Posted 11 hours ago

*collapses* I’m back from the local fantasy and role play con. They got a *lot* bigger than last year.

Stormtroopers, Mando’s, Predators, a Babylon 5 security guard, lots of Starfleet officers, medieval players, post-apocalyptic…

I even saw a sole Homestuck cosplayer (I blame mousathe14 for being able to identify those)

Posted 1 day ago

keirangoldenwatch:

Jess and Colby!  :D  Yaaaay!

Yay!

Posted 2 days ago

How the Safehold Series Won't End

In which David Weber goes Fan Fic.

Posted 4 days ago

My new Toy :)

Posted 5 days ago
It wasn’t just that his brain was writing cheques that his body couldn’t cash. It had gone beyond that. Now his feet were borrowing money that his legs hadn’t got, and his back muscles were looking for loose change under the sofa cushions.
Vimes, Pratchett (via blackboardmonitor)
Posted 5 days ago

The Oath of the Ankh-Morpork Night Watch

mox182:

'I comma square bracket recruit's name square bracket comma do solemnly swear by square bracket recruit's deity of choice square bracket to uphold the Laws and Ordinances of the city of Ankh-Morpork comma serve the public truFt comma defend the Fubjects of His Ftroke Her bracket delete whichever…

Posted 5 days ago
Always take into consideration the fact that you might be dead wrong.
Commander Sir Samuel Vimes, Jingo (although apparently he always says it). (via formalhall)
Posted 5 days ago
Sam Vimes once arrested me for treason. And Sam Vimes arrested a dragon. Sam Vimes stopped a war between nations by arresting two high commands. He’s an arresting fellow, Sam Vimes. Sam Vimes killed a werewolf with his bare hands and carries the law with him like a lamp…
Lord Havelock Vetinari, Thud! (Terry Pratchett)
Posted 5 days ago

the-tao-of-fandom:

Something that just struck me:

Do we ever think seriously about how amazing it is that in Discworld, no female character ever gets fridged for the ‘benefit’ of a male character’s story arc?

I mean, it may not seem like a big deal until you remember these are actually 40 books and how incredibly common this is as a plot device in mainstream media.

Let’s take Sybil Ramkin (also known as dragon goddess of my heart) as an example. The one time she plays damsel in the series is in Guards!Guards when the King (actually dragon, actually Queen. Or maybe not. We shouldn’t presume on their gender identity) is going to eat her, and that’s because she was knocked out stone cold by several guards. Once she’s freed, she proceeds to kick ass and take names like you would expect from a dragon breeder, and you can also appreciate the fact that she kicks off probably the most practical courtship in the history of fantasy as a genre.

(also there was that time she knocked out a werewolf with a steel bar because they were holding her captive and apologized afterwards I swear to gods this woman)

And she is never fridged. Think about how easily most male authors would just go, ‘You know what? The protagonist isn’t having enough angst. Let’s kill his love interest.’

Then, tuppence more and up goes the donkey.

And she is such a positive force in the story! We start out with Vimes seemingly as a clichéd anti-hero cowboy-cop, the kind you’ll find in anything from Lethal Weapon to The Maltese Falcon. He is an alcoholic, utterly miserable and deems himself basically worthless. And then something (a combination of Sybil/Carrot/Vetinari support/scheming and Vimes’ own barely contained rage against the universe) kicks him in the pants and he gets character development like wowza! and we end up with a Lawful Good, incredibly clever (it never ceases to sadden me how he thinks he isn’t really that intelligent) protagonist with probably the strongest moral code I have ever seen in a fictional character. I mean, it had a mental/physical manifestation, for gods’ sake.

And they have this most elusive of fictional things; a marriage free of unnecessary drama and full of mutual respect and kindness, and she does her own thing with the dragons while he solves crime (she tends to help, though) and never is she killed off to ‘advance’ his development as a character.

Because a) that would be a really gross (although frustratingly common) thing to do and b),

This is Sir Terry Motherfucking Pratchett.

Posted 5 days ago
In the Annotated Pratchett, the entry for Night Watch outlines parallels with Les Miserables, and a point is brought up which states:

“Javert, the policeman in LM, is concerned only with justice, which he defines as the punishment of the guilty. Vimes, the policeman in NW, is equally obsessed by justice, but he defines it as the protection of the innocent.”, which I think is an interesting distinction and which seems to be relevant now.