Fantasy writer Terry Pratchett - level 3

Fantasy writer Terry Pratchett - level 3

30-08-2011 15:00

Terry Pratchett writes fantasy stories, which is a good reason why many serious book lovers might never read any of his works. His stories are different from typical fantasy literature such as Tolkien’s The Hobbit or Lord of the Rings. Terry Pratchett writes fantasy stories with humour and intelligence. His characters are realistic in funny ways. In many of the books one character who reappears often is DEATH. He looks like the standard black-hooded, skeletal, scythe-carrying figure of many such stories. Yet Terry Pratchett’s DEATH is different. He has problems: he wants to understand the humans he has to kill. He tries to please his granddaughter, and so on. A really memorable comic figure.

Much of the humour in the books comes from the brilliant use of language, so it is very difficult to translate these books. However, Terry Pratchett’s novels have been translated and become popular in many different languages.

Terry Pratchett was born April 28, 1948. His first story appeared in the school magazine when he was 13 and two years later it was published in the magazine Science Fantasy. It made enough money for Terry to buy his first typewriter. After leaving school, Terry worked as a journalist and press officer and wrote his own stuff in his spare time. His first full-length novel was published in 1971. In 1986, Terry gave up his day job and concentrated on his own writing full time. Since then, the number of his successful books has been huge. He wrote 36 novels and many of his books were translated into over 30 different languages.

This video is a trailer for Terry Pratchett’s novel Mort.

Written by Hana

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