I’m currently halfway through watching Good Omens and enjoying it on the whole. One of the things that I’m picking up from the TV series that I didn’t get from the books as a kid is Aziraphael and Crowly’s relationship, which could be characterised as “more than just friends”, and this hasn’t gone unnoticed:
But it got me thinking - I don’t “ship” people or really write “head-canon” or imagine lives for characters beyond the text - nothing against people who do, it’s just not how I interact with works I enjoy. But a lot of shipping is based on making gay couple out of pairs of men - Kirk and Spock, Finn and Poe, Captain America and Bucky, Aziraphael and Crowly etc - and while I understand this as a response to gay people not being adequately represented in art, I wonder if it does a disservice to the idea of platonic male friendships? I dunno, maybe this is just comparable to how men and women in films and TV are rarely allowed to be “just friends”.