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Offline Daphne Reading Wanted by Tim Arnot
13 Mar 2015, 10:17 AM | Post: #21

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RE: RIP Sir Terry Pratchett

(13 Mar 2015 10:05 AM)Mads Sorensen Wrote: Wrote:  The funny thing is, he was shunned by the literati for a long time. I remember years ago when he first came to the wider public's attention, only because he by then had become the best-selling British writer. He said in an interview at the time that his first five books to reach number one in the charts hadn't been reviewed anywhere. Talk about snobbery.
I think some of the ambivalence might have been because the literary establishment couldn't quite place Terry Pratchett - his books really are quite unique and practically defy category. I just spoke to someone who had not read Terry Pratchett. They said the fact he wrote fantasy, which included things like dragons and wizards, put them off. And I tried to explain that Terry Pratchett's humour, humanity and wisdom and sheer entertaining story-telling meant that the fantasy element just slipped into place, even for readers who do not normally like that kind of thing.
But the fact that Terry Pratchett's books have always been so popular with readers shows that they were the best judges. I think his books will stand the test of time and he will be recognised as the literary genius he surely was.
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(13 Mar 2015 10:17 AM)Daphne Wrote:  
(13 Mar 2015 10:05 AM)Mads Sorensen Wrote: Wrote:  The funny thing is, he was shunned by the literati for a long time. I remember years ago when he first came to the wider public's attention, only because he by then had become the best-selling British writer. He said in an interview at the time that his first five books to reach number one in the charts hadn't been reviewed anywhere. Talk about snobbery.
I think some of the ambivalence might have been because the literary establishment couldn't quite place Terry Pratchett - his books really are quite unique and practically defy category. I just spoke to someone who had not read Terry Pratchett. They said the fact he wrote fantasy, which included things like dragons and wizards, put them off. And I tried to explain that Terry Pratchett's humour, humanity and wisdom and sheer entertaining story-telling meant that the fantasy element just slipped into place, even for readers who do not normally like that kind of thing.
But the fact that Terry Pratchett's books have always been so popular with readers shows that they were the best judges. I think his books will stand the test of time and he will be recognised as the literary genius he surely was.

I hope you're right, Daphne. Maybe if his books had been classified as satire rather than fantasy, they would have been recognised as 'real' literature sooner - on the other hand, what does that matter?. As you say, the readers understood his worth anyway.
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13 Mar 2015, 12:37 PM | Post: #23

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RE: RIP Sir Terry Pratchett

(13 Mar 2015 10:17 AM)Daphne Wrote: Wrote:  
(13 Mar 2015 10:05 AM)Mads Sorensen Wrote: Wrote:  The funny thing is, he was shunned by the literati for a long time. I remember years ago when he first came to the wider public's attention, only because he by then had become the best-selling British writer. He said in an interview at the time that his first five books to reach number one in the charts hadn't been reviewed anywhere. Talk about snobbery.
I think some of the ambivalence might have been because the literary establishment couldn't quite place Terry Pratchett - his books really are quite unique and practically defy category. I just spoke to someone who had not read Terry Pratchett. They said the fact he wrote fantasy, which included things like dragons and wizards, put them off. And I tried to explain that Terry Pratchett's humour, humanity and wisdom and sheer entertaining story-telling meant that the fantasy element just slipped into place, even for readers who do not normally like that kind of thing.
But the fact that Terry Pratchett's books have always been so popular with readers shows that they were the best judges. I think his books will stand the test of time and he will be recognised as the literary genius he surely was.
I guess that's exactly what put me off him.
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RE: RIP Sir Terry Pratchett

Over my desk there is what looks like an unravelled wire coat hanger wrapped around a small piece of wood kindling. partly that's because that's exactly what it is. But many years ago now, it was a dragon detector from our stage production of Guards! Guards!

The way it works is quite ingenious: In the presence of a fire-breathing dragon, the piece of wood on the end goes black.

So far it hasn't detected any dragons.
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RE: RIP Sir Terry Pratchett

(13 Mar 2015 12:37 PM)Tim_A Wrote: Wrote:  Over my desk there is what looks like an unravelled wire coat hanger wrapped around a small piece of wood kindling. partly that's because that's exactly what it is. But many years ago now, it was a dragon detector from our stage production of Guards! Guards!

The way it works is quite ingenious: In the presence of a fire-breathing dragon, the piece of wood on the end goes black.

So far it hasn't detected any dragons.
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The passing of Terry Pratchett is sad, but as someone with a parent who has had Alzheimer's for over 11 years, I can't help feeling happy for him. He had planned to take his own life when it reached a point where it became too much. It didn't come to that. I think he'd see it as a happy ending. Sad
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RE: RIP Sir Terry Pratchett

One of my favourite authors. The man had such a skill with words and his worlds were magical. I cannot imagine thinking up such a vast universe as he did. The man was a genius. Maybe that word is thrown around too much but in Terry Pratchett's case, I firmly believe that he was.

His humour struck a chord with me so much. His books, even the ones I didn't enjoy as much, were still packed with superb one liners and characters.

I did an interview the other day where I stated his humour is what I try to put into my work. I may never scale the heights of his success but when I write I always think if I can even get 1/2% of a gag or wordplay that he would have used into my work then I will be using something that he has partly inspired me to do.

A loss to the world. He wrote so many books and you still feel there were not enough. He could have written 100 more and you'd still feel that he would still have had another hundred stories that would be unique and brilliant as the others.
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My editor and friend was a great fan of Terry Pratchett and when he was in Durban he did a book signing and she asked me to take along a few of her collection and get them signed. There was quite a long queue.. A few people had taken numerous old copies to be signed,  some of which were old library copies from library sales. When he looked a bit quizzical I explained about the library sale. As a new writer way back then, I asked him excitedly if he knew his latest book was now in the top (can't remember what) and he said "Oh, I thought it had got a bit higher than that.' Rolleyes
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"Wisdom comes from experience. Experience is often a result of lack of wisdom."

Another good one from the "fabulous quotes".
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