just picked this up after reading the series again!

intrepid-fool  asked:

I'm new to Terry Pratchett and want to get into Discworld. Is there any order to read them in? I picked one of the shelf randomly and I'm really interested in stories with Tiffany Aching.

So, as a disclaimer, before I scare you away: it is part of Discworld fandom tradition to present newcomers with the Reading Flowchart

It is also part of Discworld fandom tradition to help the Fandom Newbie find an order of reading tailored Specifically For You, because, Newcomer, we’re your own personal reading assistant. 

As you probably know, the Discworld books are separated into series based on which sets of characters appear in them - so you have the Witches, the City Guards, Death & Co., Rincewind and Tiffany Aching, along with a bunch of standalones. 

The books can be read in any order - either by publishing order or series order, or just randomly choosing one with your eyes closed and going from there. I personally had no order in which I read them. After two kind of lukewarm experiences (Moving Pictures and Reaper Man) I decided to try again and just picked up the one that was the thickest and went from there. It was Jingo and then I read Thief of Time and Night Watch, then Feet of Clay and then Guards! Guards! and then Men at Arms. NO CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER, WE GET CONFUSED LIKE MEN

If you like the Tiffany Aching books, you should definitely check out the rest of the Witches series (starting with Wyrd Sisters -> Witches Abroad -> Lords and Ladies -> Carpe Jugulum), because Granny and Nanny both make appearances in the TA books, and they help establish The Meaning of Witching. (The Tiffany Aching books technically take place after the last Witches book, Carpe Jugum, but I’ve always enjoyed Tiff on her own and reading the Witches books alongside that. )

From the witches, most people move onto Death & Co. or Rincewind. 

But. BUT

What next? What’s after that? The series sprawls 40-something books, that’s a lot of options, right?

The flowchart I linked to is kind of outdated though, and also doesn’t give you any idea about how jump from one series to another. 

So…I made a new one. 

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I know this looks overwhelming. Let me explain the legend of this thing. 

The dotted lines are non-essential connections, in that they’re short stories or tie-in books. I know I threw Colour of Magic and Light Fantastic under a bus there, but they are generally considered the weakest books - this was before any solid worldbuilding. 

The deep green arrows are pretty straightforward - sometimes one book links to another, even though they’re not in the same series. For example, Thief of Time has a Plot Event that kickstarts the story of Night Watch, even though they have two completely (almost) separate sets of characters. The Lords and the Ladies deal with elves, which we see more of in Wee Free Men.

The orange lines are Gateway books, meaning that from there you can easily jump from series to another because of connecting themes or characters. 

For example, if you start with Tiffany Aching and the Witches, you’ve been in the countryside of Lancre the whole time - until you get to Maskerade, which takes place in the city of Ankh-Morporkh. That’s a good way to get into the City Watch and Industrial Revolution-themed books, because it’s an introduction to big city life from the point view of one of its characters. So you can continue with the Witches series after Maskerade, or you can hop onto either the City Guards series or to The Truth and the Moist von Lipwig series. 

The red ones are thematically connected books. Small Gods deals with belief and religion on the Disc, and the creation of god, god-like and sacrilegious figures, which is a theme that crops up repeatedly - like in Hogfather, Wintersmith, I Shall Wear Midnight, Snuff, Going Postal. Pyramids deals with succession crisis, which becomes a recurring theme in Men at Arms, even though they’re set thousands of years apart. The same goes for Moving Pictures, The Truth and Going Postal - the first two are standalone books, but they deal with urban development of Ankh Morporkh, despite having different sets of characters. 

Again, I want to stress that you don’t have to follow this at all. You can easily pick up a random book from the Tiffany Aching series and go in whichever direction you want - this isn’t Star Wars, where you have to slog through 3 badly-directed movies to get the gist of the story. The books are brilliant in their own right - some of the earlier ones are hit-and-miss, but the later ones are generally considered to be quite enjoyable. 

It’s just that all books contain a call-back two to an earlier book - which can be easy to miss if you’re not reading in the right order. A lot also have interconnecting themes and cameos, which can be really delightful to find. 

So that is why we write several-paragraph-long essays.

And if you’re still here, and I haven’t scared you off yet….go forth and read. 

(Disclaimer: I have not read any of the Rincewind books, except for Interesting Times, which didn’t really impress me. I’m open to opinions on those books, however)

patience like this

“I care about you. More than I want to. And that scares me. It scares me so much that I sometimes wish we’d never met. I hate that you make me feel this way.You kind of drive me nuts. But somehow I still want you. You mess me up so bad and I still want you.”

Illuminate x Her series, Pt. I, Pt. II
Pairing: Shawn Mendes x Her
Rating: Explicit
Words: 5285

Clubs have never really been his scene. He quickly gets uncomfortable when the sweaty bodies of strangers bump into him, and with the occasional bold girl getting straight to the point by wrapping her arms around his neck and grinding up against him. So he stays off the dancefloor and chats with the bartender when she has time to talk, sips from his drink, eats his peanuts and watches his friends dance to the fast paced, pulsating music that blares from the speakers.

Shawn’s not surprised when a female body pushes up against the bar next to him and starts a hollow conversation about his drink, then claims that she doesn’t know him but says that he looks familiar. At this point, he’s used to women hitting on him once they recognise him; it’s a common pattern. He’s noticed them watch him with their girlfriends before plucking up the courage and making an excuse to approach him.  So, he’s developed a secure routine.

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tamale’s Merthur fic rec list

my fic rec list with a bunch of different ships was getting pretty long so I decided to make a separate post with just Merthur. I’ve read a lot of Merthur fics in my day and these are just my absolute favorites. If you read any of these it would be great if you left a comment, small or large, for the author since all of these writers are incredible and they do all of this for free and only get our love in return. 

The Student Prince by FayJay rated M, 145.2k

A Modern day Merlin AU set at the University of St Andrews, featuring teetotal kickboxers, secret wizards, magnificent bodyguards of various genders, irate fairies, imprisoned dragons, crumbling gothic architecture, arrogant princes, adorable engineering students, stolen gold, magical doorways, attempted assassination, drunken students, shaving foam fights, embarrassing mornings after, The Hammer Dance, duty, responsibility, friendship and true love…

This story was inspired by the thought of Prince William of Wales (and indeed the current Max von Hapsburg) studying at the University of St Andrews; it is also, as the title suggests, at least a little inspired by the operetta ‘The Student Prince’.

Grateful thanks to Lamardeuse and DarkEmeralds for Beta and cheerleading!

-a fandom classic and if you haven’t read this I don’t know what you’re doing with your life honestly unless you don’t like these types of fics then that’s cool you do you but if you haven’t read it and it sounds like something you’d like then get readin’.

In Love With My Radio by lunchee rated T+, 27.7k TW: Graphic depictions of violence in some individual works

Merlin listens to the radio, Arthur stalks Merlin, Morgana lives to create chaos in Arthur’s life, and then everyone goes to McDonalds! Also love happens.

From the kmm prompt: Arthur has an anonymous blog/lj/twitter where he posts about his life, and Merlin follows it RELIGIOUSLY. Arthur starts posting about how he’s stalking this amazingly hot guy…

-it feels like it’s been forever since I first read this and downloaded the playlist the author created for it, but it still holds such a dear place in my heart. it’s one of those hilariously charming merlin fics that captures the idiosyncrasies of the show and it’s a real fun read.

Loaded March by Footloose written in 16 parts, ratings range from G to E, total word count is a whopping 1,261,720

Captain Arthur Pendragon has put together the best team of specialists that the SAS has ever seen, but when his superiors assign Lieutenant Merlin Emrys as his communications officer, Arthur does everything to make him feel unwelcome. Arthur’s job is to protect and guide his team through dangerous missions, and he worries that he can’t do that when the newest member has a mysterious background and acts suspicious when he thinks no one is looking.

As their assignments become more dangerous, Merlin can’t help but to use his magic to keep his team – even his prat of a Captain – safe from threats they couldn’t possibly understand. But when they are sent on a undercover operation against a group of zealots intent on a magical apocalypse, Merlin needs to confront his fear of discovery and derision, and to finally trust his team with his secret.

Arthur and Merlin rely on each other for more than the sake of their mission. The entire world is at stake. When they learn – from dragons, no less – that they are prophesied to restore the balance of magic to the world, they fight on regardless of the outcome, because duty, honour and loyalty is a far stronger driving force than destiny.

-I’ll be honest and admit I never finished this series, I started it on Christmas Day in 2013 and after months of reading it I lost the name and never picked it up again, but the massive amount that I did read left a huge impression on me. the intricacies of the plot, the build-up of the romance, just everything about this work haunted me for so long because it was written so wonderfully.

World Enough and Time by alicephantomwise rated E, 18.9k. TW: violence, bondage, references to past minor character death, angst, brief mention of bloodplay

Arthur had had it all figured out. And then Merlin shot him in Beijing.

-This fucking fic yall. Incredible smut, incredible tension, just incredible incredible I’m going to scream I just remembered this fic and how amazing it is.

Not In This Land Alone by torakowalski rated T+, 36.4k

Modern AU. When Merlin Emrys gets a summer job at Buckingham Palace, he doesn’t expect to even meet King Arthur, let alone become involved in protecting him from a plot to overthrow the monarchy.

-To me, this is the classic modern royalty AU, more so than Drastically Redefining Protocol (which ya’ll should totally read too.) That’s really all I have to say now please go read it.

Pianos are made for Falling by Fishwrites rated T+, 103.7k

Arthur is a world class violinist, trapped in Sydney, Australia, by his fear of flying. In the wake of a mediocre concert, vicious critics and with barely a month to go before his next (hopefully reputation-saving) recital, Arthur is almost at breaking point. When his accompanist, Morgana, breaks her wrist in a car accident, Arthur is more or less doomed. And the story begins, when the Maestro at the conservatoire, Gaius Stresemann, recommends his protege Merlin Emrys to step in. Merlin, who plays by ear, as he pleases and really just wants to be a kindergarten teacher.

Well. The story really starts six months previously when Arthur passes out drunk outside Merlin’s shoe-box apartment.

-This is the fic that made me ask my parents for a violin for my 16th birthday. They got me the violin, and I was obsessed with the idea of one day being able to play it as well as Arthur does in this fic (which of course never happened because while I’m decent at woodwinds, I’m fucking terrible with strings.) If that doesn’t tell you how this story affected me then I don’t know what else will. I spent a couple days just ignoring everything else in my life while I was absorbed with this work and it really touched me in a way no other Merlin fic had been able to. Even if you don’t know a thing about music you’ll still be able to be touched and to fall in love with this fic.  

anonymous asked:

I just wanted to tell you that i adore what you do here, you made me realize how complex Light truly was, and made me appreciate the character, and the series even more, so after reading your work, i couldn't resist and i ended up reading the manga again. Thank you.

This is genuinely the best outcome I could ever hope for from anyone who reads my tedious textwalls on Light and I am so jazzed!! As a fandom content creator, there’s really nothing better than knowing that someone was inspired to pick DN back up and relate to it in a different way than before after consuming your content, so I am just so flattered and -w-

Thanks so much for taking the time to read my posts and for sending this kind message, I really appreciate it a lot, anon, and I hope you had a great weekend <3

Non-Spoilery Section: When I first heard about this book, I had just started reading the ‘Throne of Glass’ series in 2014. Though this book sparked my interest, I never did pick it up until last month during the Sarah J Maas signing I attended.  Even after I picked it up, I didn’t start reading it until last week. And let me tell you, I completely regret not reading this amazing book sooner. Sarah J Maas has done it again. She has created a fantasy series with a strong female lead, a beautiful and intricate world, and gorgeous male characters you can’t help falling in love with.

So this book is actually a ‘Beauty and the Beast’ retelling but in my opinion, ACOTAR is better off described as ‘based off’ Beauty and the Beast rather than ‘retold’ because while this book takes certain concepts from the story of Beauty and the Beast, it’s too unique and ‘it’s own’ to actually be considered a retelling.
This story is in first-person point of view and a huntress named Feyre is the narrator. One day, while hunting for food for her starving family, she comes across a wolf and shoots him. What she doesn’t know is that the wolf she killed was actually a faerie. In Feyre’s world, a treaty exists between humans and faeries and because of that treaty, Feyre is forced to leave her home and her family to live in the fae lands of Prythian for the rest of her life.

If you were to ask me which series I like better, Throne of Glass or this one, I’d say Throne of Glass. This series is great and everything, but to me the Throne of Glass world seems more colorful and enticing than this one.
I do however give this book a five out five stars and then some. If you tell me you’re in the mood for an epic fantasy read with magic, gorgeous faeries, a bitchy villain, and hot sex, I would thrust this book into your hands and whisper ‘Rhyasnd’ in your ear before disappearing into the shadows.

Spoilery Section:  One of the things I loved the most about this book was seeing the world through Feyre’s artist eyes. Sarah J Maas is able to describe things so beautifully. Personally, a beautiful and detailed description in a book does a lot for me.

So let’s talk about Feyre for a minute. She’s cold and prickly, stubborn and prideful, frustrating and kinda stupid at times. I understand her coldness, I do. Her world was literal hell, how else would she be able to cool herself down in a hellish world unless she built an ice wall around herself? But her stubbornness and her stupidity really got under my nerves at times. I mean c’mon Feyre! Wasn’t she at least a little bit suspicious when she saw her lame father in Prythian? Well, at least she knows that she should shut the hell up, even if she doesn’t. Also, why did she have to be so damn stubborn when Tamlin offered to teach her to read? C’MON FEYRE LEARNING TO READ WILL BE A VALUABLE THING. IF RHYSAND HADN’T HELPED YOU DURING THE SECOND TRIAL YOU’D BE SPLATTERED AGAINST AMARANTHA’S WALL. STUPID FEYRE. I also damn near through this book at wall in frustration when Feyre didn’t say ‘I love you’ to Tamlin sooner. But then again, no drama, no story.

So concerning Tamlin…. What can I say? He’s a sexy flower puppy who rules over flower land. He’s clueless about flirting and is overall just this cute, loving, sexy fae High Lord who Feyre and Amarantha want to bang. During the story, it’s evident that there is something wrong with Tamlin’s magic, he tells Feyre that the magic is malfunctioning or something but the truth is, he’s been cursed by Amarantha. All the High Lords have been stripped of most of their powers and put under her control. I mean, Amarantha sucks but Tamlin really shouldn’t have said what he did about Amarantha’s sister. That was below the belt, mate. Who else pictures him with like, Wolverine claws though?
Out of all the characters in ACOTAR, Lucien is probably my favorite. Lucien is like the Kenji Kishimoto, Leo Valdez, Uriah Pedrad, Finnick Odair, etc. of this story. In short, he is the unappreciated sidekick character everybody loves. He exists to provide comic relief, great advice, and hella comebacks. The conversations between Lucien and Feyre fill me with joy. I just wish Feyre was as good as Celeana when it comes to comebacks, it would do wonders for this book.

I tend to do that quite a lot actually. I tend to wonder what it would be like if Celaena was in Feyre’s place. I’d like to think Celaena would’ve been able to sneak Under the Mountain without getting caught. She also would’ve murdered Amarantha without waiting for riddles or tasks. And speaking of which, CELEANA WOULD’VE SOLVED THAT GODAMN RIDDLE IN 0.5 SECONDS FLAT. I skipped a little bit forward so I knew that the answer to the riddle was love, but dammit Feyre, the riddle isn’t that hard.
Another thing I tend to do while reading this book is forget that the faeries of the Spring Court wear masks. But that’s not important.
Okay so can we talk about how spring comes through the power of hot sex? And also can we talk about how stupid it was for Tamlin and Lucien to not tall Feyre about what exactly happens during Fire Night? I mean, A NATRUALLY STUBBORN HUMAN IS LIVING WITH YOU AND YOU DON’T TELL HER ABOUT FIRE NIGHT?  YOUDON’T TELL HER THAT IF SHE STEPPED FOOT OUTDOORS SHE COULD POSSIBLY GET RAPED? DAMMIT LUCIEN. DAMMIT TAMLIN.

So yeah, stubborn Feyre goes out during Fire Night or as I like to call it, ‘Weird faerie orgy ritual thing’ and she nearly gets raped until our prince Charming swoops in to save the day. Before reading ACOTAR, I already knew about the much-loved character of Rhysand. And of course Rhys is the beautiful bad boy who doesn’t wanna accept his feelings and issues. Why is it that these asshole, trashbag characters are the ones to always capture our hearts? WHY? So Rhys is the High Lord of the Night Court, and I love him. To be honest, I didn’t understand why people liked him. He was an asshole! I was so pissed at him for drugging Feyre and making her give him lap dances and whatnot. Even if he thought he was helping, he still pissed me off.

But then I found myself wondering about Rhys, after all, he’s an interesting character. And then when that scene came when Amarantha was murdering Feyre and Rhys just cried out for her as if he cared, my heart cracked. And Rhysand, that son of a bitch, waltzed into that crack in my heart and dominated my life. Now I am obsessed with him. And it’s all his fault.

Sarah J Maas is driving me mad with Rhys’ mystery. WHY DID HE LOOK SO SHOCKED WHEN HE BEHELD NEWLY-FAE FEYRE’S FACE? The first thing that came into my head is, ‘they’re mates, aren’t they?’ but then again ,Sarah could just be playing games with us. Maybe she wants us to think Rhys and Feyre are mates to confuse us. Maybe Nesta is Rhys’ mate. Maybe that’s what Rhys saw in Feyre’s face. Nesta. They have the same eyes right? Nesta and Feyre? I know it’s a little unlikely but I’m desperate for answers.
Speaking of Nesta though, there is definitely something up with her. She has the power to resist the glamour of a High Lord…. I wouldn’t be surprised if she turns out be something special.

I hope Feyre, Elaine, and Nesta all get fae husbands. That would be so cool. I REALLY SHIP LUCIEN AND ELAIN OKAY. IDK WHY I JUST DO. PLEASE TELL ME I’M NOT ALONE.
Speaking of ships, you may be wondering, who do I ship Feyre with? Well the answer to that is, I DON”T KNOW. On one hand, the fact that Feyre went Under the Mountain for Tam and endured all that torture for him should be a deal sealer. They’re in love and that’s that. But on the other hand, it’s obvious that there is definitely some kind of bond or connection between Feyre and Rhys. If they’re mates thenthat should be a deal sealer too. SO I JUST DON’T KNOW OKAY.

Okay lastly, I need to discuss my expectations, and wants for the next book, A Court of Mist and Fury. IT’S OUT NEXT MONTH GUYS.
1. I need to see Rhys teach Feyre to read. He said that he would.
2. I need to see Nesta walk into Prythian and just be a total QUEEN. She’d slay everyone, I know she would.
3. I need Elain to secretly be good at kicking ass.
4. I wanna a sexy scene with Rhys. Sarah promised 400% more sexy in ACOMAF, and I demand to have one with Rhys
5. There is also something fishy going on with Feyre’s mom. Probably
7.  I wanna explore the rest of the fae lands

Yeah so that’s it for this review: I think? If you think I missed something, tell me.
PS: Who else noticed that after Rhys and Feyre kissed, she started calling him ‘Rhys’ instead of ‘Rhysand’? Because I did.

“Only my prisoners and my enemies call me that – Rhysand, page 234

I’m probably overthinking but yeah. She did call him Rhysand again anyway after awhile…. BUT STILL.
PPS: I really need ACOMAF before the overthinking and the wondering drives me mad.

One Night in Bristol

This Sherlolly fic is for marvelsdemigodsofmerwholock, who is celebrating her 17th birthday today. I hope this is fluffy enough for you. Happy birthday!

Summary: Sherlock falls asleep while working a case in Bristol. He begins talking in his sleep and reveals something to the only other occupant in the room: John Watson.

Characters: Sherlock Holmes, Molly Hooper, John Watson, Mary Morstan, Greg Lestrade, Phillip Anderson

Rating: T, due to a few swear words

Genre: Romance/Humour

A/N: In this fic, Sherlock is in his mind palace, but he falls asleep because he’s been working cases without a break, food, or sleep.

Disclaimer: As per usual, I own nothing. Everything belongs to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, BBC, Steven Moffat, and Mark Gatiss. If I owned Sherlock and Molly Hooper, then there would be a lot more Sherlolly in the show. All mistakes are mine. I welcome reviews and constructive criticism.


John opened his eyes to the dim motel room ceiling. Sighing, he glanced at the digital clock on the nightstand. Three in the bloody morning. He lifted his head from the pillow and stared at the detective, who still wore his white dress shirt, black trousers, and black socks even as he slept on the other bed. He looked around the room and saw Sherlock’s suit jacket draped over the back of the desk chair. Sheets of paper (the case files, most likely), open books, and a map covered every inch of the large mahogany desk’s surface at the corner of the room. A piece of paper lay on top of the floor lamp, the cover of which was tilted to one side. Someone’s stuck, he deduced.

He rose from the bed and removed a small bottle of water from the mini fridge. He poured it into a clean glass and downed the cold water. After putting the bottle back in the fridge, he picked up his mobile from the nightstand and went through his messages. He smiled as he typed his reply to Mary’s most recent text.

Just read your message. Hope the baby is fast asleep and not keeping you up. - JW

He waited a few minutes before replacing the phone on the table. Looks like Hannah finally slept through the night.

He was about to lie down again when he heard a sound coming from the other bed. “Sherlock, are you awake?” The only answer he got was a series of unintelligible words from the detective, who suddenly turned onto his back. “What was that?” he asked as he approached the sleeping man.

“Bmmpyomolly,” Sherlock answered.

“Did you just say ‘Molly’?” he asked as he grabbed his mobile and launched the camera. He set the camera to record video and recalled a recent conversation with his wife. Maybe he’s dreaming about Molly. Maybe he’s finally telling her how he feels about her. If I’m right, then I need to document this, he reasoned. I’ll only show this to Mary and Lestrade anyway. Or Sherlock, if I have to. “Sorry, what was that again?” he prompted as he pressed the shutter button.

He mumbled again, a bit more loudly this time. “Because I love you, Molly,” he whined.

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"Veronica Mars" Star Jason Dohring Takes A Return Trip To Neptune

Veronica Mars star Jason Dohring opens up about the show’s humble beginnings, the twist of fate that won Logan a place in Veronica’s heart, and what fans can expect from the upcoming feature film.

I didn’t wear my Veronica Mars T-shirt to interview Jason Dohring, but the thought did briefly cross my mind. After all, I was one of the few (well, 2.5 million) viewers who obsessively watched the teen sleuth drama from 2004 to 2007, first on UPN and then The CW.

I integrated Veronica’s vernacular into my vocabulary, purchased Marsmemorabilia, asked my parents to buy me a T-Mobile Sidekick (Veronica’s cellular weapon of choice), and when series creator Rob Thomas asked for my money in 2013 to help fund a feature film, I happily donated.

And I was not alone.

By now, the story of how Veronica Mars became 2013’s most talked-about social media event is the stuff of legend. Heck, my father even asked if I donated to “that Pluto movie” (he’s trying, guys) when I was home for Thanksgiving. But for those of you who just emerged from underneath a rock, here’s the quick version:

On March 12, 2013, Rob Thomas launched a Kickstarter campaign to turn his beloved neo-noir series about a teenage private eye into a movie. He gave himself two days to raise $2 million. That goal was met in 10 hours. But the Kickstarter clock kept counting and the donations continued to pour in, eventually topping out at $5,702,153 (a new Kickstarter record). So, the film was funded, the movie was made, the T-shirts were silkscreened, and that brings us to the present day, when I’m sitting cross-legged on the floor of a Los Angeles office with Jason Dohring — who played Logan Echolls, the show’s bad boy with a heart of 24-karat gold — talking about the March 14 release of Veronica Mars’ feature film.

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“This was the dream role,” says Dohring of Logan. Clad in black high-tops, dark denim, and a simple gray T-shirt that barely contains the biceps that were so often throwing haymakers on the show, the 31-year-old still enthuses about his most iconic role like it was day one of filming. “And the fact I got to play him for three years — and now plus the movie — is amazing.”

Since Mars ended in 2007, Dohring played a 400-year-old vampire on CBS’ short-lived drama Moonlight and guest-starred on a smattering of procedurals. And while he never felt typecast as Logan, Dohring recalls, with a laugh, “I’ve walked into so many auditions and the casting director couldn’t look me in the eye because of Logan. But that’s all good.”

Looking back, there was a decent chance that none of this would have happened, particularly Dohring’s casting as Logan, initially the type of character that television viewers love to hate, until they — like Kristen Bell’s Veronica — actually started falling for the darkly rebellious Hollywood heir. Back in 2003, Dohring actually auditioned for the role of Duncan Kane, Veronica’s sweetly guileless all-American ex-boyfriend. (The part ended up going to Teddy Dunn, and the character was written off the show midway through Season 2.)

“I stupidly went in and played their leading man as this dark, brooding, James Dean kind of guy,” Dohring recalls, with a wry laugh. “The [casting agents] were like, ‘Uh, that’s a little dark,’ and suggested I read for the character who was bashing out headlights in the pilot.”

One quick parking-lot prep session later and Mars had locked in its Logan. That’s when the fear set in.

“I always seem to get the roles that scare the shit out of me,” he says, laughing. “But ultimately, when you have to be absolutely free and totally let go, it’s so much more fun. That’s truly the thrill of acting.”

Dohring would soon to come discover another thrill of acting, one that’s unique to working in episodic television: the evolution of a character. Initially, Logan Echolls was tasked with kicking ass and taking names…when he was sober enough to remember them. But his palpable chemistry with Bell was obvious to everyone, particularly the show’s creator, and Thomas decided to place these two adversaries on the road to love.

“Around Episode 6, Rob pulled Kristen and [me] off to the side and said, ‘OK, so, you’re going to end up together,’” says Dohring. “It was like, ‘Are you fucking kidding me?!? No way!’” But he stresses that pairing off Veronica and Logan — or “LOVE” as their fans have adoringly come to call them — was just one more example of the creator’s brilliance manifesting itself in an unexpected storyline. “I always love Rob’s ideas. He has this very quiet way of speaking, but when he talks to you, you can’t help but get excited by what he’s saying.”

Still, turning the bad boy into a leading man posed several problems for Dohring, one of which brought him back to that ill-fated Duncan audition. “I didn’t know how to play ‘the leading man,’” he admits. And after countless hours of developing Logan’s dark side — both on-screen and off, where Dohring says he would retreat to the cul-de-sac by his house to scream and throw rocks in order to “really get what it’s like to be hateful” — he was also worried the audience wouldn’t buy it. “How could anybody like that character? He’s was so bad.”

But then Thomas dropped a bombshell on the viewers. “When they added in the backstory with his dad,” says Dohring, “that’s when I noticed a change in people’s reactions to me.”

“We did this mall tour when the show started and everybody would kinda rush by me to get to the next guy. They were all like, ‘Fuck you, you’re the dirty guy.’” But after revealing the emotional and physical abuse Logan suffered at the hands of his father (Harry Hamlin), Dohring remembers sensing a noticeable shift in the fans. “It became him against the world. He could do all this horrible shit and people would still love him.”

No one more so than Veronica herself.

Their volatile relationship has as many supporters as it does detractors within the fandom; half adoring their star-crossed love story and half feeling like Veronica would never truly consider Logan her soulmate.

Dohring falls firmly into the first camp — although he can’t quite pinpoint exactly why Logan and Veronica’s dynamic worked. “I really don’t know why it worked,” he says, stroking his temple. “The dialogue was some of the best on TV at the time, but as far as I am concerned, it all boiled down to each believing they were better and smarter than the other. We had that back-and-forth that people really responded to.”

For all three seasons, Veronica Mars filmed in San Diego, far from the lights of Hollywood, and, perhaps more significantly, the actors’ friends and families. “We were by ourselves in these tiny apartments just trying to make the best show we could, and…that made us a family.” That cast closeness manifested in a deeply meaningful way when it came to bringing Veronica and Logan’s relationship to life.

“A lot of that emotion was very real for me. I think I was in love with [Kristen] for the three years we made that show,” he says. “Like, I truly felt like I would die without her, and I think that’s what underlined everything people loved about them as a couple.”

Which is why many fans were taken aback by the revelation that the film — which picks up 10 years after the series finale — would revolve around the characters’ first meeting in a decade. “When Rob explained the movie to me, I thought it made sense they would have gone their separate ways,” says Dohring. “When I read [Rob’s] writing, it made sense. He just knows the voice. I kept thinking, Yep, that’s what Logan would say. Yep, that’s what Logan would do. Yep that’s how I would feel about Veronica. Reading [the script] and seeing those names on the page again really got to me.”

Veronica Mars: The Movie reunites the former flames when Logan is accused of murdering his pop star girlfriend and calls Veronica to help clear his name. And while the film is designed to appeal to both diehards and new audience members, Thomas very intentionally included characters, catchphrases, and scenes that would resonate much more deeply with the impassioned fans.

“There were these two scenes in particular where Rob kept saying, ‘This is what the fans paid for, man, this is what the fans paid for.’” True to Logan’s propensity for keeping secrets, Dohring kept these specific scenes firmly under wraps.

The fact so many had donated their hard-earned cash to make the film possible stayed front-and-center in everyone’s minds throughout the production — quite literally at times, considering one of the Kickstarter rewards offered backers the chance to be an extra in the Neptune High class reunion scenes.

“We really tried to make the experience special for them because they came for these 16-hour days, some standing in the back, wearing high heels, but all of them kept saying, ‘This is the best day of my life!’ One guy bought it as an engagement present for his wife. It’s truly unbelievable, man.”

For Dohring, the sacrifices made by these fans reinforces his belief that they truly had, and were once again, making something special. “You always want your creations to mean something; no one wants to just sleepwalk through a role,” he says. “People are deeply connected to this show and it’s all the more touching because that’s exactly what we intended.”

By all accounts, viewers will find the finished product wholly worth the wait. Therecently released trailer was met with universal praise, and Dohring feels they have, as Thomas intended, truly made a movie for the fans.

“I think they’ll be very pleased, but also at the same time, Rob doesn’t tie the story up with a bow. Nothing comes easy in Veronica’s world, so there’s a very melancholy/noir touch at the end that adds these cool layers.”

The question on the minds of all Marshmallows (as Bell lovingly calls the show’s fans) revolves around whether or not the Veronica Mars movie serves as a swan song or the start of a brand-new journey.

“Rob has mentioned [more movies] as a possibility,” Dohring says. “But it all depends on how the film does. The cool thing about Rob is that he writes interesting stuff, so it’s not like, ‘Oh, Logan got this girl pregnant. Oh, Logan’s in rehab.’ Despite everything that happened with this show, it was always so real. So I trust Rob would only tell the stories he wanted to tell.”

Veronica Mars opens in theaters on March 14, 2014.

Jarett Wieselman