Good Omens (TV)

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This page is about the TV fandom; you may also be interested in the Good Omens (book) fandom.

Fandom
Name: Good Omens
Abbreviation(s): GO
Creator: Neil Gaiman
Date(s): 2019-
Medium: TV miniseries
Country of Origin: UK
External Links: Good Omens at IMDb
Good Omens at Wikipedia
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A much-anticipated series starring David Tennant and Michael Sheen was released on Amazon Prime Video in May 2019,[1] kicking off a widespread Good Omens fandom revival that seemed to consume all of fandom. The TV series introduced many new fans to Good Omens and caused many long-time fans of the book to rediscover or revisit their love of the novel. It also prompted an explosion of fanworks, including fanfiction, fanart, and meta, some of which analysed the differences in themes and tone between the book and TV series.

This explosion of fannish activity was aided and abetted by actor Michael Sheen being an enthusiastic onlooker and participant in the fandom, responding to fans on Twitter when tagged, referencing and praising fanworks,[2] and making unequivocal statements of support for fandom.[3][4] Author Neil Gaiman, who wrote the TV series, also encouraged fans on social media and tirelessly responded to Asks of every kind about the book and show on his Tumblr.[5]

A second season of the series was announced in June 2021 and filming started in September 2021.[6]

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

Gaiman or Sheen interacting with fans

Synopsis and Characters

See the plot Synopsis and list of Characters on the Good Omens (book) fandom page.

Fandom

After the release of the TV miniseries, the fandom experienced a major boom. Book fans were happy with the adaptation, even those who hadn’t seen it:

[nentuaby]
What I’m really loving about Good Omens is that for once the thing has been adapted closely enough that I can absolutely appreciate the fandom resurgence purely for the sake of the source material, even though I’m probably not going to get around to watching the adaptation for months if not years. (Television is Not My Medium due to the way my ADD plays.)

As far as I’m concerned, everyone’s just suddenly making Ineffable Husbands gifs with a really consistent visual fanon and it’s amazing.[7]

In response to the fandom's boom, The Rec Center newsletter #180 on June 14, 2019, contained "fanfiction + explainer: good omens", a primer/fandom overview by guest editor Kira:

If you hadn’t heard of Good Omens before, you probably did in the last two weeks—after the miniseries adaptation was released and took the internet by storm. The story of a Biblical apocalypse and the angel and demon trying to prevent it, the nearly thirty-year-old book fandom is experiencing a new growth spurt thanks to the show. For new fans it’s well worth digging into the older parts of fandom and the huge amounts of content therein.

Good Omens has a long history as a slash fandom; while perhaps not a grandparent of slash, it’s at least a favourite aunt. Aziraphale and Crowley’s relationship in the book is that of an old married couple, an interpretation that was only bolstered by the authors’ revelation that post-canon they were sharing a cottage in the South Downs.[8] There are multiple fandom introductions/starter packs,[9][note 1] and a great place to dig into the history of the fandom is Lower Tadfield Air Base, a Livejournal community that’s been running since 2003. This was the centre of the fandom for many years, and is meticulously tagged for easy browsing. The recs tag is an excellent place to start if you want to see what people were recommending back in the day.

Pairings

The juggernaut pairing in Good Omens fandom is Aziraphale/Crowley. The pairing had a variety of names previously, but post-show “Ineffable Husbands” became the most popular.

Since airing, the series and the original novel have been referred to as a "6000 year slow burn", and this tag has also begun appearing on works pairing Aziraphale/Crowley. Gaiman has already reported that the pairing is canon, and that Good Omens is a love story.

The TV fandom brought some attention to minor pairings that had not been very common previously, such as Beelzebub/Gabriel and Hastur/Ligur. These pairings can often be side pairings in Aziraphale/Crowley stories, but there are a small number of fanworks focused on them exclusively.

Fanwork Examples

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

Given incredible fan activity, many more examples can be added for each type of fanwork
Including any meta comparison to book fandom or non-Aziraphale/Crowley fanworks

Art

See also Category:Good Omens Art

Fic

Vids

Zines

For a full listing of zines on Fanlore see Category:Good Omens Zines

Meta

May duplicate examples on the Good Omens (book) fandom page.

Example Art Gallery

Some examples of fanart influenced by the television series:

Links

Notes and References

Notes

  1. ^ Some Good Omens Fans complained that the Fish Support Group post had so many important names forgotten, the author himself made this mistake clear and apologized, however later in several reposts. About this situation the user @sous-le-saule posted on April 21, 2017 a series of 3 reposts adding more artists and saying "When will I stop forgetting ppl? (I’ll probably make a proper reblog when I’ll be sure everybody’s in ^^)". "Books & Trees — Good Omens Fandom Welcome Pack (4/3/17)". 2017-04-21. Archived from the original on 2021-09-19.

References

  1. ^ Good Omens release date CONFIRMED: Neil Gaiman Amazon Prime Video series arrives in May 2019 - Radio Times, Archived version
  2. ^ Tweet by Michael Sheen, June 25, 2019 (Accessed December 27, 2019).
  3. ^ Tweet by Michael Sheen, June 19, 2019. (Accessed December 27, 2019).
  4. ^ Tweet by Michael Sheen, August 27, 2019. (Accessed December 27, 2019).
  5. ^ Tumblr response by Neil Gaiman, November 19, 2021. (Accessed May 18, 2022)
  6. ^ Good Omens Season 2 Filming Begins, Screenrant Article, October 10, 2021.
  7. ^ "Nentuaby's Tumblr — What I'm really loving about Good Omens is that..." 2019-06-25. Archived from the original on 2022-04-09.
  8. ^ "(lives between pages) • This is why 2005, like 1990, means the world to us:". 2013-04-21. Archived from the original on 2021-09-19.
  9. ^ "Fish Support Group • Good Omens Fandom Welcome Pack (4/3/17)". 2017-03-05. Archived from the original on 2021-09-19.