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There are too many mangled quotations from famous movies, such as a dog inquiring "What's up, duck?", or a lady troll remarking, on an old-fashioned mating ritual, that "a brick on the head could be quite complimentary, but diamonds are a girl's best friend." And the epic being made in the book's middle-third section is about a civil war, a city burning in flames, and the love between a stuck-up Southern Belle and an older distinguished gentleman. When pressed for a title, the film's producer thinks it should having to do with wind, and finally comes up with... 'Blown Away'. The setup to that inconsequential joke was too long to be funny.
Although I should note that not all of the film parodies are hokey. At one point a giant woman carries an ape in her hand as she climbs a tall building, and all regret that they don't have a camera rolling to catch the scene. And a golden statue of a bald man holding a sword "looks just like my Uncle Oswald!" Pratchett has some fun with his jokes, but I just found there to be too many of them.Read more ›
First the alchemists of Anhk-Morpork discover a way to make moving pictures, and then "Cut-me-own Throat" Dibbler discovers the idea of being a movie mogul, then Victor Tugelbend and Ginger Withal discover the idea of being a star. And so, the dream of Holy Wood begins to awaken...but, could that dream be a nightmare beyond anyone's understanding?
As always, Terry Pratchett is the master of telling a story that is both gripping and hilariously funny. Indeed, while reading this book I woke my charming wife up several times, laughing out loud! The author succeeds in keeping multiple storylines on track and easy to understand, and the book zooms along to its finale, and boy is it a funny one. I loved this book, and highly recommend it to you!
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Moving pictures is a very good story. It's very important in the evolution of the Discworld books should be read in orderPublished 8 days ago by tarotlover
Classic Terry Pratchett. A fun, witty spoof on Hollywood. What more is there to say?Published 6 months ago by Lorina Stephens
And so, "Hogfather" is finally dethroned as my favorite Discworld novel! Terry Pratchett's work is often compared to Douglas Adams's classic "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"... Read morePublished on April 3 2002 by Blake Petit
Pratchett has done it again - He has combined his wonderful Discworld, a world and a mirror of worlds, with the Hollywoodian experience in a sweeping parody. Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2000
In the smack-dab middle of the Discworld series, Moving Pictures portrays a fun-filled, bizarre, and completely extraordinary comedy with some of the most innovative characters and... Read morePublished on Nov. 6 1999 by Joey Judkins
One word: Hillarious. I read this book after readig about Gaspode's other antics with Angua and such, and this tied up a lot of loose ends about him. Read morePublished on Aug. 2 1999
I deeply enjoyed Pratchett's way of stabbing at and making fun of America's No. 1 dream factory. Nice one, T.P.!!Published on July 18 1999