Only in My Dreams...

dignifiedrice:

The Tiffany Aching books are so important. 

They’re about a girl, in a professional hierarchy created by women, growing into her own power, and growing as a person. At the end of each book, her good work is validated by the most powerful witches. For Tiffany’s success, she’s rewarded in an almost Mary-Sue like fashion (and I use that term in the most positive way). Granny Weatherwax bows to her. Granny Weatherwax takes off her hat to her. This lifts Tiffany’s spirits and reassures her that she’s on the right track, and it’s treated as SO IMPORTANT, and, like — how many other books do that? 

The prizes at the end of the story — Tiffany becomes a better person, she protects people, she gains the respect of her superiors (who are also women). 

Can you imagine that in another novel? The joyful moment of heartwarming, the cherry on ice cream sundae of the adventure, the heroine’s crowning glory, is that some old women bow to her in respect. 

The books are so positive towards women, it’s unreal. Sure, the witches don’t always get along (they’re witches, they’ll always argue), and Tiffany has to deal with some petty one-up-man-ship, but it’s so fucking mature, how it’s handled. Tiffany winds up helping her enemy, Annagramma, who slowly learns to become a decent human being, and is revealed to have her own problems. She also becomes friends with the woman her childhood crush marries, even though they were initially antagonistic towards each other. It would have been SO EASY for these women to be one-note villains, the “bitches” for Tiffany to triumph over, but they’re not, and that’s fantastic. Pratchett does not go for the low-hanging fruit, and tear other women down to build Tiffany up. 

I once had the incredible privilege to speak to Terry Pratchett in person at the Edinburgh Fringe. I thanked him for the Tiffany Aching novels, which had helped me and my husband bond during our year of long distance. And I asked him how he, as a male author, was able to write such well-rounded women. 

"Well, my mother was a woman," he said, and the audience laughed, but basically he said that his life had been filled with just as many interesting women as interesting men, and it felt natural to reflect that in his novels. 

The Tiffany Aching series is a gift for girls. It’s a gift for just about anyone who reads them, but girls in particular NEED stories like this, stories about a world of women helping and challenging each other. Stories where they get to be powerful. 

“You’re normal,” said Cheery, shyly. “I like you.”

Angua patted her on the head. “You say that now,” she said, “but when you’ve been around here for a while you’ll find out that sometimes I can be a bitch…”

said Angua, a werewolf (via goldshitter)

twin-city-ankh-and-morpork:

(xAngua von Überwald by ensoul

“That’s daylight robb-“
Angua’s hand shot out and grabbed his neck. She could feel the veins, smell his blood and fear… She tried to think about cabbages.
“It’s night-time,” she growled.

         -  Terry Pratchett,  “Feet of Clay”


Anonymous inquired:
Grrr, why arent everyone reading Terry Pratchett yet!

I KNOW!!!!  THE MAN IS A GENIUS WRITER!!!!

I wish I could just mail out his books and discworld books to everyone, with $25 bribes and asking them to PLEASE READ.

I mean, he’s hilarious, has a razor wit - you will literally sit there and laugh out loud at his books, but it also has a 200% accurate view of humanity, the good and the bad, and you could probably use a shovel to navigate through the heavy satire.

like, the man is so cynical of human behavior, but never EVER does he look down on humans.  He just really knows how the average joe would behave in any circumtance, man or woman.

He just.. writes so well… and I honestly think he doesn’t consciously goes out of his way to write feminist characters or believable women, minorities, or sexualities, but HE DOES.  Because he has such a keen grasp of what it is to be human.

Tbh, I think that in the future, they will be studying his writing like we study Charles Dickens or Mark Twain.

What a mess the world was in, Vimes reflected. Constable Visit had told him the meek would inherit it, and what had the poor devils done to deserve that?
Feet of Clay, Terry Pratchett (via herrissyvoo)
[1] ‘Put it behind us and move on’ is a political term used meaning, “I’ve done something I ought to be thoroughly ashamed of, if not actually prosecuted with the full force of the law, so I wish to push the issue away before people start looking too hard.”
Terry Pratchett, ‘A Collegiate Casting-Out of Devilish Devices’ (via dephinia)
It’s the most menacing dwarf battle-cry there is! Once it’s been shouted someone has to be killed!”
“What’s it mean?”
“Today Is A Good Day For Someone Else To Die!
Feet of Clay, Terry Pratchett (via herrissyvoo)

ironfounderson:

Willikins by TolmanCotton

I’ve always liked Willikins, ever since his first appearance as a minor character. He is a true gentleman’s gentleman. Do not cross his family