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On Opinions [Sep. 15th, 2015|01:17 pm]
Tony Grist
Jonathan Jones got into trouble the other day for saying Terry Pratchett was rubbish while admitting he'd never done more than flick through one of his books in the library. And serve him right; Jonathan Jones is arrogant and opinionated- and loud. Besides, if one's going to sound off about something one should examine it thoroughly first. It's a rule I try to live by. For example, I'm pretty certain that 50 Shades of Grey is cack but I'm not going to say so because it would be a secondhand opoinion and there are enough of those floating round the world already.  On the other hand I'm happy to affirm that the Daily Mail is fascistic and hypocritical because I read it. Also- because I read it- I know it's not fascistic all the time.

There is however a part of me that sympathises with Jones because I'm not crazy about Pratchett either. (And, yes, I have read him)  I can see why people like him, but I have this quirk that I can't be doing with "funny" books. I'm happy with books that are incidentally funny (because life is incidentally funny)  but ones that set out to be a comedic experience weary me after about ten pages. And, yes, you're  right, I'm not fond of Douglas Adams either.

Or Wodehouse.

I nearly bought a Pratchett today. There were a couple on sale in one of the charity shops we drifted through and a little voice whispered, "But he's great, he's a national treasure, everyone loves him- you  should try him again." And then another voice chipped in and said, "To thine own self be true"- and I heeded it and kept the £2.50 in my pocket.
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2015-09-15 12:50 pm (UTC)
I love Wodehouse, because he's an echo of the more innocent side of the early 20th century (I don't think he had a clue about the Nazis).

I was recently gifted with an almost complete set of the Discworld novels and am enjoying them for light escapist reading. I don't think they're especially profound, but ratty-looking chain-smoking, backbiting wizards make me laugh. So do the send-ups of various tropes (like the Hero trope).

Speaking of send-ups: there's a Twitter account named "50 Nerds of Gray." A sample of the postings:

'I'm your slave tonight,' she said breathlessly, 'I'll do whatever you want.' 'OK' he said, 'You can sort my Lego while I watch Doctor Who.'
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2015-09-15 12:58 pm (UTC)
bwahhaha! I refuse to read 50 Shades. I find Prachett takeable or leavable. BUT, my wise old mother once told me opinions are like a**holes - everyone has one and most of them smell.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-09-15 01:10 pm (UTC)
A friend who is a Wodehouse nut bought me a Jeeves and Wooster Omnibus; I read one of the books and- then gave the tome away.

Just not my taste.

I love the Lego tweet.
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[User Picture]From: moodywho
2015-09-15 04:56 pm (UTC)
I love Pratchett, but mostly for A Hat Full of Sky, which is for younger readers and is much less "funny" and much more heart-twisting than his earlier works.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-09-16 09:22 am (UTC)
He's good- just not my thing...
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2015-09-17 10:47 am (UTC)
I think the Tiffany Aching series could be my favourite of all Pratchett's work. I'm actually reading the final one now, which lacks the power of the earlier ones, but it's OK and makes a nice farewell to many familiar characters.
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2015-09-15 09:46 pm (UTC)
To tell you the truth i only read one Pratchett book and was not that impressed. Sacrilege i know.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-09-16 09:24 am (UTC)
You and me and Jonathan Jones, we ought to form a Pratchett Non-appreciation Society.
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[User Picture]From: mrwaggish
2015-09-16 02:57 am (UTC)
Most of his books are too jokey for my tastes, but Night Watch is less jokey, more substantial, more deeply political, and pretty well plotted. Worth a read if you haven't happened to read it.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-09-16 09:25 am (UTC)
If it comes my way I might pick it up.
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