|Creator:||Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman|
|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...
The main characters of Good Omens are:
- Crowley - Hell's demonic representative on Earth, "an Angel who did not so much Fall as Saunter Vaguely Downwards."
- Aziraphale - Heaven's angelic representative on Earth, described thus: "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."
- 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, a group of pragmatic pre-teens, and assorted angels and demons.
Good Omens Fandom
The most common pairing in Good Omens fandom is Aziraphale/Crowley, and gen stories featuring the pair are common as well. Many stories take advantage of the fact that the two have been around throughout human history, and feature historical settings or cameo appearances by historical or Biblical figures. Stories about Adam and the Them are also relatively common.
Well-known authors include afrai, Aja, Daegaer, Irisbleu, Lady Oneiros, Louise Lux, Sam Starbuck, Shati, Torch, Villainny and Vulgarweed. Reccers include Arduinna, Beth H, Camarthen, Cimorene, Elizabeth Scripturient, Espresso Addict, Polyamorous Recommendations, The RCK, Victoria P and others.
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...
- The Good Omens Lexicon
- stories on Yuletide (19 stories from 2003, 2004, and 2005)
- fanworks on Archive of Our Own (over 900 stories as of September 2012)
- Good Omens, List of Dramatis Personae.
- 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