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Name: Discworld
Creator: Terry Pratchett
Date(s): 1983-2015
Medium: Books, Tie-ins
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
External Links: Wikipedia
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The Discworld is the setting of a series of fantasy novels written by Terry Pratchett. The Discworld novels are noteworthy in that they parody many conventional fantasy elements, while retaining an affectionate stance toward the genre as a whole.

Fannish engagement in fanfiction tends to be either with the Watch (a.k.a. the City Watch), the local police force in Ankh-Morpork, or the Witches, an informal and acephalous (Granny Weatherwax would never permit anyone to be the leader of the witches) sisterhood, although of course other characters also get fannish attention. Crossovers in which characters from other fandoms meet Death are also fairly popular. The Nac Mac Feegles, small blue-skinned Pictsie warriors who are able to travel between dimensions, are also popular for their crossover potential, as is 'L-space', a process by which libraries in different dimensions link together and can be navigated by the wise and/or desperate.

The fandom is long-standing, retains close ties with Science Fiction Fandom (as opposed to media fandom), and is a notable filk focus.

In-universe, survivors of the People's Revolution that ended the reign of a (particularly) corrupt patrician of Ankh-Morpork mark the day (the 25 of May) by wearing a sprig of lilac. In the Round world (following Terry Pratchett's diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease), Match It For Pratchett has called on fans to wear lilacs on 25 May in support of Terry.[1]

A common trope for fanfic based on Discworld and other Pratchett works is the use of footnotes in emulation of Pratchett's style.

Fanwork Examples




  • Discworld MUD, an online multiplayer text-based game, founded in 1991 and still running today.



Fanfiction Archives & Mailing Lists


  • Disc Fest: a prompt-based fest for fanfiction & fanart that ran in 2011 & 2012

Links & Resources


  1. ^ Wear the Lilac Day