655, just before she blew up her entire village and all its inhabitants – they’d gathered to watch her burn and got more of a show than expected) the world will end on a Saturday – next Saturday, as it happens. So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, the Four Bikers of the Apocalypse are revving up their hogs, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan.

However, the somewhat fussy Aziraphale and the fast-living Crowley – each of whom rather favors the lifestyle of Earth’s mortals – are not especially looking forward to Rapture. Thing is, if they’re going to prevent that from happening, they’ve got to find and kill the Antichrist, and, er, someone seems to have misplaced him...[1]

Characters

The main characters of Good Omens are:

  • Aziraphale - Heaven's representative on Earth. "Many people, meeting Aziraphale for the first time, formed three impressions: that he was English, that he was intelligent, and that he was gayer than a tree full of monkeys on nitrous oxide."
  • Crowley - Hell's representative on Earth. "An Angel who did not so much Fall as Saunter Vaguely Downwards."[2]
  • Adam Young - The eleven-year-old Antichrist.
  • Agnes Nutter - The witch mentioned earlier, whose prophecies are astonishingly accurate.
  • Anathema Device - A descendant of Agnes, who has the last copy of her book of prophecies, and wishes the world wouldn't end quite so soon.
  • Newton Pulsifer - A young man with a talent for electrocution and a love of machines.
  • The Four Horsepersons of the Apocalypse - ...You can figure this one out.
  • Various and Sundry Supporting Cast - Including inefficient witch-hunters, lascivious old women, pragmatic pre-teens, and assorted supernatural entities.

Good Omens Fandom

The most common pairing in Good Omens fandom is Aziraphale/Crowley, and gen stories featuring the pair are plentiful as well. Many stories take advantage of the fact that the two have been around throughout the entirety of human history and feature historical settings or appearances by historical or Biblical figures. Stories about Adam and the Them are also common.

The main LiveJournal community for Good Omens fandom is lower_tadfield, and the annual holiday fanwork exchange is hosted at go_exchange.

Well-known fan writers include afrai, Aja, Argyle, Daegaer, irisbleufic, Louise Lux, Sam Starbuck, Vulgarweed, and others.

Reccers include Arduinna, Beth H, Carmarthen, Knacc, Espresso Addict, Polyamorous Recommendations, and others.

Good Omens fans are well known for their recent tendency to actively engage with Gaiman and Pratchett.

Author Response to Fandom

Gaiman has also said several times in his blog that he is not opposed to fanfiction (of his work and in general) but really doesn't want to be exposed to it himself:

And this has less to do with prudery than with my own comfort levels. I can just about get my head around the concept of Crowley-Aziraphale slash, and would rather not read it thanks. Out beyond that, I don't actually want to know...[3]

Resources

References

  1. Neil Gaiman's official website. Neil's Work > Books > Good Omens. (Accessed 09 August 2013.)
  2. Good Omens, List of Dramatis Personae.
  3. 3.9.2003, In which it is decided there are Some Things That Man Was Not Meant To Know by Neil Gaiman, accessed 13.10.2011
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