Or to put it another way, anger is the engine that drives him, but it is the greatness of spirit that deploys that anger on the side of the angels, or better yet for all of us…”Reading this made me realize that another crucial aspect of Terry Pratchett’s writing that I’ve always appreciated is that basic sense of humanity. Let’s face it, any particularly intelligent and witty writer can tend to become a bit of a self-righteous ass, sitting in superiority over the rest of mankind. Byatt says in her forward to his short fiction collection A Blink of the Screen, “[Pratchett] gets more and more attached to his characters, who become more and more complicated—consider the way in which Captain Vimes grows from being a drunk in charge of a dysfunctional Night Watch to a commander who can arrest two armies for a breach of peace.
But in Pratchett’s stories there are always those “serious” moments that can unexpectedly and surprisingly touch you as much as the cleverness humors you. He finds it hard to go on disliking characters.”Now that Terry has gone from us, I’m somewhat comforted by the fact that I still have many Discworld books to read and enjoy, but I’ll miss the potential stories and characters that will never see the light of day.
He is the author of several books of poetry, and has released several albums of original music.
He is also an amateur photographer, part-time stick-swordfighter, and chai enthusiast.
Back in 1983, Terry was working full-time and writing in his spare time.
When he created the Discworld, Pratchett simply couldn’t have foreseen how things would evolve.
It is that sense of fairness that underlies Terry’s work and his writing…” Put in this light, it makes sense.
Much of the time, Pratchett’s humor is pointed at skewering hypocrisy and stupidity, and demonstrating the cleverness of unlikely and marginalized characters.
Ultimately, I’m grateful for Terry Pratchett, the not-so-jolly elf who was immensely clever, sometimes scathing, but overall a lover of us humans beings in all our bumbling and silly messiness.
Chris teaches writing and literature to college and high school students.