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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.


There are over 40 books in the Discworld series, some of which have been adapted into Movies, TV shows, radioplays, and more.

Among the fandom, the books are usually grouped together into unofficial "sub-series" such as those following Rincewind and Twoflower, or dealing with the effects of Industrial Revolution. While some novels are stand-alone, most will reference the events of prior books, and characters making cameos across the sub-series are common.

Fans have a variety of opinions about whether the books should be read in order of publication, or by following each sub-series along a linear progression. Charts detailing these suggestions for new readers are widely shared online.



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.

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

May 25th

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]

Today is the 25th of May. An important day for all Terry Pratchett’s enthusiasts. An important day in the life of Samuel Vimes, a man from whom you might learn a couple of interesting things.

nightingaleym, 2022 [2]

love discworld fandom we’re all just chilling quietly until the Glorious 25th Of May when everyone goes nuts reblogging pictures of lilacs and eggs and the same few words and then back to business as usual

cubistemoji, 2022 [3]

Fanwork Examples







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
  2. ^ Original tumblr post by nightingaleym, Archived version. With fanart and discussion. Posted 25 May 2022
  3. ^ Original tumblr post by cubistemoji, Archived version, which additions by others. Posted 25 May 2022