Guards! Guards!(via trekkybear)
30 Day Book Challenge #15: Favourite Male Character
Sam Vimes from the Discworld Novels by Terry Pratchett.
This was a tough competition, the sad truth is that there are way more interesting male characters in most novels than girls. That’s how I figured out I needed to be a writer. As a kid, with an absence of heroines to pretend to be I started to make my own up.
But Sam Vimes is brilliant because he’s so different. He’s not young, he’s not virtuous and he’s not innocent. He makes difficult choices and sometimes he’s wrong. He’s dialogue is snappy and the reader actually believes his motivations and decisions. He’s a real world hero in a fantasy world and it works surprisingly well.
(Picture: Sam Vimes by Merlkir on DeviantART.)
My favorite character from the Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett.
“There’s some magical creature called, ‘overtime,’ only no one’s even seen its footprints.” ~Commander Samuel Vimes
“We work as a team and we’re pretty much making it up as we go along, and half the time we’re not even certain what the law is, so it can get interesting.” ~Commander Samuel Vimes
“I was talking about policing, not alcohol. There’s lots of people willing to help you with the alcohol business, but there’s no one out there arranging little meetings where you can stand up and say, ‘My name is Sam and I’m a really suspicious [jerk].’” ~Commander Samuel Vimes
“The Watchman’s helmet isn’t like a crown. Even when you take it off, you’re still wearing it.” ~Commander Samuel Vimes
“That’s rumor for you. If we could modulate it with the truth, how useful it could be…” ~Commander Sir Samuel Vimes
“I’m worried and confused. So the first rule in the book is to spread it around.” ~Commander Sir Samuel Vimes
“Sometimes it would be nice to be wrong about people.” ~Commander Samuel Vimes
“No bloody flying newt sets fire to my city!…if anyone ever sets fire to this city, it’s going to be me!” ~Captain Samuel Vimes
“But the thing was that good boots lasted for years and years. A man who could afford fifty dollars had a pair of boots that’d still be keeping his feet dry in ten year’s time, while a poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred dollars on boots in the same time and would still have wet feet.” ~The Captain Samuel Vimes “Boots” theory of socioeconomic unfairness
“Funny how I never feel really alive until someone tries to kill me.” ~Captain Samuel Vimes
“Nine in the morning? What sort of time is that to get up? I don’t normally get up until the afternoon’s got the shine worn off!” ~Captain Samuel Vimes
“Do you think it’s possible for an entire nation to be insane?” ~Commander Samuel Vimes
“Oh dear. Why did I wait until I was married to become strangely attractive to powerful women? Why didn’t it happen to me when I was sixteen? I could have done with it then.” ~Commander Samuel Vimes
“Dark sarcasm ought to be taught in schools.” ~Commander Samuel Vimes
“I’m going to make the stupid decision because I don’t want to look bad in front of myself. Try explaining that to anyone who hasn’t had a couple of drinks.” ~Commander Samuel Vimes
“…here’s some advice, boy. Don’t put your trust in revolutions. They always come around again. That’s why they’re called revolutions.” ~Commander Samuel Vimes
“When Mr. Safety Catch Is Not On, Mister Crossbow Is Not Your Friend.” ~what Commander Samuel Vimes told Sergeant Detritus about Mister Safety Catch
“Don’t try to put me at my ease, Miss von Humpeding. It makes me nervous when people do that. It’s not as though I have any ease to be out at.” ~Commander Samuel Vimes
“No excuses. No excuses at all. Once you had a good excuse, you opened the door to bad excuses.” ~Commander Samuel Vimes
“Everyone wants something from Vimes, even though I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer. [Tartarus], I’m probably a spoon.” ~Commander Samuel Vimes
“I don’t gallivant! I’ve never gallivanted. I don’t know how to vant! I don’t even have a galli!” ~Commander Samuel Vimes
“No, definitely no pocus. Possibly a little hocus.” ~Commander Samuel Vimes to Archchancellor Mustrum Ridcully
Yeah, I think these two might be my otp, aside from SamSybil and RubyDetritus
397. Romancing is very important. It’s a way the boy can get close to the girl without her attacking him and scratching his eyes out.
“Whoever had created humanity had left in a major design flaw. It was its tendency to bend at the knees.”
“What kind of human creates his own policeman?”
“I think I recognize the type, yes,” said Lady Sybil, with an irony that failed to register with Sam Vimes until some days later.
|—||Terry Pratchett, The Fifth Elephant (via sergeantangua)|
The motto of the Golem Trust.