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This is a post about loss, on one had we have the very sad news that Terry Pratchett has died after a very public fight with a form of dementia :
But epic scale does not entail epic solemnity, promises Pratchett. The dungeon master himself has appeared from a side door, clad in his trademark black Fedora. This is several months before he had Alzheimer’s disease diagnosed and his subsequent £500,000 donation to find a cure. He is in buoyant mood. “Hogfather was more serious; The Colour of Magic is about humour,” he says in his wry lisp. “It’s a buddy movie except that one of the buddies [Rincewind] doesn’t want to be a buddy. It’s a road movie although roads are probably the last thing they manage to travel on most of the time.”
After the success of Hogfather – which he thought was “magnificent”, although there was “not enough money” – it wasn’t hard for Pratchett to sign over the rights for two more of his books. “I tried to conceal the fact that I really wanted them to do it but really would like to be paid a lot of money,” he admits. “The nice thing is that The Colour of Magic really had no plot. It was a series of episodes and we could, like a smorgasbord, pick what we wanted. So it wasn’t quite the slaughter job that I thought it would have to be.”
]Pratchett, who has a cameo in the film’s opening scene, is delighted with the casting of Jason, despite many fans expecting a younger, slimmer actor. “It was mainly the book cover illustrations that did that,” he insists. “I’m very good at not describing characters. David Jason has got three amazingly good attributes. Firstly, he is an excellent actor. Secondly, he’s Sir David Jason, and that name counts for something. And thirdly he’s a Discworld fan and about 15 years ago he declared that he wanted to play Rincewind. I thought, ‘Wonderful!’”
I’ve read “The colour of Magic” and I have it as a talking book read by Nigel Planer, really you can not go past any of Pratchett’s Discworld novels for a bit Of light heated fantasy/satire. Like the very best of the genre his books have some real truths skilfully concealed by some wonderfully absurd humour. I suppose we antipodean fans are just going to have to wait for this film to come out on DVD, because I can’t see this being broadcast on Aussie TV any time soon.
A little sad Comrades
I have been a fan of Pratchett’s disc world books for a very long time and it is very sad indeed that he has this rather horrible condition. It is however no surprise that he is taking this news in a typically wry manner.
Fantasy author Terry Pratchett diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at 59
Best-selling fantasy author Terry Pratchett has announced he is suffering from a rare form of early Alzheimer’s.The 59-year-old writer was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease after he was originally told by doctors he had suffered a “mini-stroke” at some point in the last few years.
Pratchett, who has sold 55million books worldwide, has published a statement on his Discworld illustrator Paul Kidby’s official website, disclosing his condition, because he believed it would be “unfair” to hide it from his publishers and fans.
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‘An embuggerance’: Pratchett originally thought he had suffered from ‘mini-strokes’
The author’s announcement comes over a month after he told the Mail about his health battles and his shock discovery that he had suffered “strokes” over the years.
Pratchett originally sought medical advice in August after struggling with his hand-eye co-ordination and dexterity.
He said: “I was having a bad day and my typing was going askew. It was as if I was typing wearing gloves.”
An MRI scan showed dead tissue around the brain. Pratchett explained: “There were grey spots where brain cells had turned up their toes and died.”
However, in the article, it was suggested basic GP tests for Alzheimer’s came back negative.
Labelling his recent diagnoses as “an embuggerance”, Pratchett said: “I have been diagnosed with a very rare form of early onset Alzheimer’s, which lay behind this year’s phantom ‘stroke’.
I can only hope that Terry has a chance to write at least a couple more books…