History Discworld / WyrdSisters

16th Jun '16 2:24:38 PM maxwellsilver
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The sixth novel in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series and the first to feature the three witches (Granny Weatherwax appeared earlier in ''Discworld/EqualRites''). Largely [[TwiceToldTale a homage to[=/=]parody of]] ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'' and Creator/WilliamShakespeare in general, and early modern theater practices in even-more-general.

King Verence of Lancre is murdered by his scheming cousin Leonal Felmet at the insistance of Felmet's [[LadyMacbeth ambitious and domineering wife]]. While Death informs Verence that he's due to become a ghost, a soldier loyal to the old king manages to get Verence's infant son and the royal crown of Lancre into the hands of a trio of witches: Magrat Garlick, a naive and romantic young GranolaGirl; Gytha "Nanny" Ogg, a likeable and sociable matriarch who's smarter than she lets on; and Esmeralda "Granny" Weatherwax, the stern, [[DarkIsNotEvil sinister, but ultimately benevolent]] witch among witches.

After some debate, the trio leave the child (given the name "Tomjon") and the crown (secretly snuck into a box of prop crowns) in the care of a band of traveling players (who come complete with a [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Shakespeare analogue]] in the form of Hwel the dwarf).

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The sixth novel in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series and the first to feature the three witches (Granny Weatherwax appeared earlier in ''Discworld/EqualRites''). Largely [[TwiceToldTale a homage to[=/=]parody of]] of ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'' and Creator/WilliamShakespeare in general, and early modern theater practices in even-more-general.

King Verence of Lancre is murdered by his scheming cousin Leonal Felmet at the insistance insistence of Felmet's [[LadyMacbeth ambitious and domineering wife]]. wife. While Death informs Verence that he's due to become a ghost, a soldier loyal to the old king manages to get Verence's infant son and the royal crown of Lancre into the hands of a trio of witches: Magrat Garlick, a naive and romantic young GranolaGirl; Gytha "Nanny" Ogg, a likeable and sociable matriarch who's smarter than she lets on; and Esmeralda "Granny" Weatherwax, the stern, [[DarkIsNotEvil sinister, but ultimately benevolent]] benevolent witch among witches.

After some debate, the trio leave the child (given the name "Tomjon") and the crown (secretly snuck into a box of prop crowns) in the care of a band of traveling players (who come complete with a [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Shakespeare analogue]] analogue in the form of Hwel the dwarf).



* AnimatedAdaptation: Creator/CosgroveHall produced two six-episode animated TV series based on this book and ''Discworld/SoulMusic'', with Creator/ChristopherLee providing the voice of Death. Both series were largely faithful to the books, keeping the plots and most of the dialogue intact, though there were of course differences. In the case of ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'' a few minor characters were dropped, and some characters had [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation slightly different personalities]] (most notably the Fool, who, while he's still ObfuscatingStupidity and keeping his head down, has a more genuinely cheerful demeanor and seems slightly more enthusiastic about his job).

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* AnimatedAdaptation: Creator/CosgroveHall produced two six-episode animated TV series based on this book and ''Discworld/SoulMusic'', with Creator/ChristopherLee providing the voice of Death. Both series were largely faithful to the books, keeping the plots and most of the dialogue intact, though there were of course differences. In the case of ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'' ''Wyrd Sisters'' a few minor characters were dropped, and some characters had [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation slightly different personalities]] personalities (most notably the Fool, who, while he's still ObfuscatingStupidity and keeping his head down, has a more genuinely cheerful demeanor and seems slightly more enthusiastic about his job).



** Granny Weatherwax, unsurprisingly. She proves herself as a master of headology, gets an unpronunceable name right on her first try, moves ''an entire knigdom'' fifteen years forward in time with a spell and gets pass a guard by twisting his arm. Basically, if she wants to do something, she does it.

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** Granny Weatherwax, unsurprisingly. She proves herself as a master of headology, gets an unpronunceable unpronounceable name right on her first try, moves ''an entire knigdom'' kingdom'' fifteen years forward in time with a spell and gets pass a guard by twisting his arm. Basically, if she wants to do something, she does it.
3rd May '16 9:23:54 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* MosesInTheBullrushes: Subverted. After the true heir to the throne of Lancre is revealed, everyone discovers he doesn't want to be king, and would rather be an actor, like his adopted father. Fortunately, an alternative heir is found when Magrat realizes he has a half-brother, who turns out to be [[spoiler:the court jester. In a further subversion, Magrat later discovers that the half-blood was not because the king disported with the jester's wife; it was because while the king was out disporting himself with the peasants, the queen got lonely]].

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* MosesInTheBullrushes: MosesInTheBulrushes: Subverted. After the true heir to the throne of Lancre is revealed, everyone discovers he doesn't want to be king, and would rather be an actor, like his adopted father. Fortunately, an alternative heir is found when Magrat realizes he has a half-brother, who turns out to be [[spoiler:the court jester. In a further subversion, Magrat later discovers that the half-blood was not because the king disported with the jester's wife; it was because while the king was out disporting himself with the peasants, the queen got lonely]].
22nd Apr '16 7:36:06 PM Observance
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* OutDamnedSpot: It is a Theatre/{{Macbeth}} parody but with the other spouse. The Pratchett twist manages to be both darkly funny and rather deeply disturbing. His attempts to remove the blood get more and more outrageous: First it involves scrubbing too hard, then using sandpaper, then a wire brush, then a cheesegrater.

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* OutDamnedSpot: It is a Theatre/{{Macbeth}} parody but with the other spouse. The Pratchett twist manages to be both darkly funny and rather deeply disturbing. His attempts to remove the blood get more and more outrageous: First it involves scrubbing too hard, then using sandpaper, then a wire brush, then a cheesegrater. By the climax, it's said to be [[BodyHorror not quite a hand any more.]]
27th Mar '16 12:26:09 AM Faolin
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* YouGotSpunk: Invoked with Magrat and a castle guard... right before she knocks him unconscious.
-->"I like a girl with spirit," he said, incorrectly as it turned out.

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* YouGotSpunk: Invoked Mocked with Magrat and a the castle guard... right before she knocks him unconscious.
guard. When one of the guards uses [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty another trope]], the footnotes note that he's probably the type of guy who's going to use this one in a minute or so. Sure enough.....
-->"I like a girl with spirit," he said, [[TapOnTheHead incorrectly as it turned out.]]
19th Mar '16 1:37:31 PM LordGro
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* TheWeirdSisters: The "coven" of the Lancre Witches, formed by Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick. The book also explains why three witches are required for a coven: Two witches get on each other's nerves; the third one can get them to make up, so they can all get on the nerves of everyone else.
11th Jan '16 10:13:13 AM Andyroid
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* MagicCauldron: These inevitably feature due to its parallels with ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'', but because it's Discworld, it's not played straight. For example, when they need to summon a demon to extract some answers, the older witches reject Magrat's suggestion that a cauldron is necessary and decide that the big copper pot from Nanny Ogg's washhouse is good enough. As far as they're concerned, the traditional cauldron is just a symbol, not a requirement. Later, Nanny Ogg uses a cauldron as part of a MundaneSolution by knocking the Duchess on the head with it.

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* MagicCauldron: These inevitably feature due to its parallels with ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'', but because it's Discworld, it's not played straight. For example, when they need to summon a demon to extract some answers, the older witches reject Magrat's suggestion that a cauldron is necessary and decide that the big copper pot from Nanny Ogg's washhouse is good enough. As far as they're concerned, the traditional cauldron is just a symbol, not a requirement. Later, Nanny Ogg uses a prop cauldron as part of a MundaneSolution by knocking the Duchess on the head with it.
9th Jan '16 12:04:08 PM StFan
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* MagicCauldron: These inevitably feature due to its parallels with ''Theater/{{Macbeth}}'', but because it's Discworld, it's not played straight. For example, when they need to summon a demon to extract some answers, the older witches reject Magrat's suggestion that a cauldron is necessary and decide that the big copper pot from Nanny Ogg's washhouse is good enough. As far as they're concerned, the traditional cauldron is just a symbol, not a requirement. Later, Nanny Ogg uses a cauldron as part of a MundaneSolution by knocking the Duchess on the head with it.

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* MagicCauldron: These inevitably feature due to its parallels with ''Theater/{{Macbeth}}'', ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'', but because it's Discworld, it's not played straight. For example, when they need to summon a demon to extract some answers, the older witches reject Magrat's suggestion that a cauldron is necessary and decide that the big copper pot from Nanny Ogg's washhouse is good enough. As far as they're concerned, the traditional cauldron is just a symbol, not a requirement. Later, Nanny Ogg uses a cauldron as part of a MundaneSolution by knocking the Duchess on the head with it.
3rd Oct '15 9:36:21 PM Sharlee
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* ReadingTheStageDirectionsOutLoud: Challenged to prove that ''he'' was playing the female lead in the just-completed performance, Tomjon not only plays out her soliloquy in a perfect imitation of a young lady, but keeps on rattling off the script's stage directions and segues into the next character's lines.
14th Sep '15 3:13:25 PM Tianzi
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* {{Badass}}: Granny Weatherwax, unsurprisingly. She proves herself as a master of headology, gets an unpronunceable name right on her first try, moves ''an entire knigdom'' fifteen years forward in time with a spell and gets pass a guard by twisting his arm. Basically, if she wants to do something, she does it.

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* {{Badass}}: {{Badass}}:
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Granny Weatherwax, unsurprisingly. She proves herself as a master of headology, gets an unpronunceable name right on her first try, moves ''an entire knigdom'' fifteen years forward in time with a spell and gets pass a guard by twisting his arm. Basically, if she wants to do something, she does it.it.
** Lady Felmet is a villainous example. She's so set up to seem like a SmugSnake that you'd expect her to have a VillainousBreakdown upon losing, but for all her talking about "strong" and "weak" she actually walks the walk. [[spoiler:She withstands Granny Weatherwax's MindRape and is only taken down by Nanny Ogg's pragmatism, and when confronted with ''every beast of Lancre'' and knowing it's her end, she pulls out a knife, smiles, and dies fighting.]]
31st Aug '15 2:33:34 AM PaulA
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* OldBeggarTest: Parodied when the witches attempt to advise Tomjon and the troupe while disguised as innocent old women who just happen to be passing. Being GenreSavvy, the troupe attempt to be helpful and considerate in case they're being tested. Granny Weatherwax is offended by the implication that she might need help, but Nanny Ogg shamelessly mooches food, drink, a smoke, and a lift into town.

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* OldBeggarTest: Parodied when the witches attempt to advise Tomjon and the troupe while disguised as innocent old women who just happen to be passing. peasant women. Being GenreSavvy, the troupe attempt know that if you meet a mysterious old woman in the road you have to be helpful share your lunch, or help her across the river, or bad fortune will attend you. There aren't any rivers handy, and considerate in case they're being tested. Granny Weatherwax is offended by and Magrat both turn up their noses at the implication that she might need help, troupe's humble lunch, but Nanny Ogg shamelessly mooches food, drink, a smoke, and a lift into town.
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