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Since I've already talked about one witch this weekend (yesterday I posted about Granny), I'll talk about another one today.
    Like Granny, Nanny is a very atypical old lady. She does have children (and grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and so on), and she does act very grandmotherly to them, but she also drinks a lot, has a very scary cat, and goes on exciting magical adventures.
    Nanny is almost the exact opposite of Granny. She's a grandmother stereotype taken to the extreme, while Granny is the extreme opposite of that grandmother stereotype. Nanny laughs and gets drunk; Granny drinks tea and spends her evenings silently contemplating events. Nanny has innumerable children and gives them lots of candy; Granny has none and treats children like adults. They're completely different, but they're also best friends.
    And yet again, Terry Pratchett has created a character that defies stereotypes.
    What other characters can you think of that defy stereotypes like Granny and Nanny? Tell me in the comments!

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For those of you new to the realm of Discworld, Granny Weatherwax probably sounds like a little old lady who lives in a cottage surrounded by grandchildren.
    Well, she does live in a cottage, so you got that right. But you probably didn't get anything else, because Granny defies the grandmother stereotype with every step. She's a witch, possibly the best, and she doesn't bow to anyone.
    She perhaps embodies Terry Pratchett's style of creating characters that go against common stereotypes. That style adds a lot in both humor and depth to Terry's books. It gives him plenty of content to make you laugh over, in addition to a lot to think over in view of people in our own world.     Reading about Granny made me think about all the little old women we see everyday. What's their story? How did they get to where they are today? Almost everyone has a story, but often we don't look deep enough to see it. In Discworld, many people are fooled by Granny's appearance into underestimating her only to realize their mistake too late.
    What's your favorite/least favorite thing about Granny? Comment and tell me your opinion!

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    The other day I found my copy of Monstrous Regiment. Upon rereading it, I discovered a whole new side to the story (specifically, Polly's story). 
   Polly is one of my favorite characters in all of Discworld. Not only is she a very strong, likeable, humorous character, she also demonstrates very well one of the best ways to make a good story: the character arc. 
    In the beginning of the book, all Polly wants is to find her big brother, Paul, and bring him home. She enlists in the army as a boy, goes on a huge adventure, meets a lot of other secretly female soldiers, saves the day, and finds Paul. But, in the end, the journey changed her: she doesn't want to go home anymore. She's found Paul, but that's not enough.
    And that's what the character arc is. The character goes from something (a girl who wants to keep her brother safe) to something that's true to themselves (a soldier). Polly demonstrates this beautifully and clearly, but she's not the only character that has a character arc in Terry Pratchett's books. Most good books' main characters go through an arc.
   What other Terry Pratchett characters can  you think of that have character arcs?

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    July 2012