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Moving Pictures: (Discworld Novel 10): A Discworld Novel (Discworld… (original 1990; edition 1991)

by Terry Pratchett

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Title:Moving Pictures: (Discworld Novel 10): A Discworld Novel (Discworld Novels)
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:Corgi (1991), Edition: New edition, Paperback, 336 pages
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Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett (1990)

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Moving pictures is the 10th book in the Discworld series and I have been reading them in order.

This one, as the title implies, is about the 'magic' of Holly Wood, and the problems that can come from living in a fantasy world.

In just weeks, after opening up, Holly Wood is drawing people to it like ball bearings to an electromagnet. They are coming and don't even know why. The 'Other' are calling them and reality is weakened allowing them more control, they WANT out!

Victor and his trusty sidekick Gaspode are all that stands in the way.

Funny book, pokes a lot of fun at the shenanigans of the entertainment industry, specifically movies. I shall continue reading these in order. ( )
  readafew | May 17, 2015 |
I have a love/hate r'ship with the Discworld books.
I enjoy every encounter I have with Rincewind, the Luggage, and the Librarian.
Carrot is mildly interesting
Bits of concepts throughout the series are clever.
Pretty much the rest of the characters, and books, annoy and/or frustrate me. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
Moving Pictures is the tenth book in the Discworld series and a stand alone. While stronger than many of its predecessors, I still find it to be one of the weaker books in the series. I would recommend starting with books such as Guards! Guards!, Small Gods, or Going Postal instead.

In Moving Pictures, due to a leakage in reality, the idea of Hollywood comes to Discworld. The Alchemists’ Guild invents a sort of film with the pictures painted by imps inside the camera. Needing a place to work, they move to sand dunes of Holy Wood. Victor, a student wizard, makes his way to Holy Wood and becomes a major star. But the leakage in reality is attracting monsters from the Dungeon Dimensions…

Its almost guaranteed that if a Discworld book involves the Dungeon Dimensions, it will be an inferior one. The Dungeon Dimensions turn up too often in early Discworld novels as a plot device, and it gets old really quickly. In this case, the plot actually tied together better than in some of the other Dungeon Dimension books. Everything felt coherent and focused, and there wasn’t any unstructured bouncing around.

The best thing about Moving Pictures is that it finally stabilizes the faculty of the Unseen University. All previous books had a different set of forgettable wizards with each book, so it’s a relief to see the now familiar faculty introduced. In addition to the Unseen University crowd, Moving Pictures also uses a lot of reoccurring characters, such as C.M.O.T. Dibbler, which gives it a feeling of continuity with the other books in the series.

However, the main characters, Victor and Ginger, the female lead, are never heard from again. They are better than the characters in, say, Pyramids, but they still aren’t very interesting or memorable.

The main focus of the book is on the Hollywood jokes and references, of which there are plenty. There’s a bit on the idea of the nature of fame and people wanting to be famous just for fame’s sake, but it feels more like the topic is introduced than explored. So in the end, Moving Pictures doesn’t go much beyond the parody. It is missing that poignancy that fills the better Discworld novels.

All in all it’s a fairly solid installment to the Discworld series, even if it’s far from the best. I would recommend it to Discworld fans or to people who have an interest in the Golden Age of Hollywood – you’ll probably get more of the jokes than I did.

Originally posted on The Illustrated Page. ( )
  pwaites | Apr 6, 2015 |
Moving Pictures, Terry Pratchett's 10th venture onto Discworld, puts Hollywood and celebrity culture in it's sights as the Disc goes crazy for motion pictures. Pratchett blends a combination of his satirical Discworld humor with movie clichés, even reverse clichés, to create a fun book but not up to some of his previous efforts.

The death of the last priest of Holy Wood results in "dreams" spreading through the thin reality of the Disc touching off the discovery and inventions of motion pictures, which leads to a motion picture boom and thousands heading to Holy Wood to get in on the action. The set-up seems perfect for Pratchett to do wonders with his humor, unfortunately variations of the same jokes what were funny in the first half of the book are not so in the second. The stand out characters are not the main characters Victor and Ginger, instead it was Gaspode the Wonder Dog and the previous introduced Cut-Me-Own-Throat Dibbler that shine throughout the book. And not all the humorous situations Pratchett creates pan out, especially the one thousand elephants ordered by Dibbler seem to build up to something only to arrive after the second or third climax.

Do not get me wrong, Moving Pictures does have it's good sections particularly those surrounding Gaspode and Dibbler, but the overall book is just okay. ( )
  mattries37315 | Feb 24, 2015 |
A funny look at a magical society coming to grips with the "new" concept of motion picture films. The way the wizards react to seeing their first movie was laugh out loud funny in parts. Not quite as engaging as previous Pratchett novels, but still a hilarious read. ( )
  utbw42 | Dec 10, 2014 |
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The alchemists of the Discworld have discovered the magic of the silver screen. But what is the dark secret of Holy Wood hill?

It's up to Victor Tugelbend ("Can't sing. Can't dance. Can handle a sword a little.") and Theda Withel ("I come from a little town you've probably never heard of") to find out...

Moving Pictures, the ninth Discworld novel is a gloriously funny saga set against the background of a world gone mad!
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Discworld's pesky alchemists are up to their old tricks again. This time, they've discovered how to get gold from silver -- the silver screen that is. Hearing the siren call of Holy Wood is one Victor Tugelbend, a would-be wizard turned extra. He can't sing, he can't dance, but he can handle a sword (sort of), and now he wants to be a star. So does Theda Withel, an ambitious ingénue from a little town (where else?) you've probably never heard of.

But the click click of moving pictures isn't just stirring up dreams inside Discworld. Holy Wood's magic is drifting out into the boundaries of the universes, where raw realities, the could-have-beens, the might-bes, the never-weres, the wild ideas are beginning to ferment into a really stinky brew. It's up to Victor and Gaspode the Wonder Dog (a star if ever one was born!) to rein in the chaos and bring order back to a starstruck Discworld. And they're definitely not ready for their close-up!

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A zany bunch of futuristic actors--Victor, the eternal student; Ginger, the milkmaid; Dibbler, the sausage salesman; and Gaspode, the talking dog--embarks on an epic movie project.

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