RESPONSE — thank you for your wonderful reply!
- I wrote this article eight months ago. I do not think I described queerness well in this article. As a nonbinary person, I still cringe at how ineloquently I describe agender identities here. It is valid to be nonbinary, agender, and asexual, and I want more stories that tell those realities.
- All that being said, I do not think Niel Gaimon textually establishes the nonbinary nature of angels and demons in the Good Omens TV show (I recognize he does in the books and Twitter). I have talked to plenty of people who do not see that perspective, and right now, it falls more into the realm of subtext for me.
- I also do not think he establishes a clear romantic relationship, asexual or otherwise. You mentioned context, so I want to drop a quote from later in that article your referencing: “Again, Gaiman’s comment doesn’t make it explicit whether Aziraphale and Crowley have romantic feelings for each other or not, but it’s clear he intended Good Omens to be a love story between the pair all the same.”
- Gaiman clearly intended for this story to be queer af, but as you allude to, I do not think it escaped beyond the realm of subtext.
- So what do you call a story with an intended queer subtext that does not escape the realm of headcanon? I don’t currently have a word for it other than queerbaiting, though I would love alternatives, because I 100% agree that it’s not as malicious as more egregious offenders such as Teen Wolf. I do try to say that in the article, but realize that I may not have made that case well enough.