Hi there Danny B
*Leaps to the defence of some of Gaspode's finest literary moments
Plus, Victor might as well be William de Worde or Moist with a fake moustache for all the depth we see.
That's very nearly the definition of an A lister Dotsie - a lot of them aren't 'real' in any natural sense, off screen at any rate
. This is why 'normal' people like Jade Goody can become a 'star' - they at least have some kind of a personality (even if it's barely sentient at times) that raises some interest, often of the car crash variety, when compared with someone like Tom Cruise who's mostly famous these days for being a Christian Scientist and having fertility problems with various good-looking women who're much taller than him
But MPs not just about Holy/Hollywood it's about audiences as well and the part of the book where Victor's following Ginger into the hill and they're in the horrible slimy auditorium I think is some of Terry's best writing - gave me creeps anyway. With the 'stand-alones' I think the apparent 'hero' is very often a shell of a trumped-up plot device and it's the bit-parters (like Gaspode and the Throats in this of course) who shine at their expense and provide most of the action and of course the laughs. I will even concede that Rincewind comes into that category at times because he's the victim of the plot as is Victor and Imp and even Mort at times.
Actually as I write I'm reasoning this out and in some ways I think this is a fundamental part of Terry's appeal? The plot is almost always 'better' and certainly stronger than the hero figure? It's happened to Carrot as well to some extent (as those of us who aren't too keen on him say he's a really static character now and eternally consigned to the stolid moral high ground) and he's now defined by the other Watch characters that were originally subsiduary to him. I think Terry's very bored with heroes in general!