I'm all for listening to other peoples views but only when they quantify their argument. You have made a statement that is likely to anger a lot of people but there are those who may agree. Perhaps you would like to tell us why you think Pratchett is not funny? How many of his books have you actually read to be able to make this statement?
I am an avid TP fan - I love most of his books - admittable there are a couple I wouldn't rate as my favourites but I still enjoy them. I think his humour is spot on and I love the way he draws on the real world and other literature.
If you have nothing nice to say, (especially without reason), then say nothing at all.
I too am a huge Pratchett fan. Many of his later books haven't been laugh-out-loud funny as his earlier works were, and at times are quite dark, but his writing skills have increased enormously. He tells a wonderful tale each time. Anyone who can write over thirty books set on the same world without losing momentum or focus is a genius in my book. He can hilarious and profound on the same page, which is quite an achievement! It's perfectly valid to say "I personally don't find TP funny" - I disagree, but humour's a subjective matter. You do need to expand your "argument" a little though!
I agree that TP's writing is excellent - his use of puns and subtle ways of parallel -ing stories is so clever, and although I do listen to audio versions too - I think that when one reads the books extra meanings filter through the fun. - I love him! - and would suggest that if the writer of the original comment isn't impressed then - don't read his works. I think it's a bit pointless to make a blanket statement for no apparent reason.
There will always be people who take against something just because it's popular. I suspect this post is just a jolly jape in order to get people riled. To show there's no hard feelings let me treat you to one of C.M.O.T. Dibbler's delicacies inna-bun.
Terry Pratchet is not funny... Why is this a problem as a statement? He has me laughing out loud, but why should I/we care if some people don't find him funny? Humour, or a lack of it, is not something that has to have either a reason or a rationale. Some people just don't have a sense of humour, others just can't see the point of some guy in a hat blathering on about fantasy. That's fine. It would be odd and rather depressingly dull if we ll liked, or were amused by, the same things in life.
I find Terry Pratchett to be more amusing than funny. Greatly amusing, possibly bordering on genius, but not "funny".
Robert Rankin isn't amusing, but his books makes me laugh out loud, whereas Discworld books make me smile and feel warmth and amusement towards the characters.
So I guess my contribution to this discussion is that Terry's books are very entertaining and draw one into a world so cleverly constructed that sometimes it's only after the second or third read that the joke is got.
Or maybe I'm just a bit thick.
Sorry for posting the same thing twice, but I have an amazingly complex stammer.
Having been raised on Discworld, so to speak, one observation, or distinction I found, is that he has more a cerebral humour than 'funny, ha-ha' if you follow. His works are essentially satires, of political systems and society in general. Wry observation seems to be his strong point.
TP is amazing! I love the vast majority of his books, although aren't my favourites I think anyone who can write books that continue to draw parrallels to this world and make some quite deep statements, as well as still being lol funny, is a genius in my book.
Sorry I don't mean to sound superior - let me explain - there are jokes that people may not get if they haven't an eye on the news, a passing knowledge of history or read widely you may not see the humour
Robert Rankin is not even in the same multiverse as TP. I tried to read one of his books, after being assured that he is "better than Pratchett". Not.
As for whether or not Pratchett is 'funny', well, you need to read ALL of his books, before you decide. Some are less manic than others and some just don't work (Monstrous Regiment springs to mind) but others have you chuckling incessantly. I am re-reading Eric and there isn't a page where you aren't cackling.
I think you should not be allowed to post again until you have learnt how to use apostrophes correctly. Then maybe you could actually contribute to the discussion as opposed to your pointless comment.
I have always thought that the novels were funny and have loved them since I was 11. However, when I met the man himself, he was not funny at all, he was boring and sad and I was disappointed. So I agree with the statement "Terry Pratchett is not funny".
Ok, I'll admit it... For a long time I did not find Pratchett appealing at all. All my friends raved about him and I tried to read a couple of his books and could not get into them. They just left me cold. It didn't help that I started with Monstrous Regiment which I still find really hard to read. Anyway, one day I bought a job lot of books from a car boot sale and realised that there were three Pratchetts in there. Just for something to do, I started reading The Lost Continent. I absolutely adored it. The humour and the observation, and also just the silliness, was brilliant and I was immediately hooked. I got straight on Amazon and ordered all his books. A bit obsessive, I know, but when you fall in love you do crazy things and I fell in love with a whole universe!!! Please, if you don't adore Discworld right now, don't write it off. You just need to find the right book to get started.
I've recently started reading discworld novels from the beginning and I'm on Mort now.... I personally don't laugh nor even chuckle, but it doesn't mean I'm not enjoying it. i don't think it matters too much if you laugh so loud people stare at you (on the train with that certain look of quiet hate) or you stay silent... your reading it aren't ya.
Sounds like the initial poster needs to get a life! Why on earth would you open a forum discussion about an author you don't like among people who are obviously going to be fans if you had anything better to do? And with such an inane post! Back it up or back off!
Your benchmark for a genius falls somewhat short of my own ;-)
Terry pratchets books are generally amusing. Most are enjoyable. And I'm not ashamed to admit to liking Carrot... And Vimes and even Foul ole Ron has a place in my heart, but you're going to have to dig deep...
Will people still be reading them a century from now? I seriously doubt it. It really is throwaway literature. the equivalent of the sun newspaper w.r.t. novels. Go into any second hand bookstore and there will be a whole shelf devoted to Pratchet with boxes of copies round the back.
I think he has it in him to write at least one literary masterpiece, but i think he's having too much fun writing novels which (probably) give english teachers ulcers. Or is it because he's following the path of least resistance?
B.T.W. I'm a fan. Better believe it! Long live king...(oops), corporal..., um captain Carrot! Yay!
I really don't understand why somebody who doesn't like Pratchett (who personally, I think is genius) would post in a forum about his books. The only explanation I can come up with is that you obviously enjoy causing arguements and have nothing better to do. Oh well, it's your sad little life.
I wouldn't necessarily say he is a genius ... what am I saying of course I'd say he's a genius.
I'm obsessed with discworld - books, calendars, diaries (I wish I had the watch diary), I even have a "you bastard" limited edition camel (my pride and joy) ... yep, I'm obsessed - and proud of it.
In saying that I don't think everyone should see him as the be-all-and-end-all in fiction writing. My sister thinks he's really boring, that's her right. Just as it is my right to think the di vinci code was a boring, badly written dog's dinner of a plagarised idea. We have enough respect for each other not to criticise the differences of opinion.
I'm now in the middle of a well used (one careful owner - me) hardback copy of Wintersmith - fantastic)