Moving Pictures (novel)

Moving Pictures (novel)
Terry Pratchett
The Discworld series
10th novel – 2nd individual story
Characters Victor Tugelbend
Theda Withel
C.M.O.T. Dibbler
Unseen University staff
Mustrum Ridcully
Locations Ankh-Morpork
Holy Wood
Motifs Movies and Hollywood; the Cthulhu Mythos; Atlantis
Publication details
Date of release 1990
Original publisher Victor Gollancz / Corgi
Hardback ISBN ISBN 0-575-04763-1
Paperback ISBN ISBN 0-552-13463-5
Other details
Other notes "Uncountable references" to classic Hollywood movies and anecdotes.

Moving Pictures is the name of the tenth Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett, published in 1990.[1] The book takes place in Discworld's most famous city, Ankh-Morpork and a town called "Holy Wood". It is the first Discworld novel to feature Mustrum Ridcully, Archchancellor of Unseen University, as a character.


Plot introduction

The alchemists of the Discworld have invented moving pictures. Many hopefuls are drawn by the siren call of Holy Wood, home of the fledgling "clicks" industry – among them Victor Tugelbend ("Can't sing. Can't dance. Can handle a sword a little."), a dropout from Ankh-Morpork's Unseen University and Theda "Ginger" Withel, a girl "from a little town you never ever heard of", who become stars, and the Discworld's most infamous salesman, Cut-Me-Own-Throat Dibbler, who introduces commerce to the equation and becomes a successful producer. Meanwhile, it gradually becomes clear that the production of movies is having a deleterious effect on the structure of reality. Ginger is possessed by an unspecified entity and she and Victor find an ancient, hidden cinema, complete with portal to the Dungeon Dimensions. Back in Ankh-Morpork, a creature from the Dungeon Dimensions breaks through, and Victor fights it, having found out that with a camera pointing at him life works out the way it does in the movies.

See also

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  1. ^ Fantastic Fiction Moving Pictures (Discworld, book 10) Terry Pratchett Retrieved 2009-05-9

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Reading order guide
Preceded by
Faust Eric
10th Discworld Novel Succeeded by
Reaper Man
Preceded by
2nd Individual Story
Published in 1990
Succeeded by
Troll Bridge

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