it occurred to me, just now, right here, that the reason Granny and
Vimes feel like such different characters even though they’re not, not
really- both are old and angry (so, so, so angry) and understand
that everyone’s “just” people and really, really would rather not be
Good thank you very much, but they will do the job in front of them,
because no-one else will- is that their books approach the idea of
Responsibility from different angles:
Granny’s books* say ‘I am
responsible. No-one else. I made this choice. I picked this job and now I
am going to do it’ and then proceed to do just that. In every finale
Granny stands, and wins, by herself.
On the other hand, Vimes
tries this. He does, really. But whenever he tries to pick up the weight
of the world someone runs up to help him. In every book when Vimes
faces the villain, he prepares and goes in alone, but someone always
follows him (Carrot in MaA, the Patrician in Jingo, Angua
in Thud!, etc.). And that pretty much takes the above ‘I am
responsible’ and answers: ‘Yes, you are. But so are we’.
don’t know where exactly I was going with this but i guess it’s
somewhere along the lines of how the Witches books deal with personal,
individual responsibility, while the Watch books deal with
person-as-a-member-of-society and societal in general responsibility.
(Also, like, proof that Granny is the single badest badass motherfucker in the series. No-one else reaches her feet)
*And later Tiffany’s. Because say what you will Tiffany is Granny, just with the edges slightly smoothed.