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THE QUITE NICE AND FAIRLY ACCURATE GOOD OMENS SCRIPT BOOK contains much that is new and revelatory and even several scenes that are not actually in the final television series. Neil Gaiman's glorious reinvention of the iconic bestseller GOOD OMENS is adapted from the internationally beloved novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman and is soon to be a massive new TV launch o THE QUITE NICE AND FAIRLY ACCURATE GOOD OMENS SCRIPT BOOK contains much that is new and revelatory and even several scenes that are not actually in the final television series. Neil Gaiman's glorious reinvention of the iconic bestseller GOOD OMENS is adapted from the internationally beloved novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman and is soon to be a massive new TV launch on Amazon Prime Video and the BBC. The series is written and show-run by Neil himself and stars David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Jon Hamm and Miranda Richardson, to name but a few. **Includes an introduction by Neil Gaiman about bringing GOOD OMENS to the screen** In 1990, dream literary collaborators Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman published 'the funniest book they could write' about the end of the world. Now, Neil Gaiman reinvents their groundbreaking classic for 2019 with his original shooting scripts from the show, and gives readers a unique insight into his adaptation and vision for translating this iconic novel to the screen in an introductory essay. This all-new take on a tale about representatives of good and evil who join forces to prevent the coming apocalypse (which is scheduled to happen on a Saturday, just after tea) will be a joy for fans and new readers alike.


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THE QUITE NICE AND FAIRLY ACCURATE GOOD OMENS SCRIPT BOOK contains much that is new and revelatory and even several scenes that are not actually in the final television series. Neil Gaiman's glorious reinvention of the iconic bestseller GOOD OMENS is adapted from the internationally beloved novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman and is soon to be a massive new TV launch o THE QUITE NICE AND FAIRLY ACCURATE GOOD OMENS SCRIPT BOOK contains much that is new and revelatory and even several scenes that are not actually in the final television series. Neil Gaiman's glorious reinvention of the iconic bestseller GOOD OMENS is adapted from the internationally beloved novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman and is soon to be a massive new TV launch on Amazon Prime Video and the BBC. The series is written and show-run by Neil himself and stars David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Jon Hamm and Miranda Richardson, to name but a few. **Includes an introduction by Neil Gaiman about bringing GOOD OMENS to the screen** In 1990, dream literary collaborators Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman published 'the funniest book they could write' about the end of the world. Now, Neil Gaiman reinvents their groundbreaking classic for 2019 with his original shooting scripts from the show, and gives readers a unique insight into his adaptation and vision for translating this iconic novel to the screen in an introductory essay. This all-new take on a tale about representatives of good and evil who join forces to prevent the coming apocalypse (which is scheduled to happen on a Saturday, just after tea) will be a joy for fans and new readers alike.

30 review for The Quite Nice and Fairly Accurate Good Omens Script Book

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nataliya

    ”I don’t suppose that anywhere in the nine circles of Hell there’s such a thing as a rubber duck?” ”I don’t suppose that anywhere in the nine circles of Hell there’s such a thing as a rubber duck?”

  2. 5 out of 5

    milou ☕️

    “Don’t think of it as dying. Think of it as leaving before the rush.” I mean this is the script of the Good Omens mini series which got released last month and this script is only going to make any sense if you've seen it. This is still one of my favorite books to this date and I loved the television adaptation of this, so it's no surprise that I gave into this. It's still about armageddon. And there is a hell hound! This series focuses more on the relationship between Crowley and Azira “Don’t think of it as dying. Think of it as leaving before the rush.” I mean this is the script of the Good Omens mini series which got released last month and this script is only going to make any sense if you've seen it. This is still one of my favorite books to this date and I loved the television adaptation of this, so it's no surprise that I gave into this. It's still about armageddon. And there is a hell hound! This series focuses more on the relationship between Crowley and Aziraphale and you can see them growing closer throughout 6000 years of history. I most definitely preferred it this way. You can say whatever you want but Crowley and Aziraphale are in love. So y'all need to give this show a chance if you haven't already, then read the book and then you can listen to the 2013 audio adaptation (it's a true gem), and when you're done with all that you can give this script a chance. It will be worth it. Armageddon is funnier than you think. ↠ Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, LGTB ↠ Rating: 5 stars Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | Last.fm

  3. 5 out of 5

    Faye*

    Reading the script book for the Good Omens TV series has increased my respect for the whole team (especially the director and the actors), who created the series, even more. *Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge prompt “Genre explorer: Read a book from a genre you've never read before.” ***** So… I did say I was obsessed, didn’t I? Just when I thought I couldn’t get any more into Good Omens, Neil Gaiman goes ahead and publishes the script book for the TV series. (Yeah, yeah, I know it's been out a w Reading the script book for the Good Omens TV series has increased my respect for the whole team (especially the director and the actors), who created the series, even more. *Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge prompt “Genre explorer: Read a book from a genre you've never read before.” ***** So… I did say I was obsessed, didn’t I? Just when I thought I couldn’t get any more into Good Omens, Neil Gaiman goes ahead and publishes the script book for the TV series. (Yeah, yeah, I know it's been out a while. I’m 30 years late to the Good Omens party anyway, so whatever.) I will read this very soon and I actually have the perfect excuse for it: I have been struggling to find a new genre (that I actually want to read) for the Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge prompt “Genre explorer: Read a book from a genre you've never read before.” I have never read a TV or movie script before, so there you go! Works out perfectly.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah

    I think I smiled while reading the whole thing.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dawn C

    I’ve always loved reading scripts, from screenplays to playscripts, I just love reading the actual, objective text. Of course Neil Gaiman can’t stay completely neutral - this script book has a lot of little annotations and comments which are both hilarious and sweet and add to the atmosphere of the story. So many scenes make more sense when you read what the actual intend was. Also some parts where left out or cut from the series so it’s lovely to know whatelse was there. However, keep in mind the I’ve always loved reading scripts, from screenplays to playscripts, I just love reading the actual, objective text. Of course Neil Gaiman can’t stay completely neutral - this script book has a lot of little annotations and comments which are both hilarious and sweet and add to the atmosphere of the story. So many scenes make more sense when you read what the actual intend was. Also some parts where left out or cut from the series so it’s lovely to know whatelse was there. However, keep in mind there are two editions of this book and only the one sold by Waterstones has the deleted scene where Crowley brings chocolate to Aziraphale for his opening of the bookshop a century ago and plays a ruse on Gabriel to avoid them bringing Aziraphale back to heaven. Why it’s not in the Amazon etc version of the book I have no idea, Neil even refers to the scene in the foreword so it seems an odd omission. But nomatter, there’s the delete four other horsemen scene and a lovely foreword by Neil, and a lot of little extra info and gems that make this a thoroughly enjoyable reading experience.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    I enjoyed reading every moment of this script book. It is like watching the tv show with little moments that are added in. You get brief moments that are not in the show that adds to the story. My favorite moments are in episode 3 where it shows the long history between Crowley and Aziraphale. And the scene set in Paris during the French Revolution is my favorite. It shows Azitaphale at his finest. He comes into the middle of a revolution dressed in finery because he wants crepes. I am a huge fan I enjoyed reading every moment of this script book. It is like watching the tv show with little moments that are added in. You get brief moments that are not in the show that adds to the story. My favorite moments are in episode 3 where it shows the long history between Crowley and Aziraphale. And the scene set in Paris during the French Revolution is my favorite. It shows Azitaphale at his finest. He comes into the middle of a revolution dressed in finery because he wants crepes. I am a huge fan of the series and this book adds more to the tale Anyone who has enjoyed the amazing tv show or the original book will love this book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Helena Aeberli

    So yes, maybe its a bit pathetic that I can now quote whole swathes of this show. And that I spent a healthy portion of reading this collecting 'Crowley has anxiety' moments. And being bitter about how much of the Horsemen we lost out of. But also, this show and the book before it have improved my life a thousand times over, so I might as well let it bring me as much joy as it can! Oh, and this direction... break my heart why don't you. So yes, maybe its a bit pathetic that I can now quote whole swathes of this show. And that I spent a healthy portion of reading this collecting 'Crowley has anxiety' moments. And being bitter about how much of the Horsemen we lost out of. But also, this show and the book before it have improved my life a thousand times over, so I might as well let it bring me as much joy as it can! Oh, and this direction... break my heart why don't you.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Boom! I am lost to the Good Omens fandom and have been reading nothing but Good Omens fanfic since this one...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rachael

    I absolutely loved this - it was devilishly good! It made me as happy as Aziraphale dancing a gavotte. If you've read Good Omens, you should read/watch this too as it has additional details. Terry Pratchett would be so proud of how amazing Neil Gaiman's scripts are. I absolutely loved this - it was devilishly good! It made me as happy as Aziraphale dancing a gavotte. If you've read Good Omens, you should read/watch this too as it has additional details. Terry Pratchett would be so proud of how amazing Neil Gaiman's scripts are.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Michael Cook

    Companion books to movies and TV shows are always a bit of a dice roll when it comes to their quality. While they're usually filled with interesting anecdotes and tons of pictures, they have a habit of feeling little more than a fluff piece used as advertisement for that film/TV series. Luckily, this isn't the case with either of the two books released as tie-ins for Amazon Prime and BBC's recent adaptation of Good Omens. Both books - a traditional companion and a book featuring all of Neil Gaim Companion books to movies and TV shows are always a bit of a dice roll when it comes to their quality. While they're usually filled with interesting anecdotes and tons of pictures, they have a habit of feeling little more than a fluff piece used as advertisement for that film/TV series. Luckily, this isn't the case with either of the two books released as tie-ins for Amazon Prime and BBC's recent adaptation of Good Omens. Both books - a traditional companion and a book featuring all of Neil Gaiman's scripts for the series - are excellent reads, managing to be both informative and worthwhile reads even for those who know everything there is to know about the series and its creation. Oftentimes, these days, script books end up being more disappointing than they should be. The biggest fun of a script book is getting to read the scenes that didn't make the final cut of the film/tv series and, too often, many modern script books are edited to match the final cut of the film instead of the final shooting draft of the script (looking at you Fantastic Beasts screenplays). This, thankfully, isn't the case with The Quite Nice and Fairly Accurate Good Omens Script Book. This script book features the scripts exactly as they were at the end of filming - plus a few scenes that were cut prior to filming! Gaiman, who has previous experience writing scripts for film and TV, manages to craft a series of incredibly well-written scripts. As he says in his introduction, the stage directions for these scripts are unlike that one might find in the average film/TV script as they're filled with jokes and notes to the director and that's typically something most screenwriters avoid. But that's the thing that makes these scripts so enjoyable. Through these unusual stage directions, Gaiman's authorial voice shines the brightest. Even without them, though, these scripts are deeply enjoyable. It's amazing how well-written they are and how utterly faithful they are to Gaiman and Pratchett's original book. Script books aren't for everyone and this one won't be for those who don't like reading scripts. This isn't a novel; that novel already exists and can be read by anyone at any time. But for those of us who enjoy reading scripts, this book is a gift. It's beautifully written, well-formatted, and filled with deleted scenes and super enjoyable stage directions. I recommend this book solely for the deleted scenes and the opportunity at seeing how Gaiman initially envisioned some of the scenes that ended up slightly differently in the final broadcast show. Overall, The Quite Nice and Fairly Accurate Good Omens Script Book is a wonderful collection of all six scripts for this adaptation. Gaiman clearly has experience writing screenplays (from his multiple TV and film projects) and it shows in the construction of these scripts. It's super nice having the scripts to go along with the show and the deleted scenes make the book a must-have for fans.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ric

    After finishing the tv show earlier this year, I wanted to reread the book because it’s one of my all time favorites. But I picked this edition up on a whim at work the other day and decided that I’d read (or reread?) it in a slightly different way. The characters are so memorable, and the story is truly incredible. I remember when I read the book for the first time, it was right around the time that I was getting into Doctor Who, and I pictured David Tennant as Crowley because he was my favorit After finishing the tv show earlier this year, I wanted to reread the book because it’s one of my all time favorites. But I picked this edition up on a whim at work the other day and decided that I’d read (or reread?) it in a slightly different way. The characters are so memorable, and the story is truly incredible. I remember when I read the book for the first time, it was right around the time that I was getting into Doctor Who, and I pictured David Tennant as Crowley because he was my favorite character. So reading this and watching the tv show with such a fantastic cast lead by Tennant and Michael Sheen was incredible, and exactly how I could’ve wanted it when I first read the book. Good Omens is a fantastic book, one of the best I have ever read. The tv script was slightly different than the book in a couple of different ways, but neither was really bad. The first way was the subtle differences between the book and the show/script. There were a few bigger ones towards the end that I won’t get into, but it made the reading experience slightly different which I liked. And the second was more impactful in a way, and that was Gaiman’s stage directions. There were a couple of them that said “if Terry were alive, he’d want...”, which made you really think about how Gaiman was doing this as much for his friend as himself. I’d say definitely read the book if you haven’t read the book and you’re choosing between both of them, definitely go for the book. But reading this on top of the book is a great call.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Brigi

    Read for the 2019 Popsugar challenge: a book becoming a movie in 2019 (honestly, this is just an excuse for me to gush about the TV show). Some of you are familiar with my infinite love for Good Omens, so when Neil announced that it was going to be turned into a TV show, I was over the moon. I must say that after the casting had been announced and up to the moment I saw the show, I had been quite anxious. I didn't like that Aziraphale's hair was such a bleached blonde or even Crowley's red. xD Bu Read for the 2019 Popsugar challenge: a book becoming a movie in 2019 (honestly, this is just an excuse for me to gush about the TV show). Some of you are familiar with my infinite love for Good Omens, so when Neil announced that it was going to be turned into a TV show, I was over the moon. I must say that after the casting had been announced and up to the moment I saw the show, I had been quite anxious. I didn't like that Aziraphale's hair was such a bleached blonde or even Crowley's red. xD But now, having seen the glory that is the show, I can rest well: it's the best book adaptation I have ever seen. Even better than the book, to be honest. I love that Aziraphale and Crowley get such a prominent place, and I love that I can tag this with lgbtqa, because, as the great Neilman said, it is a love story. I have never been more grateful than for the first half of episode 3 which illustrates the amazing relationship between these two. My expectations for love stories are so damn high right now, don't think anything will ever beat an angel and a demon being idiots in love for 6000 years and then saving the world together while also adopting the Antichrist. My only complaint is that the version I got doesn't have the Crowley brings flowers for Aziraphale scene, which honestly, big shame. BUT I did buy it with Neil's signature on it, and then I met the lovely Michael Sheen who also signed it :D

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lara Vehar

    Honestly? I read the original book last year and it was … okay- some parts made me laugh but it was nothing amazing or ground breaking for me- maybe it was because I watched the tv show first - but I liked that version much more than I liked the original book. So when this book came out I of course needed to get it and read it- I am not a huge fan of script books - heck besides this one I've only read The cursed child and I really enjoyed this one. The chemistry between the main two characters i Honestly? I read the original book last year and it was … okay- some parts made me laugh but it was nothing amazing or ground breaking for me- maybe it was because I watched the tv show first - but I liked that version much more than I liked the original book. So when this book came out I of course needed to get it and read it- I am not a huge fan of script books - heck besides this one I've only read The cursed child and I really enjoyed this one. The chemistry between the main two characters is amazing and each actor is perfect for their role. Whilst I absolutely despised Shadwell in the original book he was all right in this one. Since I've watched the series before hand I saw every scene play out in my head as I read- aside from the deleted scenes that is. I wish that we got that montage of Crowley trying to fall asleep - that would have been so awesome, and whilst we lost the other four horseman that were easily my favourite part in the original book we at least got that last deleted scene with them - that was both lovely and sad to read. Oh and I also just adored all the funny remarks and notes Neil added to this book - it made me laugh even harder - All in all it's a nice and easy read and it's a good one at that. Can't wait to reread this one in the future!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Robert Collins

    2000,000 People signed a positions saying this was Blasphemous , it is all most at the end why, one word does it.But as I HATE SPOILERS if want to find out read the book. Two cut scenes both very funny but can see why they ended up on the cutting room floor. Love the Buddy Holly songs hope they make the show & the next book I read helped this book.TV Companion by Matt Whyman all photos & background info.This script book should be read first then the TV non fiction book. I do not think anybody but D 2000,000 People signed a positions saying this was Blasphemous , it is all most at the end why, one word does it.But as I HATE SPOILERS if want to find out read the book. Two cut scenes both very funny but can see why they ended up on the cutting room floor. Love the Buddy Holly songs hope they make the show & the next book I read helped this book.TV Companion by Matt Whyman all photos & background info.This script book should be read first then the TV non fiction book. I do not think anybody but David (Doctor Who) Tennant could been Crowley as plays the part as cross between The Dark Doctor & The Master.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Eleanor (bookishcourtier)

    oh I love this tv show so much.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Caro Joe

    I love this shitty show so much and this is just perfect. One of the deleted scenes. Why deleted. It‘s perfect!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Malkie Hematillake

    This is honestly one of the funniest things I have ever read. “he’s delirious, Sarge” “I’m not. I know who I am. I’m people covered in fish.”

  18. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Reading this in script form is delightful, especially since you get Neil Gaiman’s side notes such as, “The plants are terrified. I have no idea how to show they are terrified.” (I’m paraphrasing, but you get the gist.)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mia

    me, after watching aziraphale and crowley interact for five (5) minutes on screen: maybe true love *is* real

  20. 5 out of 5

    Markéta Effenbergerová

    I've read GO countless times, it's one of my most favourite books of all times. The BBC radio drama is very dear to me and I've been carrying it on my phone since it was released during Christmas couple of years ago. I've seen the brilliant show, not countless, but more-than-is-probably-healthy times definitely. And then the Script book was released and I am just a weak human who succumbed in the end and I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED. There are the obvious things like bits that never made the cut, or b I've read GO countless times, it's one of my most favourite books of all times. The BBC radio drama is very dear to me and I've been carrying it on my phone since it was released during Christmas couple of years ago. I've seen the brilliant show, not countless, but more-than-is-probably-healthy times definitely. And then the Script book was released and I am just a weak human who succumbed in the end and I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED. There are the obvious things like bits that never made the cut, or being able to stretch and savour my favourite scenes(all of them) and to see the changes and development the text went through before becoming it's final magical form on the screen. And then there were the treats. The small things. The things that make you realize that it actually took more than just Neil Gaiman and the ghost of Terry Pratchett, but quite a lot of briliant people who worked together and helped each other to make something as beautiful as the show. And this realization is very comforting. One of my favourite bits that I will definitely reference next time I'm working on a scene is: The plants are terrified. No, I don't know how we show this on television either.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Vicki

    What happens when your favorite book gets a spectacular adaptation and you watch said adaptation five times in two weeks? Obviously, you buy the script book. A fun read to get some of the insights of what Neil Gaiman originally intended from the mini-series. There are things I wish had been kept in, some that I’m glad were ultimately changed, but I mostly love seeing how the actors interpreted the dialogue and actions. But best of all? The stage directions are hilarious. Also, Mr. Gaiman, your man-c What happens when your favorite book gets a spectacular adaptation and you watch said adaptation five times in two weeks? Obviously, you buy the script book. A fun read to get some of the insights of what Neil Gaiman originally intended from the mini-series. There are things I wish had been kept in, some that I’m glad were ultimately changed, but I mostly love seeing how the actors interpreted the dialogue and actions. But best of all? The stage directions are hilarious. Also, Mr. Gaiman, your man-crush on Jon Hamm is showing. 😉

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mashara

    This book is a wonderful insight into turning a book as dense in story as Good Omens into a watchable 6 hours of television. There's cut scenes that never made it to the show and I sincerely don't feel any were much a loss. Gaiman mourns the cut of the 4 bikers that follow the 4 Horsemen in the book, I for myself don't. I think in the context of the book they were a fun addition, in the TV they would have been a distraction, and if anything what needed more fleshing out in the TV was the 4 childr This book is a wonderful insight into turning a book as dense in story as Good Omens into a watchable 6 hours of television. There's cut scenes that never made it to the show and I sincerely don't feel any were much a loss. Gaiman mourns the cut of the 4 bikers that follow the 4 Horsemen in the book, I for myself don't. I think in the context of the book they were a fun addition, in the TV they would have been a distraction, and if anything what needed more fleshing out in the TV was the 4 children. I expected to see some more insight into the Them, it's really little what made it to the screen, and the book had a whole world of it. Other than that, I found it funny and interesting. There's descriptions that Gaiman did of scenes, that are so good they were moved to the final script.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Daphne

    The Good Omens TV show is my new obsession currently, which is surprising because I gave the book only a 3.5 rating I enjoyed reading the script of the show a lot, it added a bunch of new details, and it's very interesting to get a glimpse at the process of writing a tv show. Now I really want to reread the original book to see if my enjoyment of the tv show has changed my perspective on the story. The Good Omens TV show is my new obsession currently, which is surprising because I gave the book only a 3.5 rating I enjoyed reading the script of the show a lot, it added a bunch of new details, and it's very interesting to get a glimpse at the process of writing a tv show. Now I really want to reread the original book to see if my enjoyment of the tv show has changed my perspective on the story.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tanya Parsons

    Wow! I've read the book, watched the amazon prime adaptation and read the script book. All are 100% superb, each in their own way. The consistency of the brilliance that is Neil Gaiman is, naturally, foremost. What a wonderful job he has done. I do feel that there is just something slightly lacking in the script which I would have to define as the whimsy brought by Terry Pratchett, and a certain turn of phrase that those familiar with his writing soon learn to identify, although, happily, his pr Wow! I've read the book, watched the amazon prime adaptation and read the script book. All are 100% superb, each in their own way. The consistency of the brilliance that is Neil Gaiman is, naturally, foremost. What a wonderful job he has done. I do feel that there is just something slightly lacking in the script which I would have to define as the whimsy brought by Terry Pratchett, and a certain turn of phrase that those familiar with his writing soon learn to identify, although, happily, his presence throughout is still very strong.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Zoha Salahuddin

    I don't even read script books, but I loved this. I don't even read script books, but I loved this.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mer Mendoza (Merlyn’s Book Hoard)

    Many times over the years, I have thought back to an interview with Neil Gaiman where he talked about writing an episode for Doctor Who and being told he needed to stop putting the best jokes in the stage directions. I laughed a little when I saw that same anecdote repeated in the introduction to this script book. As I read, I found myself very glad that Mr. Gaiman has apparently elected to ignore that particular piece of professional advice. The stage directions in this script book are a deligh Many times over the years, I have thought back to an interview with Neil Gaiman where he talked about writing an episode for Doctor Who and being told he needed to stop putting the best jokes in the stage directions. I laughed a little when I saw that same anecdote repeated in the introduction to this script book. As I read, I found myself very glad that Mr. Gaiman has apparently elected to ignore that particular piece of professional advice. The stage directions in this script book are a delight. Additionally, unlike many other script books that have been released for pieces of popular media *cough*Fantastic Beasts*cough*, this is not a verbatim account of the final series. It contains some deleted scenes and quite a few deleted or altered lines, and offers a really neat insight into the creative process to see how much was ultimately created and changed between this point and cut of the filmed show. I read Good Omens for the first time about fifteen years ago and absolutely loved it. I had not revisited it in many years and when I reread it this past summer after watching the TV show, I was surprised to see how poorly some bits of it had aged. It is still a really solid comedy, far more grounded in common cold war lit themes than I would have thought to notice as a freshman in high school reading it for the first time. However, reading the script book for the show and rereading the novel now, I found myself noticing the ways it was updated and changed to fit the current day. This is one of very few cases where I can honestly say that the adaptation has complemented and enhanced its predecessor. The book is better for having been updated, not because the novel was bad, but because the adaptation show that growth and change are part of what helps change and save the world. There are few stories that can expound upon the power of love and kindness in a way that lets the audience really truly believe in that sense of hope, but the Good Omens script does so perfectly, not only in the overt text from the script, but in the ways that it updated some of the novel’s original jokes to be just as clever and funny while simultaneously making them kinder. The jokes from the original novel that had racist or homophobic undertones (and overtones) are no longer in keeping with the times or with the tone of the story as it exists now. The spirit guide Geronimo scene from the novel would easily read for just about any modern audience as casual inadvertent racism, or at least really awkward cultural appropriation. Having him replaced with the fake spirit of a sickly Victorian orphan keeps the ridiculous tone of the séance without any of the unpleasant cultural baggage. The scene remains funny, without allowing itself to be unkind. Similar alterations were made to Shadwell and to Newt’s car. There is something really reassuring about seeing changes like this, that seems to say to the world, “this is not who we are now” and showing that “PC Culture” isn’t about ruining things, it is about making things better in ways that can also make them kinder. These aren't changes that even really impact the plot. It's still the end of the world. Everything still catches fire and tries to burn, but the updated text goes out of its way not to singe any audience members with it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Emi

    I fucking love this. With all my heart, seriously. I don't have enough words, I just have loads and loads of love for this TV series, even more than what I have for the book (which I also loved very much). It's really hard for a TV series to be better than the book material, but Good Omens, in its TV version, was a beauty all for itself. As a book lover, and a passionate book fan and shipper, I can only praise what Neil Gaiman made here, with all the amazing cast and crew that was part of the ad I fucking love this. With all my heart, seriously. I don't have enough words, I just have loads and loads of love for this TV series, even more than what I have for the book (which I also loved very much). It's really hard for a TV series to be better than the book material, but Good Omens, in its TV version, was a beauty all for itself. As a book lover, and a passionate book fan and shipper, I can only praise what Neil Gaiman made here, with all the amazing cast and crew that was part of the adaptation. Everything is made with such care and love, that I can only wish that every book adaptation were this good. Of course, after seeing what they all had made with Good Omens, it was only a matter of time before I get my hands on the Script Book. And it made me love the work of the actors, director and the whole cast, even more. You see, I have already seen the TV series twice, so I could actually see every scene in my head as I was reading the Script Book. It was amazing to see how the actors made something so meaningful out of this, how they took what can be read as simple words and made them feel so deep, so emotional and funny, scary and feel so... I don't know, so alive. Again, I loved this. I loved Michael Sheen and David Tennant, as Aziraphale and Crowley. I loved how everyone were so comfortable and easy-going showing different characters and relationships, especially trasgender characters, or non-binary, and what I see to be a beatifull asexual relationship. I love what everyone did with this series, and especially, I loved that they made diversity and representation such an important fact here. I feel that this series appeared just when I needed it, as I was finishing college and gave me the impulse I needed to start writing and drawing again. So, thanks for that, people. To everyone who made this funny, satirical and lovely Armaggedon happen, as a book, and as a TV series. I'm sure as hell enjoyed it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sinéad

    Ahhh. My absolute favourite book translated to a screenplay translated to the screen. *happy sigh* If you spend five minutes talking to me, it is no secret WHATSOEVER, that I am a *teensy* VERY obsessed with Good Omens. And Crowley. And Aziraphale. And Crowley and Aziraphale. I adore the book, I adore the show and now I've gotten to read and adore the show in book form. It was so wonderful reading all of the deleted scenes and scenes that shifted around and were in one place before moving to ano Ahhh. My absolute favourite book translated to a screenplay translated to the screen. *happy sigh* If you spend five minutes talking to me, it is no secret WHATSOEVER, that I am a *teensy* VERY obsessed with Good Omens. And Crowley. And Aziraphale. And Crowley and Aziraphale. I adore the book, I adore the show and now I've gotten to read and adore the show in book form. It was so wonderful reading all of the deleted scenes and scenes that shifted around and were in one place before moving to another place and sometimes even another episode. I also thoroughly enjoyed the deleted Other Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse scene which is a favourite from the book. I would definitely recommend the script book if, like me, you can't get enough of Good Omens and want to read more into the process of how this wonderful book was transcribed onto the small screen. Incidentally, the Good Omens TV Companion is well worth a read too!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Darío

    I can't keep on living like this I'm crying. I can't keep on living like this I'm crying.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Chelsey Saatkamp

    I read Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch earlier this year (dang, was it really only this year? It feels like a decade ago), which I liked but didn't love. However, I LOVED the TV series, as it excised a lot of what I thought didn't work and added more of what did - namely Crawley and Aziraphale's relationship. Episode 3? Perfection. I was interested in reading the script to get a sense of Gaiman's screenwriting style, as well as see what changes were made from I read Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch earlier this year (dang, was it really only this year? It feels like a decade ago), which I liked but didn't love. However, I LOVED the TV series, as it excised a lot of what I thought didn't work and added more of what did - namely Crawley and Aziraphale's relationship. Episode 3? Perfection. I was interested in reading the script to get a sense of Gaiman's screenwriting style, as well as see what changes were made from page to screen. What was written out explicitly, and what were the actor's interpretations? It was an interesting mix. While some of Gaiman's scene directions made me laugh out loud... ...others came across as quite impossible, like he was trying to literally interpret the book on screen. I think a lot of what was changed from the script was for the better. Well, except for this: Some of the dialogue also read kind of flat, which surprised me. Michael Sheen and David Tennant are truly incredible actors, to be able to wring so much emotion out of what appears to be a straightforward line. (I'll find an example when I get home...eventually.) That said, you can tell Gaiman went harder on the loving relationship here than in the novel. Lines like this twisted up my heart. Also, the bonus scene in the Waterstones edition? Absolutely perfect, and I'll forever be devastated that we won't get to see that depicted.

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