Moving Pictures Discussion **Spoilers**

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Postby raptornx01 » Thu May 31, 2012 12:49 pm

The film that to this day is still the biggest film in history? :lol: that's a bit different.
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Re: Moving Pictures Discussion **Spoilers**

Postby raisindot » Thu May 31, 2012 5:58 pm

Dotsie wrote:
=Tamar wrote:As I understand it, pre-teen Prachett didn't have the cash to go to movies. He barely had cash to get to the library, and buy the occasional second-hand SF magazine or paperback. Also, he was born in 1948. In 1954 when the film came out, he was six years old and the family were not movie-goers and definitely did not have a TV license.

You might very well be right, but Terry did write a book about the film industry, for which he would have been certain to have watched a good many films, or at least researched them. As Jan says, Doctor in the House was very popular, so he would have at least heard of it. And anyway, who would choose to sit through Gone With the Wind? Snore! Especially if you don't have time to waste watching TV ;) But he still makes reference to it in the book.


Hmmmm....if Pterry was poor, didn't have cash to read movies, go to the library, or watch TV there is certainly no way that he could possibly have amassed enough of an education to be able to come up with the thousands of cultural, historical and scientific references in his books.

This of course, can only mean one thing.

THE MAN KNOWN AS TERRY PRATCHETT IS NOT THE REAL AUTHOR OF THE DISCWORLD BOOKS AND INSTEAD SERVES AS A FRONT FOR A SYNDICATE OF AUTHORS WRITING UNDER HIS NAME.

This would explain everything. After all, what English writer of any consequence would want to be known for writing fantasy parody books? The actor playing the persona of Terry Pratchett agreed to serve as a front for these 'slummers.'

This explains the often abrupt shifts in style. The first 'joke-heavy' Rincewind books were most likely written by someone like--Doug Adams, perhaps?

After awhile, this first ghost author was switched out to someone (or several) who were able to bring more depth and quality to the series (Neil Gaiman? Tom Sharpe?). Then, finally, budgetary problems forced the syndicate to bring in a less-talented writer who is responsible for more muddled and lower quality recent books (George R.R. Martin?). Meanwhile, the actor pretending to be Pterry has been meticulously coached by the syndicate to appear erudite, educated and intellectual.

This could be the biggest literacy conspiracy since someone decided to publish Fifty Shades of Gray. :D
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Re: Moving Pictures Discussion **Spoilers**

Postby Tonyblack » Thu May 31, 2012 6:19 pm

I read a BBC article that said that Terry Pratchett was also Iain Banks. :?

Maybe your syndicate is writing more books than the Discworld ones. :o
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Re: Moving Pictures Discussion **Spoilers**

Postby Dotsie » Fri Jun 01, 2012 10:05 am

:lol:

Well, it's certainly a theory. And never let the facts stand in the way of a good story, I say!
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Re: Moving Pictures Discussion **Spoilers**

Postby Who's Wee Dug » Fri Jun 01, 2012 11:16 pm

Well he did not look like Terry when I seen him a couple of month :mrgreen:
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Re: Moving Pictures Discussion **Spoilers**

Postby =Tamar » Mon May 11, 2015 4:21 am

Rereading Moving Pictures, today it occurred to me that there is a strong alchemy base to the story. I don't mean the obvious one, that the alchemists invented - or were caused to invent - octocellulose which let them invent moving pictures. I mean the symbolism of alchemy, as it was used in the Renaissance to symbolize a human process of personal growth. It's not a one-to-one correspondence, but there seems to be a connection.

The deliberate mystification of alchemy symbolism had variations, but there were certain things that stayed fairly consistent. The material to begin with was common, worthless, and found everywhere.
The standard formula for alchemy is a combination of sulphur (yellowish), mercury (quick-silver, "living silver"), and salt (often considered unnecessary but the third element was traditional). In Holy Wood there is a screen that looks like mercury, and the screen in Ankh-Morpork becomes the same when it is taken over; when the Things from the Dungeon Dimensions break through, they take on the appearance of being coated with mercury even though the films were made in color. In Ankh-Morpork and again in Holy Wood, the TFTDD break through a mercury-like screen. The fireball that destroys the gate in Ankh-Morpork is lit with matches, which are still made with sulphur.

There was a sequence of color coding in alchemy: the process began with black putrescence, moved to white light and dawn, then on to yellow or golden light, and then to red, the Rubeus stage at which the Philosopher's Stone could be used for life extension or to turn base materials into gold.
Victor (and Ginger) go through the intensely dark tunnel to the rotting theater under the hill, where Ginger (entranced) holds up a torch that produces blindingly white light. The theater mechanisms have broken so they leave, getting caught in the blackness of the tunnel again until rescued by the dogs and the trolls. (The professional dog, Laddie, is golden yellow.) The tunnel collapses and the next morning there is a shining white fog.

People asked Sir Terry whether the coincidence of Ruby's and Ginger's names both meaning "red" were an allusion to Scarlett O'Hara. He said no. But nobody asked him whether they were alchemical, referring to the Rubeus stage. Ruby comes out of the darkness of the jazz club and makes an impression on Detritus (detritus means "a common material, considered worthless"), who immediately begins to reform his old way of life. Ginger manages to energize even Victor to attempt more than he had intended before.
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Re: Moving Pictures Discussion **Spoilers**

Postby RathDarkblade » Fri May 15, 2015 1:25 am

Hmmm... very interesting. I never knew that. :) Thanks, =Tamar! :)

raisindot wrote:THE MAN KNOWN AS TERRY PRATCHETT IS NOT THE REAL AUTHOR OF THE DISCWORLD BOOKS AND INSTEAD SERVES AS A FRONT FOR A SYNDICATE OF AUTHORS WRITING UNDER HIS NAME.


:lol: Yep! And Shakespeare did not write his plays, and they were written by a committee of lords and noblemen, with Big Bill acting as a front for them.

Don't laugh, there are some people who believe that. ;)
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Re: Moving Pictures Discussion **Spoilers**

Postby Who's Wee Dug » Fri May 15, 2015 11:23 am

There is a question whether Shakespeare did write all of his plays, instead of most of them. :?:
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Re: Moving Pictures Discussion **Spoilers**

Postby RathDarkblade » Sat May 16, 2015 9:42 am

Why wouldn't he have written all of his plays, then?
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Re: Moving Pictures Discussion **Spoilers**

Postby Tonyblack » Sat May 16, 2015 1:02 pm

That's the theory. All sorts of people find it impossible to believe that Shakespeare wrote all of the plays. Shakespeare Conspiracy Theories.
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Re: Moving Pictures Discussion **Spoilers**

Postby Who's Wee Dug » Sat May 16, 2015 6:23 pm

He willnae tak' a drink! I think he's deid! , on the other hand though A Midgie in yir hand is worth twa up yir kilt.
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Re: Moving Pictures Discussion **Spoilers**

Postby RathDarkblade » Sun May 17, 2015 12:40 am

Bah! I've read all of these conspiracy theories before - both the pros and cons - and frankly, they don't impress me. :evil:

Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare. Sure, his dad may have been a boot salesman, but Shakespeare himself was smarter than people give him credit for. ;)
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Re: Moving Pictures Discussion **Spoilers**

Postby Who's Wee Dug » Sun May 17, 2015 1:10 pm

So the point is moot. :mrgreen:
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