It’s Monday evening here in Montreal. I’ve fallen behind on my reviews, but I’ve planned to be caught up my Wednesday, which might mean two posts a day until then. Sorry for inundating.
DISCLAIMER: No spoilers! Just good reasons to read a delightful book!
Moving Pictures (Discworld #10)
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.
Anyone who’s been following my blog for a while, knows that I have a deep love for Terry Pratchett and his Discworld series. The last one in the series (Eric) was not my favourite, but that never once left me questioning whether I should continue reading. Because even when Pratchett misses, it’s a hit in my books.
This entry in the Discworld series reads as a parody of Hollywood and film culture in general. An eclectic cast of characters – as per Pratchett’s strength – guides the plot forward. Wizards. Con men. Trolls. All looking for something to prove. All ensnared by the idea of Holy Wood, that dreams can come true. Among those are Victor, a wizard-in-training who keeps just passing his exams to ensure an inheritance. All that is forgotten though as he is drawn to Holy Wood and all its promise of fame. But there’s something a bit more sinister brewing beneath the surface and the magic of the silver screen has never been so real.
For film aficionados, this is a quirky and clever read that parodies not only the fame of Hollywood, but the stereotypes it breeds, the existence of product placement in movies, and the troubling term of ‘creative differences’.
While not the best entry in the whole series, Moving Pictures touches on subjects that will resonate with most readers who pick it up. Victor is a relateable protagonist who begins his journey flying beneath the radar, but gradually comes to terms with being the hero beyond the world of film. In contrast is Gaspode, a dog who has the ability to speak and who refuses to submit to the typecast of man’s best friend. He lends much of the humour to the story and brings a surprising heart to it as well.
You really can’t ever go wrong with a Pratchett novel. His wit and satirical genius are enough to divert one’s attention throughout the novel’s length. If you love pop culture and the film industry, then this book is one that will amuse you all the way through!
May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,