Talk:Terry Pratchett

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I've just been given his latest in hardback so - off to bed for a read. Gone for a couple of hours Susantalk to me 18:44, 26 September 2007 (EDT) 'night

I feel Amazon calling.--BobNot Jim 06:45, 20 October 2009 (UTC)

Use of the Shotgun[edit]

I need to do some investigating, but I think he's right.

"Over the centuries, mankind has tried many ways of combating the forces of evil...prayer, fasting, good works and so on. Up until Doom, no one seemed to have thought about the double-barrel shotgun. Eat leaden death, demon..."

Wonder why we haven't thought of it beforehand. -- CodyH (talk) 22:06, 14 December 2009 (UTC)

Cos we're too busy useing them on ourselves Scherben (talk) 00:17, 8 February 2013 (UTC)

How is this Fun?[edit]

Ah. Um. well. Funspace isn't just about things that are fun, it's also for stuff that's off-mission but somebody likes it. I used to try getting referencespace and/or atticspace set up, but nobody really gave a stuff, so we're left with either funspace or essays. Meanwhile we have debatespace and forumspace for some reason. Also I seem to have gone off on one again. Shut up Sophie. SophieWilder 16:49, 5 June 2013 (UTC)

Oh, didn't know that (either).--Кřěĵ (ṫåɬк) 16:52, 5 June 2013 (UTC)
Also, Funspace is where a lot of articles about singers went years ago, so it seemed the right thing to do. SophieWilder 16:54, 5 June 2013 (UTC)
Yeah, this isn't written as a funspace article but it's kind of off-mission. It's like we need a 'periphery' space as the Science of Discworld page is certainly a keeper. The main problem is that this focuses a bit much on his books and the mission-material (assisted suicide, alzheimer's) is pretty small. I think it just needs the chaff removing and / or merging with Science of Discworld. Polite Timesplitter Let's move on to some other area of sodomy! 09:34, 6 June 2013 (UTC)
It's not only ToD. Pratchett deserves mentions in mainspace also for Small Gods (exploration of religion and religious authoritarianism) and Good Omens (again, some interesting twist on religions, End Times, End Time prophecies, and prophecies and New Age woo in general). As usual for RW, both are not mentioned in the current text of the article. :( Not to mention that he's a quite popular/influential author and his works have a massive humanistic bent. The same applies to Douglas Adams.--ZooGuard (talk) 11:12, 6 June 2013 (UTC)
Right on! I was disappointed also to not see any mention of Small Gods (or Rincewind, seriously ... even his luggage is mentioned!).
(If not on this article, at least somewhere else on RationalWiki I would like to see a more in-depth view on exploration of religious themes and philosophy in Discworld novels. Someday far in the future I'll have done sufficient research on these novels to write up an essay about it in essay space I suppose.)
I also want to mention that the spelling and capitalization of orang utan in the article is not consistent. I'm not really sure why that is. Maybe the mentioned campaign likes to spell and capitalize it a specific way? Nullahnung (talk) 10:07, 16 August 2013 (UTC)
An essay on religious themes in Pratchett sounds like an excellent idea. SophieWilderModerator 10:18, 16 August 2013 (UTC)
I would have thought the fact that he's pro assisted- suicide would make him on mission? And if you haven't watched this documentary yet, you should. PsyGremlinSnakk! 10:45, 16 August 2013 (UTC)

Some vaguely worded connection to Harry Potter[edit]

"It is not impossible to say that the Discworld series was one of the influences absorbed by the author of the popular Harry Potter series, and may well be one of the most influential fictional series of all time."

Not impossible? Well, that is compelling! Why, if it's not impossible that Pratchett influenced Rowling, his estate should sue for infringement! Phiwum (talk) 12:47, 16 August 2013 (UTC)

Yeah, the current text of the article is a bit embarrassing...--ZooGuard (talk) 14:39, 16 August 2013 (UTC)