This thread is for discussing Moving Pictures
in some depth. If you haven’t read the book then read on at your own risk – or, better still, go and read the book and join in the fun.
For those of us that are going to join in the discussion, here are a few guidelines:
Please feel free to make comparisons to other Discworld books, making sure you identify the book and the passage you are referring to. Others may not be as familiar with the book you are referencing, so think before you post.
Sometimes we’ll need to agree to disagree – only Terry knows for sure what he was thinking when he wrote the books and individuals members may have widely different interpretations – so try to keep the discussion friendly.
We may be discussing a book that you don’t much care for – don’t be put off joining in the discussion. If you didn’t care for the book, then that in itself is a good topic for discussion.
Please note: there is no time limit to this discussion. Please feel free to add to it at any time - especially if you've just read the book.
Please endeavour to keep the discussion on topic. If necessary I will step in and steer it back to the original topic – so no digressions please!
*Moving Pictures by Terry PratchettOriginally published 1990IntroductionIntroduction
There’s something dreadful under the hill in Holy Wood and it’s trying to escape. It weaves its special kind of magic in the minds of the citizens of the Discworld and makes them invent... cinema!
With a cast of thousands including – Alchemists, Wizards, Milkmaids, Dwarfs, Trolls, Dogs, Demons and 1000 ELEPHANTS!
When it first came out, I loved this book – I mean really loved it. It was probably my favourite one for a long time after. But it’s possibly at the far end of my favourites now. It’s a funny book and it has so very much going for it. We get to meet Ridcully for the first time and the Faculty arrives fully formed. It’s the introduction of not only Ponder Stibbons (possibly my favourite wizard) but also Gaspode the Wonder Dog…
And yet, once you get past the funny book and all the very clever movie references, the whole thing goes a little flat. Once you have found all the movie references it’s a bit like completing a crossword. You feel a certain achievement and then you are left looking for another one.
I’d like to see as many of the movie references posted here as possible. Not everyone is into movies and they may have missed a lot of them. Now at this stage, I could post a link to the annotation on L-Space, but I won’t. If you’ve spotted a movie reference then share it with us. Don’t just go quoting L-Space.
This is the last of the Discworld discussions – it’s taken us three years to get here, but we’ve finally done it. We may do some more in the future – the non-Discworld books, but for now I feel like a rest.
As it’s the last one, let’s make it a good one.
“Men never commit evil so fully and joyfully as when they do it for religious convictions.” – Blaise Pascal