Reread Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s Classic, “Good Omens”
In the wake of the death of acclaimed author Terry Pratchett, bookworms everywhere have been celebrating his life and his accomplishments, but one of his most beloved novels is Good Omens, the hysterical satire that he co-authored with Neil Gaiman.
Part of the reason why the novel is such a hit is because both men take all the lore surrounding the Apocalypse and turn it on its head. For example, the Anti-Christ is a young boy named Adam who has a pet hellhound that takes the form of a tiny mutt named Dog. Both Gaiman and Pratchett also gleefully poke fun at monotheistic religion with the figures of Aziraphale, a stuffy, book-loving Angel of the Lord, and his friend, a demon named Crawley, who did not so much fall as he “sauntered vaguely down to Earth.” While the two Otherworldly beings try to stop the End Times from occurring, in the end, the authors note that humans are fully capable of saving themselves from destruction.
The heartfelt main theme of Good Omens, which is that maybe we silly humans don’t need an all-powerful deity micromanaging our every move, has struck a cord in readers everywhere and reminds us that when all is said and done, all we need is a little faith in ourselves in order to persevere. Good Omens is good not because of its satirical view on religion, but because it’s a loving ode to the strength of the human will.