Introducing Weatherwax Wednesday

Introducing Weatherwax Wednesday June 16, 2010

I’m starting a new weekly feature today, subject to modification depending on how it goes over. I plan to post a quote from Granny Weatherwax, a recurring character in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series on Wednesdays, along with a brief commentary. Please leave feedback in the comments.

A little about Granny Weatherwax
It may not sound as respectable as identifying with Scarlett O’Hara or Jane Eyre, but Esme Weatherwax is the literary character I’ve always felt closest to. To put it briefly (and to use my favorite quote from The History Boys):

The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – that you’d thought special, particular to you. And here it is, set down by someone else, a person you’ve never met, maybe even someone long dead. And it’s as if a hand has come out, and taken yours 

I love Granny Weatherwax for her appreciation (and consequent distrust) of the power of storytelling to change the audience as well as the teller. Her comments on religion and morality in the books have frequently served as the articulation of ideas I had already felt deeply. I look forward to sharing her comments and my thoughts with all of you.

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  • I enjoy that type of "best moment" too. Trouble is, when encountering them, I've caught myself, of late years, thinking less "that's awesome" and more "Oh crap, he/she got there first — I coulda published that and copyrighted it!" Of all the signs of age I know, probably the least attractive.Btw, and to get meta for a moment, my earliest-remembered "best moment" concerning "best moments" occurs in C.S. Lewis's SURPRISED BY JOY, where he described encountering someone else who loved Wagner's operas.