Why Aren’t You Reading Terry Pratchett?

Just read this post from Alex Raizman about Terry Pratchett.
My thoughts exactly, only he says it so much better than I could.

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Tolkien. Martin. Sanderson. Le Guin. These are some of the names that most commonly come up when people talk about the great fantasy writers. These are the people who’ve created some of the most unique and enduring worlds in fiction – Middle Earth and Westeros are household names, while the Cosmere and Earthsea are worlds fantasy fans know like their own neighborhoods.

Yet I don’t see Sir Terry Pratchett and Discworld come up often enough on those lists, and that makes me sad, because Sir Pratchett is one of the greatest fantasy authors who has ever lived, and Discworld is one of the most creative settings ever. So if you haven’t read Pratchett, or have and want a nostalgia trip about why he’s amazing, read below to find out what makes him one of the best fantasy authors of all time.

The Setting of Discworld is Incredible

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12 thoughts on “Why Aren’t You Reading Terry Pratchett?

  1. I must, in shame, admit I’ve never read any Sir Terry Pratchett work. However, my opinion of him is a high one, and I do see him as an inspirational novelist worthy of being in those top-author lists.xx

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  2. An interesting post, Cathy. I think I’ve loved or liked every Terry Pratchett novel I’ve read, and I’ve assumed he’s there alongside the list of top fantasy writers people turn to.

    But when I think about that, I realise that he’s rarely mentioned when I read any literary analysis of the genre. I wonder if that’s because he was so prolific? It seems to me that a lot of writers who are called popular are still automatically assumed to lack quality.

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    1. The Discworld was more than fantasy – it was real life in a fantastic setting. I don’t read much other fantasy and haven’t read a literary analysis of any genre (as far as I can recall) but, because there was no pomposity in a Pratchett book – only fun – perhaps the literati didn’t feel they should take his work seriously. Apart from the children’s books, that is.

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    1. I’d struggle to choose a favourite. I’m in the process of introducing the ten year-old next door to his children’s titles. My oldest grandson isn’t quite there yet – he’s being read the earlier short stories from the Master’s days as a local journalist.

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