Which Terry Pratchett character do you most identify with?
It’s a hard one for me.
Obviously there’s Sir Samuel Vimes. I can relate to Vimes. I’ve always been of the opinion that the only thing that separates the mind of a criminal from the mind of a copper is a badge, and that’s Vimes belief too. I can also really connect to the whole suspicious bastard philosophy, and the idea that there has to be cops for the big crimes too.
But I’m not really Sam Vimes. I respect the character, but I don’t relate to him.
Then there’s (obviously) Death. I can relate to his professionalism, and the general philosophy of equal and honest treatment of all mankind. In the end, anyway. But seriously, he’s an immortal universal being, and besides, if she were real, I’d be a little hot for his grand-daughter Susan Sto Helit.
Crowley. Surely you know who Crowley is. If not, go get Good Omens right now, and read the most perfect morality story ever. If Books can start religions (and they can), this one would be a perfect place to start. Despite his humanisms, Crowley’s a heavenly being, which makes it a little harder to relate.
Then there’s the Thief of Time. Yeah, I dig him, and all of the Monks of Time, really, but no, I don’t actually relate to them, except where the garden is concerned. Bastards and their beer bottles.
The Patrician, Havelock Vetinari? No. Fear and respect are cool, but not my thing.
Moist von Ludwig. Indeed. Moist. I truly believe that Moist is the character I can most relate to. He is, for sure, the one I most respect, and he is also the one I can truly consider a role model. A career criminal offered a choice, he makes an amazing decision and does some amazing things after that. If you haven’t read Going Postal, go out and buy it RIGHT NOW. It’s just about the best Discworld novel. Ever.
Kinda funny to think I relate to a dude named Moist though…