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Neil Gaiman Has Some Good Thoughts About Good Omens Fan Fiction

Neil Gaiman Has Some Good Thoughts About Good Omens Fan Fiction
From Gizmodo - December 30, 2017

Recently, a friend of mine and I had a conversation on Twitter about shipping. Specifically, that we share a Star Wars ship: Rey and Kylo Ren (please be kind, commenters). We shared a couple jokes and thoughts about The Last Jedi and Reylo, and then went our separate ways.

Thats when things got a little out of hand. A number of other people joined our conversation to express their deep displeasure. Some got angry, even a little, well, harass-y. This topic was, apparently, personal for a good amount of people who wanted us to know that our ship made us a bad person.

That got me thinking about the way we imagine fan fiction and shipping. Which brings us to Neil Gaiman. Recently, Gaiman responded to a fan on tumblr asking him about a similar conflict within the Good Omens community about whether or not Crowley, the demon protagonist, is gay. An argument that Im sure is only getting more intense as Gaiman works on a Good Omens series set to premiere in 2019.

I really like what Gaiman, who is no stranger to writing fan fiction himself, had to say (you can read his entire reply here):

Canonically, which is to say using the text in the book, you dont get any description of Crowleys sex life. The only thing the book says is angels are sexless unless they specifically make an effort. You can infer, and (more to the point) you can imagine, and lots of people have chosen, not unreasonably, to ship him with Aziraphale, but you are still Making Stuff Up. It could be Making Stuff Up that happens between paragraphs, or Making Stuff Up that isnt mentioned at all, but its still Making Stuff Up.** (And using the kind of eagle-eyed textual analysis that Bible scholars used to decide exactly what a piece of four thousand year old verse definitely meant also counts here as Making Stuff Up.)

Which is the fun of fanfiction, and part of the tradition of fanfiction. As is, Im afraid, grumbling at people who do not see that your ship is the only true ship, and choose to ship anyone else with anyone else.

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