Friday 26 March 2021

Friday Fics Fix - Be There, Angel


'If Aziraphale didn’t know better, he might have thought his friend was crying, but it had been centuries since he’d seen Crowley do that.'

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This week's fic is from the Good Omens fandom - the Amazon Prime TV series based on the book by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman that I still haven't gotten around to reading (*gasps*!)

And I think what impresses me the most about this fic is the way that it somehow manages to weave the content of the fic almost seamlessly into the canon.

(Fandom notes: canon = the official stuff from the book/film/TV series.)

Like... it doesn't interfere with the canon. At all. 

It has to be the most canon-compliant fic I've read in a very long time!

Instead it winds itself around the canon, expanding and exploring without damaging any plot points.

...And that's very impressive!

(Fandom notes: canon compliant = fits in with the canon.)

As can probably be expected from the closeness to canon, this fic is crammed full to the brim with SPOILERS.

I don't think you can appreciate this fic fully without having seen the series, tbh. 

Some fanfiction (rare, but in existence,) stands on its own without the media it's based on.

This does not. The series is integral to the fic.

- That isn't a bad thing!

Often, when fanfiction leans heavily on the source, it's to hide a lack of imagination or writing skill (#ToughButTrue) - but not here.

Here, it's the opposite. 

The fic author knows this source material so well that they're willing to confidently play around and have fun with it, without compromising the integrity of either the fic or the series.

Crowley (David Tennant) and Aziraphale (Michael Sheen) sitting on a bench
Via Giphy

What I also love about this fic is that it utilises artwork and humourous footnotes in a way I honestly haven't seen in fanfiction before.

But it's still not gimmicky!

It's used to enhance, not to cover up cracks in the content.

And it gives the people what they want: Crowley and Aziraphale, demon and angel, in secret love with each other.

There is, after all, a vibe in the series that balances uncertainly on the line between subtext and Queer-baiting.

A vibe that this fic gives explicitly represented M/M life to. (...In a non-sex-scene way, in case that wasn't clear!) 

A couple of Content Warnings, though, dearest nerdlets:

- references to suicide, suicidal thoughts, and assisted suicide

- violence and murder

- religious elements (angels and demons, the antichrist, etc.)

- fire

- implied/referenced torture

...I think that's everything, but as always please be careful while reading.

This week's fic, then, is:

Heart Like a Locket by Supergeek21, with art by smeltster

Are you a Good Omens fan?

Humourous footnotes: yay or nay?

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  1. I love humourous footnotes. That's a large reason why I love the Crazy Rich Asians series so much. The footnotes make the book for me!

    1. I didn't realise that series used footnotes - that's awesome :)


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