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.
This is a gargantuan of a book. Dimension-wise, it's as big as a sheet of paper and as thick as a textbook. Between its covers is a very well-written account of the creation of the Good Omens TV adaptation, from its infancy all the way through its post-production. Included are an enormous array of interviews with the cast and crew, plenty of photographs from behind the scenes, and a litany of other tidbits that should please even the biggest fan of the series. Whyman's time spent on the set has given him a great vantage point from which to write this account of the making of the series and the interviews throughout the book reveal plenty of new information about the creation of the series that fans won't be able to find anywhere else, making this a must-read for those who want to know everything about this series.
I appreciated how well-structured this book was. Many other companion books of this nature hop around from subject to subject as they detail the creation of whatever thing they're covering, but here, it's formatted (more or less) in an episode-by-episode basis, covering topics as they appear within the narrative of the show. It's a great way of formatting such a book and lets readers read behind the scenes secrets of the episodes they just watched as they can pretty easily tell when the subject switches to something that hasn't occurred yet. That being said, I wouldn't read this until you've seen the series as it does contain some spoilers for the show and how it differs from the novel.
I don't often talk about the physical aspects of a book - as I'm typically an ebook reader - but with this one, I must. It's simply a gorgeous book. It's bound very well - though slightly tighter than I'd prefer - which makes it very easy to lay on a table and read. It's very big, which does make it a bit hard to hold but it's no worse than holding a textbook (and weighs a bit less than an average textbook). And, best of all, are the pages themselves. They're thick, glossy pages that reproduce color remarkably well. It feels like a very high-quality book which, for the price, is pretty impressive.
Overall, The Nice and Accurate Good Omens TV Companion is an excellent companion book to an excellent TV series. It's filled with a massive amount of information, lots of wonderful photos, and a ton of revealing interviews, all bound together in a beautiful book. It's a must-read for fans of the series and I absolutely recommend it.
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Headline; 1 edition (28 May 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1472258290
- ISBN-13: 978-1472258298
- Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 2.7 x 28.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 1.6 Kg
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)