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March 26 2014

Alternate titles for the Vimes books

femgineer:

Sam Vimes And A Moron Who Wants A King

Sam Vimes and A Madman Who Wants A King

Sam Vimes And Fuck You I Said No Kings

Sam Vimes And YOU’RE ALL MORONS

Sam Vimes And Why The Hell Am I A Diplomat?

Sam Vimes And The Dumbest Revolution Ever

Sam Vimes And Weird Dwarf Stuff

Sam Vimes And Class Guilt

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bookhobbit:

bookhobbit:

actually speaking of that I have a lot of feelings about how Vimes and Granny are both consciously resisting their own narratives

I mean, the cowboy lone wolf cop who doesn’t play by the book, who makes his own law

and the evil witch, the hag, the cackling old woman who makes your cows dry up and children fall sick

and I think they both have that instinct, they both feel the narrative pushing them towards that story, and they both resist because they choose their own destiny and they know it’s not the right choice 

and like…Granny would very much like to have been evil - the whole deal with Lily, for example, I mean, Granny was intended to be the Evil Sister but Lily messed all that up by going and doing it herself in the mistaken belief that she was being benevolent and Granny is kinda bitter that she couldn’t choose to be bad anymore, she had to be good to balance out her sister because witches have to maintain balance

so she has this innate nature or desire or narrative tendency to be the bad sister, but she knows she can’t be and so she keeps an iron hold on herself

and similarly the framework of the law is SO IMPORTANT to Vimes because he knows he has the potential to be what the narrative feels like it’s pushing him to be - chaos and not law

and so the Guarding Dark and never outside the framework, never outside that self-constructed prison, never outside the rules

not once because once would be too much, Due Process always because otherwise he’s giving into the narrative - and that is how he fought the Summoning Dark, because the Summoning Dark was chaos just like he could be and he knows how to deal with that

and it all totally makes sense because narrative is a force on Discworld and you have to know how to control it 

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Discworld

#i think the same is true in some ways of carrot and rincewind as well: 
# carrot knows how easily his story would embrace him if he took that step  #but he continues to refuse it #not necessarily because he wouldn’t be GOOD at it  #but because things are already good and he’s happy where he is  #and just because something makes a good story doesn’t mean it has to happen that way  #and rincewind desperately DOES NOT want to be a part of the stories he’s pulled into  #the narrative tries to force him to become a hero or someone important  #and he just wants to be left alone  #whereas moist knows how the stories work 
#and he embraces them completely  #he wouldn’t — couldn’t — be the person he is if not for the stories  #and people’s belief in the stories  #just like ventinari’s penetrating stare he doesn’t resist 
 #he just lets it go right thorugh and still comes out gleaming #STORIES (via 3parts)

friend I don’t know if you know this but mentioning Rincewind on a post I made is the quickest possible way to my heart and may I just congratulate you on your fine and excellent tags because yes yes so much yes Discworld is SO ALL ABOUT narratives and ultimately about people resisting their narratives and choosing what they want to take and manipulating their stories and it is darned amazing

gah

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It was lonely on the hill, and cold. And all you could do was keep going. You could scream, cry, and stamp your feet, but apart from making you feel warmer, it wouldn’t do any good. You could say it was unfair, and that was true, but the universe didn’t care because it didn’t know what “fair” meant. That was the big problem about being a witch. It was up to you. It was always up to you.

Terry Pratchett, Wintersmith

i think the witches of discworld might be my favorite modern interpretation of the witch archetype ever

they’re not glamorous or ugly or good or evil or mysterious or sexy or wicked

they’re just people who do the jobs that need doing, when there’s no glory in it, because someone’s got to

they’re the women who are just always there, who clip old men’s toenails and give young girls birth control and play cards with death for a child’s life, not because they’re particularly nice, not because they get credit for it, and not even because they have to—but they chose to be the witch, and so they deal with it. 

i love the idea that magic isn’t really all that important at the end of the day. i love that most of magic is just knowing things other people don’t, and using them, and thinking. i love that witches are powerful, incredibly powerful, and their magic isn’t flashy at all. i love that a witch’s value is not measured by what kind of spells she can perform but by how she responds to a cry for help. i love that wizards think witching is a perfectly lovely career, for a woman, of course, when witches hold the universe together just as much as the wizards do, and cure sheep. 

witches do what needs to be done, because even if it’s not your fault, it’s your responsibility. 

(via zoehange)

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silvereye227:

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swanjolras:

when i find myself in times of trouble

terry pratchett comes to me

whispering sam vimes once arrested a motherfucking dragon

you are capable of literally anything

Sam Vimes once arrested two opposing armies to end a war.

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So Sam Vimes basically:

Arrested a dragon, stopped an assassin with a gun, stopped a war, arrested the Patrician right after stopping the war, stopped another war and brought two species to peaceful terms for at least a few decades, arrested big CEO’s, and ended slavery in the Disc’s Europe…

Yeah, anything is freaking possible after that.  If one man can do that, with some help and some guidance, anyone can do anything.

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