I was about to say most of everyone in the Hallownest are allowed to be little knight’s dad
but I need a reason to do scribbles on more Hallownest characters
teh worm man
W H A T
Now, we don’t have time to unpack ALL OF THAT, but—
- Cheery’s not non-binary, she’s a trans woman. That’s literally the entire point of her first character arc. And while I’m all for more NB rep in media, getting rid of trans rep to achieve it is not a good thing. And not something we should be patting people on the back for.
- I’m not sure…why Angua is suddenly more senior than Carrot, and I guess that’s the littlest, stupidest thing here to be complaining about, but… Unless they’re also changing the order of who makes captain first (Carrot by a long shot in the books), this has the potential to feel a hell of a lot like all those “competent woman who’s been doing this a lot longer than the random dude teaches him to take the job she’d be better at because he’s the Chosen One,” and, like. Carrot is the Chosen One! Kind of. But not like that. Anyway, I’d have to think about this a lot longer to hammer out why it’s getting on my nerves, and we so don’t have time for that, because–
- Yeah, no, legitimately, WHAT?
- First off, go Google Lara Rossi—I’ll wait. Back? Okay, so we’re all agreed that she’s young and thin and beautiful, right? And not, for instance, middle-aged and fat and plain? Yeah, I’ve got some problems with THAT.
- Secondly, she’s…what? She’s TAKEN TO VIGILANTISM? To combat CRIMES THE WATCH IS POWERLESS TO CHASE?
- Which fucking books were you reading, friend? They can’t be the ones I’ve got on my bookshelf.
- Why did you decide Sybil Ramkin wasn’t good enough as she was? That being kind and intelligent and passionate was boring? That a love of animals and the color pink made her an inadequate character? That she needed to be edgier and sexier?
- But I guess she’s a Hero of the People now—
- —okay, but seriously, y’all, imagine what would Pratchett would’ve written about vigilante justice for a hot second. Yeah, just think about it. He would’ve made fun of that for days. Superheroes. Heroes. In Ankh-Morpork. Mm-hmm.
- …I mean, it’s not as bad as Sybil?
- I guess?
- But, I mean, he’s literally just an evil serial killer, so—
- Are…are you…are you trying to make the WATCH…dark and edgy?
- Oh, fuck, you ARE, oh my god, someone send help.
All of this
can we also circle back to ‘dismayed by how Ankh-Morpork’s corruption has robbed his guards of their authority”, Vimes isn’t DISMAYED, he’s DRUNK AND HOPELESS, and by the time Angua and Cheery come along he isn’t that anymore, he’s ANGRY.
also as I saw pointed out somewhere else, the absence of Fred and Nobby is starting to seem more and more concerning.
Vimes even gives up a few times in the earlier books! His arc is all about his transformation from hopelessness to empowered anger, and how he constantly, CONSTANTLY has to keep himself in check.
Fred and Nobby also had a lot to say about institutionalized apathy, police corruption, going with the flow, doing what’s easy, etc. I mean, FFS, Vimes takes Fred to task for being racist, a little moment that I STILL think about every time I summon the courage to confront someone I know who is being racist, transphobic, etc. But I guess these two don’t fit in with what is looking to be a rote “fighting The Man” story with fantasy/time travel elements.
This City Watch pastiche they are making is going to miss the mark on all the nuance and sub-themes that were unique to each book. Pterry’s works have to been viewed through the lenses of satire and philosophy first and foremost, not just as Fantasy Victorian Setting #5
The more I think about where this adaptation is going, the more I think Mr. Vimes would go SPARE.
Vimes’s anger is so, so important. Not because it’s anything like the often directionless and destructive anger of many (cishet white) men, but because it’s actually a righteous anger about the wrongs in his world.
More importantly, it’s an anger Pterry himself felt, and therefor included in both Vimes and Granny Weatherwax. His satire was mostly about people doing terrible things to other people because of Tradition, or somesuch shit, and the Anger about the injustice of faulty social systems is INTEGRAL to Pterry’s work.
This is breaking the fine tradition of Discworld movies being mostly book-accurate and I hate it
(Also the whole “making Cheery non-binary” thing reminds me of people who, yes, call binary trans people they/them- or even the same-gender partners of cis people -to score Woke Points while still being deeply bigoted. What the everlasting fuck)
only if its funny
me, a reasonably depressed edo period pilgrim: just do it. fuck me up
“I hope you’re all ready for mouth-watering sweet potatoes!”
“I thought we were going to be killed?”
“Oh no, I said marugoroshi! That’s what I call steamed yams!”
“You call steamed yams marugoroshi?”
“Yes! It’s a, uh, regional dialect.”
“Uh huh. What region?”
“Really. Well, I’m from Takamatsu and I’ve never heard of anyone call these marugoroshi.”
“Oh, not in Takamatsu, no, it’s a Marugame expression.”
oh yeah, in celebration of 2019, i feel like it is important to note that 2019 is the last year that chara falling into the underground can happen….
you know what that means yall, gotta go dive into a hole in a mountain this year or never