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YMMV / A.A. Pessimal

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  • Creator's Pet: Arguably, but, he definitely does cherish his female Assassin "main characters".
    • Alice Band is probably the strongest contender. She can be summed up as "Lara Croft Tomb Raider as a lesbian assassin". She's also an extremely promiscuous lesbian who finds no problem having casual partners, and all of her repeat lovers are fine with their open relationship, though this is justified somewhat by the fact she (and at least three of her four main partners) are in an extremely high-risk profession. She's also the beloved goddaughter of the Ridcully brothers — and thusly the informal niece-by-adoptation of Ankh-Morpork's High Priest and the Archchancellor of the Unseen University, with both of her honorary uncles being quite loving and supportive of her even though her actual parents have essentially disowned her for her sexuality. Fortunately, she's emphatically not an Assassin-Wizard; her family lineage (by way of the Discworld's very loose take on the matter) lets her see octarine, and that's it.
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  • Genius Bonus: Like Terry Pratchett, a lot of real-world facts and research works its way in. Some of this is explicitly spelt out in footnotes or author's notes, others are left to the reader's imagination — for example, in The Civil Assistant, the discourse between Commander Vimes and the head of the Guild of Confectioners is a two-for-one deal. The Roundworld Cadbury's chocolate company did indeed create an entire "hygienic village" for its workers, and wage slave trickery (you get paid only in company script, which is used only in the company's shops, so you effectively end up paying the company for working there) is a very real issue that many unscrupulous companies used before it was made illegal.
  • Pop-Culture Isolation: He just pitched in and started writing. Even today the fine details and terminology of fanfic subculture largely elusde him and he is hazy about concepts like "shipping", the exact definition of an OC, or an AU, or whatever. He just writes. Other people, if interested, can argue about the categories.

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