Good Omens – plot and characters

Good Omens is a novel written my Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.  It is a fun novel though rather confusing with the British humour and many characters.  Overall, the fictional book does a good job of examining ideas surrounding destiny and one’s future.

 

 Novel Title: Good Omens

 Plot Archetype: Adventure

 Plot Outline (evidence): The story, Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, is a story about the coming Armageddon.  An angel, Aziraphale, and a demon, Crowley, after spending many years on Earth, find themselves not looking forward to the Armageddon and a war between heaven and hell.  They simply like Earth too much.  They set out to foil the plans of the Armageddon without directly disobeying their superiors.  With the birth of Satan’s son, the boy who will bring the Armageddon, Crowley and Aziraphale decide to meddle with the boy’s upbringing, hoping to save the Earth from its end, at least for another decade.  After a mix up, Crowley and Aziraphale interfere with the wrong child while Adam, the actual son of Satan, grows with a normal childhood.  The story continues with the preparation of the world’s end and the journey to find correct boy.  Aziraphale and Crowley do eventually find Adam and at the climax of the novel Adam refuses to bring the Armageddon.  The world is saved and the balance between good and evil in life continues.

The plot fits the adventure archetype as the story centers more around the actual events happening than the characters.  Although as a reader, one does come to know a variety of characters well, the story is not directly involved with one character’s emotional journey as much as in a quest plot.

 Character Archetype: Adam Young – Hero

 Character Description (evidence):  Adam Young is not a typical hero as a result of being Satan’s son.  He is not an evil boy but he loves to get into mischief.  Adam has supernatural powers but his greatest strength is his humanity.  It is his humanity that leads him to save the world at the end of the novel.  

 Character Archetype: Crowley – Trickster

 Character Description (evidence): Crowley is clever and generally delights in sabotaging people.  When he learns of the coming Armageddon, he is saddened at losing Earth because he realizes, he quite likes it on Earth.  While the mission of stopping the Armageddon is self serving, by stopping the world’s end, he will save the Earth and the people on it.  As a trickster, Crowley seems able to survive anything even driving in a flaming car while holding it together with his powers.

 

A Hero and a Villain

Just like winter isn’t complete without a snowfall, a great book isn’t complete without impressive characters.  Here is a favourite hero and villain of mine.

ImageTally

from the Uglies series

by Scot Westerfeld

 

The Uglies series is most certainly one of my favourite series.  This is mostly because of the exceptional heroine, Tally.  The story is based in the future where a new society has been created.  At the age of sixteen, everyone is given cosmetic surgery to make them beautiful.  Though, not everyone is happy with this version of reality and there is a group of rebels, composed of people who have run away before receiving their operation, living outside the city.  The first book, follows Tally on her adventure into the wild, after Tally’s friend runs away the night before both of their operations.  Tally journeys to the band of rebels intent on turning them in, but while she is there, she makes some discoveries concerning the actual cosmetic operation and herself.  The series asks big questions about what beauty really is and how people can allow themselves to be created by society.  Tally goes through many changes throughout the books.  I think what I truly like about her is that her true self always fights its way to the surface no matter how her society tries to change her.  She never gives up or goes down without a fight.  Her name, Tally Youngblood, even suggests that she will be the one to bring down the system.

 

Arkan

from The Books of Pellinor

by Alison Croggon

 

“What is light without dark?”  This is the question Arkan asks the protagonist in the Pellinor series.  I think this is a valid point, for what is a protagonist without a sharply contrasting antagonist?  Although Arkan is not the antagonist throughout the whole series, he appears in the second book and locks Maerad away in his ice castle.  He is a very intriguing character.  While Maerad is held captive, Arkan has the most interesting discussions with her.  They discuss love, evil, and liars.  The conversations are thought provoking and they make Arkan one of the most engaging characters in the series.  I think why Arkan tops other antagonists in different stories, is that even though he is evil, as a reader you quite like him.