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The Color Of Magic Part 2: The Light Fantastic



A teaser trailer, released in late February 2008,[23][24] featured principal cast members, including Rincewind, Twoflower, Trymon and the Arch-Astronomer of Krull, attempting to describe octarine, the 'colour of magic'.[25] The teaser concludes with the film's tagline: "a pigment of your imagination".[26] Two more trailers were released in March 2008, containing a more complete synopsis, with narration by Brian Cox.[27][28] The trailers formed part of a multimillion-dollar advertising campaign in partnership with Amazon.com and Borders Books.[29] In addition to conventional adverts in national newspapers and banner ads on sites including MSN.com and Yahoo!.com, Sky launched a viral marketing campaign,[30] and established a bluetooth hotspot at Victoria station, London, where fans could download video clips and ringtones to mobile phones.[29]




The Color of Magic Part 2: The Light Fantastic



Title - The Colour of Magic resonates with the expression 'the colour of money" and in fact Twoflower's money plays a large role in the novel. However, the colour of magic itself is Octarine, or the King Colour. It is the eighth colour of the Discworld spectrum; visible only to wizards and cats. It is generally described as a fluorescent greenish yellow-purple which combines all the primary colours of the spectrum. The magic system is an obvious parody of Jack Vance's magic system from The Dying Earth. (This system may be best known for also being the original magic system used in Dungeons & Dragons.) Spells have to be memorized from books, and a wizard can only fit a certain number of them in his head. Rincewind's inability to do magic stems, in part, from the fact that he accidentally got one extremely powerful spell into his head, leaving no room for any others.


THE COLOUR OF MAGIC is the second of Sky's two-part miniseries adaptations of Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, following on from THE HOGFATHER. This one goes right back to the beginning and features David Jason playing Rincewind the Wizard and Sean Astin as Twoflower the tourist. It's an all-star ensemble piece, packed to the rafters with magical effects with the aid of a copious CGI budget, but the truth is that there's something missing here.And it's the lack of magic which comes as a real surprise. There's a sense of everybody going through the motions rather than anyone really shining, and the script is perfunctory at best. The humorous one-liners come regularly but somehow they're blunter than they were on the page, and at times I felt like I was watching an amateur dramatics adaptation. Jason and Astin are okay as the leads, but upstaged by supporting players like Tim Curry and David Bradley. Despite the wealth of material I also felt that the three-hour running time was just too long leaving this to drag more than a little.


The light fantastic is perhaps best evidenced by the dull, sullen light which fills the room where the OCTAVO is kept. Not strictly light at all but the opposite of light. Darkness is not the opposite of light, it is simply its absence. The light fantastic is the light that lies on the far side of darkness.


EDIT: It is only fair to add that I am incorrect in my recollection of what the 'light fantastic' actually was in the book, which serves me right for not having read it for several years. As Valorum correctly identifies in their accepted answer,


Word order in English isn't actually as strict as people make it out to be, particularly when one is referencing a phrase from older sources-- it used to be somewhat more flexible in that regard. You will see this (noun) (adjective) construction most commonly in older works and references to them (e.g. Pratchett here is referencing Milton who wrote in 1645), but also occasionally in poetry where it may be used to preserve meter or rhyme. In both cases it emphasizes the adjective more than the noun-- what's most important is not that this is merely a murder but rather the foulness of it, what's important is not mere light but fantasy, etc-- and it is typically only used where the correct attribution is clear through context/lack of other nouns.


"There was no real need for the torches. The Octavo filled the room with a dull, sullen light, which wasn't strictly light at all but the opposite of light; darkness isn't the opposite of light, it is simply its absence, and what was radiating from the book was the light that lies on the far side of darkness, the light fantastic."The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett


Played this with some friends, a little apprehensive about how it'd go as they're quite shy/quiet when it comes to TTRPGs and don't contribute creatively as much as others. It worked amazingly well for that purpose - the structure gives everyone an equal spotlight and is great for getting creative out of their shell. The terminology is admittedly a bit confusing - we played 4-5 rounds and I still don't know what makes a good 'True Name' - but otherwise completely fantastic.


This game was a delight. My group played in a google sheet and had a lot of fun building mood boards for various parts of the city. The rules are great for creating opportunities for colorful and creative collaboration whilst keeping tight enough focus that nobody felt lost and we finished with a very complete feeling city.


This game is like a finely and tightly wound clock. Each piece is a delight, and the overall structure snaps together so cleanly. When I think about the future of ttrpgs, I'd like to see games as welcoming as this one in terms of balancing instruction and complexity. The text is spaced out so that you can learn as you play, taking in one new part of it at a time.


This is part 2 of our master bathroom reno- we did this bathroom in 2 stages and still have a little bit to finish up (including a shower door, potential runner rug, a small bit of art and fancy light above the toilet we will be adding in the spring.) My husband and I are experienced DIYers and gutted this bathroom down to the studs and built it back up- going from 1 sink to 2, a bathtub to a shower, removing an old small closet to gain space, changing out 2 swinging doors that took up much needed space in the bathroom to a sliding barn door and a pocket door. The shower has some serious and sound waterproofing behind those tiles. We saved a ton of money doing it ourselves (this was by no means an easy DIY job) and by using IKEA kitchen cabinets. The wood counter is from IKEA $210 (sealed extremely well with poly, this is not a countertop for a bathroom with children as it can be scratched or scorched. I use a cork pad for my curling iron. Its been holding up well over the past 8 months however, and looks as good as when we installed it. Zero water mark issues.) The flooring is not tile, but is Tarkett Fiberfloor, which is inexpensive, soft, warm and easy to clean. We used textured faux grasscloth wallpaper from Lowes on the backsplash and towel hook wall. The extra long neck faucets are from Amazon at a cost of about $70 each (and I adore them.) The hammered copper with a nickel finish sinks are from Home Depot (purchased online during a black friday sale.) We used about 750 subway tiles (American Olean Starting Line in White Gloss from Lowes which have self spacers) for the shower. The shower niche was on sale from Wayfair. This bathroom always had a humidity problem after showering (and we live in a dry climate)...the Panasonic bath fan we put in was like magic. Highly recommend the brand. Very quiet and powerful. 041b061a72


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