Why Terry Pratchett's Discworld Series is an Absolute Must-Have in Your Library!
Terry Pratchett is a British author of comical fantasy novels whose writing I discovered a few years ago. Born in 1948, he started writing his Discworld novels in 1983. He was the UK’s best-selling author in the 1990s and is currently the second most-read author in the UK. He was no less than the seventh most-read non-US author in the United States. With over 85 million books sold worldwide, his work has been translated into 37 languages. Kudos Sir!
The Discworld Series
Pratchett has written a ton of books but his most famous works are those from his Discworld Series, which include 40 comical fantasy novels. A number of books from this series were turned into movies or TV shows. The best and most famous TV adaptation from the Discworld Series is ‘Going Postal’, a production which respects the whole story and manages to be as good as the book, which is pretty rare!
You can find the trailer on below:
This great man simply invented a whole brand-new imaginary universe, inspired by our real world, but way more wonderful and fantastic. Plus, Pratchett has a great sense of humor, creating in his novels a satirical parody of our modern lives.
Pratchett’s Discworld is described as a large disc resting on the back of four giant elephants, supported by the giant turtle, Great A’Tuin (funnier than a round Earth, isn’t it?). It’s a world populated by all sorts of fantasy creatures: magicians, The Death, a postman, golems, werewolves… and even an orangutan!
Terry Pratchett started writing his novels to parody our stereotypes, and also to show readers his way of seeing and thinking about the world. In doing that, he manages to make us dream with day-to-day stuff, even things which you might usually find boring.
It’s been a while since I’ve had the opportunity to read a grown-up fantasy book through the eyes of a child!
Even if the series depicts an entire universe, you don’t necessarily have to read the books in order. I personally started with No. 4 in the series, Mortimer, and this is for now still my favorite! It tells the story of a young boy named Mortimer, who’s searching for an apprenticeship and is finally hired by—wait for it--The Death himself (yes, it’s specified in the story, that The Death is a HE, because it’s necessary)! After this a lot of things happen, and Mortimer and The Death end up learning a lot from each other. So, if you want to enter Pratchett’s world for the first time, I can recommend Mortimer without hesitation! But again, you can start with any of his books.
Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Series books are easy to find in stores or online.
I hope that this article will encourage you to discover the wonderfully hilarious fantasy world of Terry Pratchett!