Discworld Crossword Puzzle (open images in new tab/window for a larger/zoomable view)
Please note that I have only read 12 Discworld books so far, so the answers are limited in which books they’re from, but I hope you all enjoy! :)
People think feminism means that there’s a group of women somewhere that want to take trousers with pockets away from men and give them to women, and give men trousers with fake pockets, while in reality feminism is the general idea that everyone should have trousers with pockets, because pockets are awesome.
MBTI most accurate descriptions
ESTP: super attractive physically but it’s all downhill from there. never quite know what they’re going to do next but you can probably bet it will be irresponsible. somehow still lovable.
ESTJ: loud, logical, and get shit done — they are the warrior class of the life rpg. power stats make them unbeatable and if you encounter one, maybe just curl up and forfeit, to save time.
ESFP: giggly little shits. fun fun fun till her daddy takes the t-bird away. great for lifting your mood, not that great at lifting your credit score.
ESFJ: too appropriate, totally lacking in awkwardness. they’ll never forget your birthday, which will make you feel like shit when you constantly forget theirs.
ENTP: excellent companions if you enjoy people who instantly see through all your shit. very clever and very intuitive, you can’t fool them. i suggest you invest in other friends — ones you *can* fool.
ENTJ: impatient with people who make mistakes, namely, everyone. they’ll respect you if you stand up to them but why do that when you can run away instead. cuddle them and see what happens. i’m curious.
ENFP: too puppy to live. best suited for the profession of musical nanny. not advised for use around an open flame.
ENFJ: way too charming and capable, maybe they should stop making everyone else look bad. prone to making other people care about stuff they didn’t want to care about. so annoying.
ISTP: such butts. best suited for an apocalypse scenario, if no such scenario exists, they will create danger because they get bored. don’t encourage them, but don’t discourage them, as reverse psychology works too well.
ISTJ: low drama and low maintenance, best value at this price tier. best suited to actual human existence. least weird, which makes them kinda weird.
ISFP: squishy little darlings you might want to keep in your pocket, but please don’t or they will become forlorn. they notice everything, and it’s unnerving.
ISFJ: quietly and proudly do things for others. if you have a ring you need to deliver to mordor, take an ISFJ along with you for best results.
INTP: cute intergalactic spiders you want to hug and mistrust. prone to making you laugh but then days later you will wonder whether you were the butt of the joke.
INTJ: major dicks and kinda proud of it. prone to being right. prone to liking trance music way too much. all the ones i’ve ever met have been unexpectedly kinky. so i guess, expectedly.
INFP: they fall out of the sky and are raised by unicorns. if you feed one it will follow you home. they dissipate in water.
INFJ: chameleons appropriating your emotions and going quietly mad. prone to meltdowns and needing lots of naps.
Do You Ever Think Of Combeferre and Just Really Wish You Could…
'Ferre would be the biggest space geek ever and i will fight you on that. I mean, he's excited enough about the railway, how stoked would he be if he found out that we mastered that, personal automobiles, air travel, and then just kept going up to the stars?
Can you not just imagine a tiny bb ‘60’s ‘Ferre who was allowed to stay up late to watch the moon landing and is basically bouncing all over the couch and the half-asleep Enjolras next to him because he’s so excited.
Or modern day ‘Ferre who freaks out every time NASA releases new high-def images of distant star systems and obsessively follows the Mars Rover.
..hn, so that meme codified one reason that I like aph poland and aph russia interacting— their speech patterns and register of language are like opposites. linguistic sparks fly!
For that character meme, Russia!
aHHhhh, anon! He’s definitely the one I’m really not sure on! Not that I actually have actually written him in massively contrasting ways - they’re all pretty coherent I’m just still not.. quite… sure…? (See also, that whole thing about him really - at least at some points - being portrayed ‘villainously’ in canon in a way that most characters just aren’t.)
that said. what have I been thinking about. oh-kay. (I made a half-hearted attempt at editing this but it’s still long as.
1. So, it’s often said that he’s like a young child in many aspects. Yes. But, details, what does that mean.
- He hasn’t developed all that much empathy.. And the break between wanting something and doing/taking it is imperfect (the “wish” and the “will” as Poirot keeps going on about!) Combined with the fact that by a certain point in history he’s a big guy and powerful nation… the “he doesn’t know his own strength” thing isn’t cute, it’s really worrying. (And he doesn’t remain ignorant of his own strength; he figures out things he can do.)
- in general he likes (a lot of? most?) people and wants them to like him. Literally and seriously this, though there are exceptions and it manifests in different ways. And he’s hurt if it doesn’t happen like that. Combine with he’s actually never entirely shaken off the feeling of being a tiny child surrounded by big bullies.
- He’s impressionable and then latches onto ideas strongly. Strong believer in whatever he believes. (So disillusionment can be shattering.) He’s really optimistic, you might say.. Like with the ‘liking people’ thing, he really thinks things should be simple and work out. …And if he can see a clear way to make that happen he’s just going to do it (again, combine with lack of empathy and self-centredness and BIG POTENTIAL PROBLEMS.)
Wow I am suddenly seeing how people write him with America and those points of comparison…
2. His way of speaking! It’s interesting to focus on this! Because there’s certainly a way many of us usually write/hear him I think? and it feels nice! bUT I don’t want to make him too much of a stereotype of himself. Ending everything with “yes?/da?” for instance. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that as such!) If I think about it, I especially don’t want to have him speaking “English” (if that’s even what’s implied) better or worse than other nations without reason. I thiiiink, then, what it actually comes down to is: he tends to speak quite formally and with quite a simple register of language, straight-forward syntax. He speaks clearly and unhurriedly, weighs his words, means all of them. No convoluted run-on sentences unlike some people I could mention. (This is how a lot of people write him quite instinctively as I say..)
3. Also, something about him being a big guy, because huzzah a character where I actually occasionally mention physicality! ;;;
(……I do with Poland a bit but I am so, so conscious of wanting to wear that lightly because I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many slim hips and delicate features in connection with one character in my life XD) Anyway. Opportunities for OMINOUS LOOMING are obvious, especially because he probably enjoys the effect and pretending it wasn’t intentional, but there can be also the awkward aspect, shambling/shuffling/stooping/being carefully gentle with things or not being aware of quite how much space he takes up. (on a semi related note, watching the series again, ESTONIA! In Russia’s house eps. So, so much that guy who’s shot up like a foot and half in adolescence and is awkward with it.) 4. Another thing I’m just starting to think through is when in history we’re talking. Obviously him as a tiny child is one thing, but more subtle changes through time too maybe. Earlier on I think he’s more simple and straightforward — he wants a thing, he says so. He doesn’t really get how other people think/relate and at first this just puzzles him - later it’s like he learns to read it even if not feel it. I think sarcasm and dissembling and the ability to push people’s buttons (so very satisfying) is something he develops, including intentionally acting more naive and artless than he now is. (Difference between his attitude with Poland in 1790s and 1945 is something like this but I’m gonna stop now.)
Like I say! He’s… a really interesting case and though I definitely have a way I write him, I’m not sure it’s the best/only by any means - and I think there are some situations in which I’m not sure yet how I’d write him consistently. So, yes if anyone wants to come back and discuss on any of this…?
I have “Say what you wish, it’s yours, true dish, how about a little more baklavaaaaa?” going around and around my head for some reason.
Oh nooooo he’s going in for the hug!!! (it,s ok it’s a game, Poland just doesn’t want to get stubble poked in the eye)
after seeing this I had to draw France/Poland forehead kiss too
(and lets say Poland’s bending his knees because I didn’t mean for him to be that much shorter than France………)
POLAND!! ♥ ♥ ♥
you know what guys when I see a post like ‘UGH PEOPLE WHO WRITE POLAND TOTALLY WRONG UGH’ I still think that’s about me
the more I think about this. I. think about him most of the time. BUT. ahaha. not very… consciously always? just… talk talk talk. he’s very talkative. it’s all about the dialogue. …possibly i am really out of character after all;;
but okay, just a few points of the lengthy scribblings this elicited:
- There can be quite a difference in how he acts around those he knows well and those he doesn’t. …Argh I feel like all this goes without saying, it’s like the main thing in all them character profiles! And yet. xd Well, to elaborate a bit, then. I think the extreme shyness in ye olden days has been toned down somewhat by passing time, but it’s still there. I think this is where I’m coming from in the earlier periods of the Eng/Pol WW2 stories where he’s all shorter sentences and more subdued — he doesn’t know England all that well yet, on top of the language issue and being in a very difficult situation. Also he’s capable of continuing to talk back to enemies and those with power over him to a really impressive point, partly because he and his neighbours go way back I guess.
- When he is talking away, talks e x t r a v a g e n t l y ! That’s a main thing :D Maybe this is my guilty pleasure but yeah basically he must have the best lines! Informal register of language of some kind, definitely, but also — high flown! logical leaps and non sequiturs! sudden flashes of logic or intuition and not letting a thread go until he’s unraveled the whole jumper! weird figures of speech!
- Some general term that covers proud/stubborn/defiant/’honourable’ even - this is both positive and negative. Can be to the detriment of personal relationships (always has to have the last word and ‘win’ arguments/games), and to his own health (he will not stay down and shut up). It also helps keep him going through dark times, and, crucially…. gives us some fantastic sassy dialogue as he does so XD
Basically. It’s like……. Hima - with something of a view to history, btw, right from the very first - wrote Poland as this giddy eccentric with the funny speech pattern who never takes anything seriously… so as to avoid having him just as a tragic victim (……/tragic hero? tonally, that still wouldn’t fit, that’s the issue). But he went so far in that direction that now the fandom spends all our time trying to redress that and make him suitably tragic and serious again!
…OF COURSE he is both/all?? obviously!! and what a wonderful dynamic layered character to write and think about for it.