Good Omens: Neil Gaiman Explains Why Death's Subtitles Aren't in All Caps

Good Omens, Amazon Prime's miniseries about the apocalypse, has been praised for sticking close to its source material. That is, the 1990 novel by authors Neil Gaiman and the late Terry Pratchett. Although, some viewers noticed a small discrepancy when it comes to watching the show with subtitles.

In the novel, the character Death speaks exclusively in all capital letters. In Good Omens' Amazon subtitles, however, Death's dialogue is transcribed with normal capitalization.

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Twitter user @elleellabee reached out to both Amazon and Gaiman to ask why exactly this decision was made. Gaiman promptly replied, "This is to do with standards for readers, especially dyslexics, many of whom find all caps hard to read fast."

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Reading a bock is, of course, a different experience than reading text on a screen. And it can be frustrating for anyone to miss a few words due to the extra second or two it might take them to comprehend a different format. This consideration by the producers will likely be appreciated by many fans, in spite of the missing trademark speech style from Pratchett's version of Death.

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Starring Michael Sheen, David Tennant, Adria Arjona, Michael McKean, Miranda Richardson, Sam Taylor Buck, Jack Whitehall and Jon Hamm, Good Omens is available to stream in its entirety on Amazon Prime.

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