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Good Omens: Nice and Accurate Analyses by Intelligent Writers (
Editors: Erin M. Giannini and Mandy Holmes Taylor

Written as a collaboration between Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, Good
Omens (1990) had an active and long-term fanbase before the debut of the
Amazon Prime miniseries. Its adaptation, brought to fruition by Gaiman as a
promise to Pratchett before Pratchett’s 2015 death, however, has not only
brought new fans into the fold, but increased the visibility of the
original text.

This collection seeks to examine the book and the series, separately and
together, in the numerous contexts in which both exist (text, television,
fandom, etc.) This collection is under contract with McFarland & Company
and will be peer-reviewed.

Potential topics include but are not limited to:

• Examining the adaptation from book to series. What’s inferred from the
text but not explicit (eg, the use of Queen), what is highlighted, what is
• Performance studies; eg, influence of previous roles or Michael Sheen’s
(Aziraphale) contention that fanfic informed his interactions with Crowley
(David Tennant); casting choices
• Platform: Do streaming platforms offer greater opportunities? Would it
have been released on broadcast or cable?
• ”Ineffable Husbands”: Queer readings of Crowley/Aziraphale
• Gender presentation: eg, Pollution, God, Crowley as Nanny, etc.
• Names/naming: how and why names matter (book or series) (eg, Dog, Adam,
Crawley to Crowley, Sister Loquacious)
• The theology of Good Omens: interpretation, satirization,
prophets/prophecy, angels/demons
• Reception, including the ill-fated petition to Netflix
• Collaboration (Gaiman/Pratchett; Crowley/Aziraphale, BBC/Amazon)
• Portrayals of Britishness: Crowley/Aziraphale, the Them, etc as
“quintessential” or stereotypical; Easter eggs (eg, Who references,
Python-esque opening titles
• The power of imagination as seen in the book/series
• Power dynamics in the book/series: e.g. heaven vs. hell, adults vs. kids,
humans vs. supernatural beings, etc.
• Fandom: differences/intersections/contentions between book and series fans
• Implications of shifting the time in the book from the early 90s to
contemporary times
• Series as tribute to Pratchett (per interviews with Gaiman)
• Rise in apocalyptic texts: How does Good Omens speak to our current
times/fascination with/need for apocalyptic texts? What does it offer?
• Literary influences on Good Omens
• Cinematic/filmic influences on the small-screen adaptation

250-500 word abstracts/proposals with current CV due: September 30, 2019
Completed final manuscript due: July 30, 2020
Send inquiries or proposals to: [log in to unmask]

Completed manuscripts should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words (not
including Works Cited or notes) and should conform to MLA 8 style and
formatting. Please use endnotes instead of footnotes as applicable.

Online resources for film/TV studies may be found at ScreenSite