If you have read any of my Oh, My Pop Culture Jesus then you know at least a little about one of my favorite books, Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. If you haven’t read this book–I demand you do so immediately!
Everyone’s favorite angel in Good Omens is Aziraphale. Many people think Aziraphale is gay–even in the book.
“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.”
The book further explains, however, that Aziraphale cannot actually be gay.
“… and angels are sexless unless they really want to make an effort.”
Can I add that the “unless they really want to make an effort” part as fueled many a smutty fanfic but Aziraphale, but despite this line many people asset that Aziraphale is gay and is in fact love with the demon Crowley.
Crowley’s sexual orientation is never stated in the book, but since Crowley is a fallen angel we can assume that the same sexlessness applies. Despite this an extremely close relationship is seen between Crowley and Aziraphale despite being on opposites of the cosmic battle. Crowley panics when he thinks Aziraphale dies in a fire in his bookshop and Aziraphale often worries about Crowley’s safety. The two eat together, hang out, and even tried to stop the apocalypse together.
But despite all of this I’m going to hold true to what the book says that neither of this character are gay together. Even if they were they would basically be an asexual but romantic couple considering that neither of them have a sex.
So in conclusion neither Aziraphale or Crowley are gay unless they really want to make an effort.
The slasher in me is sad at this. >.>
So, I have noticed that there are no posts about Pratchett’s other works, the Discworld novels, and I feel you are missing out. The Discworld novels are about a world standing on the backs of four elephants, standing on the back of a giant turtle, floating through space. The series (there are 40 books in total) features a wide range of characters going from powerful (and hilarious) witches to wizards with ‘wizzard’ on their hats, Death who loves cats, a vampire with a suicidal fascination with flash photography and many, many more. These books offer a very funny satirical view on modern life and are certainly worth a read.
Pratchett’s Discworld is home to many different species, be they trolls, dwarfs, zombies, humans, goblins and all these creatures have a realistic co-existance. Basically, they don’t all always get along, having civil unrests and failing peace treaties, making them of particular relevance to life as we know it.
Terry Pratchett has a penchant for extreme dynamic charcters such as is more then obvious with Comander Sam Vimes’ story arch. The women in Pratchett’s books are always very strong and independant, none of them needing a knight in shining armour.
I very strongly recommend you reading any one of his novels, as I would be very interrested to see your reaction to them. I, myself, started with ‘Lords and Ladies’ a book featuring the Witches, and I feel this book or perhaps even ‘Mort’, where Death goes looking for an apprentice would be great books for you to start with.