History Fridge / Discworld

5th Apr '17 6:31:54 PM Lullabee
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* The Librarian is often mentioned to weigh 300 lbs, which is actually almost twice the size of your average wild male orangutan. ArtisticLicenseBiology? No, because orangutans are known to get fat in captivity. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bornean_orangutan#Physical_description The heaviest recorded captive orangutan weighed 450 lbs]], or about as much as the Librarian and an average wild orangutan put together. Since the Librarian's human colleagues tend distinctly toward podginess, it's not surprising he is too.

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* The Librarian is often mentioned to weigh 300 lbs, which is actually almost twice the size of your average wild male orangutan. ArtisticLicenseBiology? No, because orangutans are known to get fat in captivity. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bornean_orangutan#Physical_description The heaviest recorded captive orangutan weighed 450 lbs]], or about as much as the Librarian and an average wild orangutan put together. Since the Librarian's human colleagues tend distinctly toward podginess, it's not surprising he is too.he's big for an orangutan.
5th Apr '17 6:28:46 PM Lullabee
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* The Librarian is often mentioned to weigh 300 lbs, which is actually almost twice the size of your average wild male orangutan. ArtisticLicenseBiology? No, because orangutans are known to get fat in captivity. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bornean_orangutan#Physical_description The heaviest recorded captive orangutan weighed 450 lbs]], or about as much as the Librarian and an average wild orangutan put together. Since the Librarian's human colleagues tend distinctly toward podginess, it's not surprising he is too.
30th Mar '17 8:20:09 AM SteelEdge
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* Granny Weatherwax's hatred of the theater is explained as her disliking magic that isn't hers, but there's a bit more to it than that. The actors are very close to elves in a sense. Elves are described as cats that eat mice, but the mice say that the cats have style. The actors who play villains get away with evil (albeit pretend) deeds, but a good actor would be applauded. When Granny rebukes the actors in the plays, she's protesting the idea of applauding any evil deed, no matter how much style is put into it.

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* Granny Weatherwax's hatred of the theater is explained as her disliking magic that isn't hers, but there's a bit more to it than that. The actors are very close to elves in a sense. Elves are described as cats that eat mice, but make it so that the mice say that the cats have style. The actors who play villains get away with evil (albeit pretend) deeds, but a good actor would be applauded. When Granny rebukes the actors in the plays, she's protesting the idea of applauding any evil deed, no matter how much style is put into it.


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* The end of ''Wintersmith'' states that the Wintersmith and Summer Lady are NotSoDifferent. The Wintersmith's eternal winter and the Summer Lady's summer are both equally barren. Roland lampshades the fact that the Summer Lady's OrpheanRescue is an analogy for the coming of spring, and one well known example is the story of Persephone. However, the Greek barren season is summer, when it's too hot to grow anything. Persephone is more like the Wintersmith emerging from the underworld than the Summer Lady.
19th Jan '17 5:49:26 AM LordofUzkulak
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* Something I noticed on a recent rereading of some of the books, each one ends with 'The End'; okay nothing odd about that, but those two words are written in the same all caps font that Death speaks in - the words are not just a standard ending, they're Death speaking the final line of each book, sort of symbolically showing that the book's own 'life' has reached its end. So not only does Death show up for the death of characters within the book, but he also shows up for the book's own 'death'.
15th Jan '17 2:26:31 PM polio18
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**Actually, it's highly implied that the "Fools' Guild" is actually the [[spoiler: Spy's Guild]]. Specifically, the fact that [[spoiler: Not only do they share a wall with the Assassin's Guild for a reason, they're one of the only guilds that has their own martial art, and they also train all of the hosts and guides at theme parks, who are perfectly normal people once they're out of costume.]]
11th Oct '16 8:06:25 AM erforce
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* It took me a while to understand the logic behind a couple of the characters' voices in the Stephen Briggs audiobooks. I had trouble with Vena the Raven-Haired until I realised that he was going for [[XenaWarriorPrincess New Zealand]]. Reacher Gilt was also a puzzler: the point of the character is that he's a pirate, but that's not a West Country accent, and quite right too because that wouldn't fit the character at all. He's speaking quite fast but leaving weird pauses, and slurring a bit almost like he's drunk... ''[[PiratesOfTheCaribbean Ohhhhh]]''.

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* It took me a while to understand the logic behind a couple of the characters' voices in the Stephen Briggs audiobooks. I had trouble with Vena the Raven-Haired until I realised that he was going for [[XenaWarriorPrincess New Zealand]]. Reacher Gilt was also a puzzler: the point of the character is that he's a pirate, but that's not a West Country accent, and quite right too because that wouldn't fit the character at all. He's speaking quite fast but leaving weird pauses, and slurring a bit almost like he's drunk... ''[[PiratesOfTheCaribbean ''[[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Ohhhhh]]''.
22nd Jun '16 8:09:55 PM loracarol
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* Ankh-Morpork has traits from so many cities because it is TheCity- not an example of that trope, just... that trope. Same with Howandaland, which is so many different [[JungleJapes jungle-based]] {{FantasyCounterpartCulture}}s, or the Ramtops, which are every mountain range from Appalachia to Scotland to the Himalayas, because they're the ideas associated with geography, not simply geography. Discworld is literally made of ideas.

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* Ankh-Morpork has traits from so many cities because it is TheCity- not an example of that trope, just... that trope. Same with Howandaland, which is so many different [[JungleJapes jungle-based]] {{FantasyCounterpartCulture}}s, {{Fantasy Counterpart Culture}}s, or the Ramtops, which are every mountain range from Appalachia to Scotland to the Himalayas, because they're the ideas associated with geography, not simply geography. Discworld is literally made of ideas.
18th Nov '15 9:58:07 AM RookEncounte
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** On a larger level, before Reaper Man Death has taken the time to raise Ysabell, and enough love for her that he was willing to spare Mort. His creation of the field of wheat at the end is showing Death's strength enough to build a ''home'' not merely a residence.
13th Nov '15 5:34:31 PM Sharlee
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* Trolls are said to believe that the past is in front of you, because you can see it. This seems odd to humans, as we think of the future as something we're moving towards, so it should be up ahead. But it also makes perfect sense if you recall that, as per ''The Light Fantastic'', senior trolls are the ones most prone to philosophical musings, and when they get caught up in them they tend to sit down and stay put for ages, slowly reverting to inanimate stone. Of ''course'' they'd think about time's progress in terms of what they see, not where they're going, because they're not going anywhere!
10th Nov '15 12:14:25 AM meitah
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** This also continues with Vimes' theme of having the best vengeance against someone who feels the law doesn't apply to them be lawful justice. The antagonists of Snuff don't think they've done anything outright illegal, which is technically true because they've manipulated the law to be whatever they say it is. They made themselves above the law, which lasted right up until real law enforcement came to visit.
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