valkyrieza: (Terry Pratchett quote)
There is a new Terry Pratchett book coming out this year, October to be more precise. It's called "The Unseen Academicals" and is about football.

Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork - not the old fashioned, grubby pushing and shoving, but the new, fast football Read more... )

October is not that far away.

valkyrieza: (Terry Pratchett quote)
I probably did not see it in Dec, it was a busy month.

Author Pratchett has Alzheimer's
Author Terry Pratchett is suffering from a rare form of early Alzheimer's disease, it has been revealed.

In a letter published on the website of artist Paul Kidby, the writer said the condition was behind a "phantom stroke" he had earlier this year.

Pratchett said his statement should be interpreted as "I am not dead" and that he had taken the news "philosophically" and "possibly with a mild optimism".

 


Published: 2007/12/13 09:19:42 GMT

© BBC MMVIII
valkyrieza: (Terry Pratchett - Hogfather Death)

Yawn, it seems every time I stay overseas I become a night owl. Going to sleep earlier then 12 seems to cause havoc with my system.
Thanks to the lovely food poisoning I am finally starting to make a dent in my Movies folder. It is quite amazing how many movies there are out there.

I've finally managed to start watching "Hogfather", the first live-action adaptation of Terry Pratchett's. Having been a huge fan of his for the past 10 years I am once again amazed at the level of complexity he weaves into the story. Among the humour and the main premise he weaves the concept of people's ability to 'not' see what is really out there. The mind's power to see exactly what it wants to see and discarding anything it no longer believes in as it grows older. This is quite a recurrent theme in Terry Pratchett works.

This theme of 'seeing what is really there' is what I believe lies at the heart of "Pan's labyrinth".  The heroine, bookish whimsical Ofelia discovers the fairies and the magical dark fantasy world that lies just underneath the real, but no less dark world she is living in. The movie is set in post-Civil-War Spain. General Franco's brutal regime of putting down the Resistance reached into every corner of Spain and noone is unaffected by this. I cannot say more without giving away the movie, but the ability of children to see more then the adults ever give them credit for is quite evident in this cinematic gem. The score to this is quiet amazing, combining the eerie elements of a dark fantasy with the more conventional sounds of battle. I really do recommend seeing it.

Back to the "Hogfather" adaptation, like with all live-action adaptations of a fictional world written on paper first, some characters of course are not the same as I would imagine them to be. For example, Mr Teatime just lacks the menace of his fictional counterpart and the Dean of the Unseen University is not as rotund as in the books. I was quite disappointed by the fact that the Bursar was still sane, but the Archancellor made for it in spades. Other characters made a small appearance, characters that are quite prominent in Pratchett's other books. Although Nobby Nobbs was a bit more human then one would expect.  The main character of the story, Susan Death, played by Michelle Dockery, Death's own granddaughter is absolutely amazing, especially when she does "The Voice". I could really go on and on, but so far, the mini-series has done its job of bringing Discworld to the screen. Now, if only I could get my own "Born to rune" t-shirt...

P.S. I mustn't forget Alfred, the actor was absolutely hillarious. I see that he will also be /rincewind in the upcoming adaptation of "The Colour of Magic".

valkyrieza: (Terry Pratchett quote)
The Hogfather movie is on Sky One this weekend! It looks great so far, the very first live action movie based on a Discworld movie.

WOO HOO!!

Okay, I am a bit excited here, but it is so COOL!!!

About Cats

Jul. 5th, 2006 07:58 pm
valkyrieza: (River_Firefly)
Every procedure for getting a cat to take a pill works fine -- once.
Like the Borg, they learn...

(Terry Pratchett, alt.fan.pratchett)

Sudoku

Jun. 25th, 2006 03:28 pm
valkyrieza: (Nate2)
I do believe that the sudoku craze has reached it's peak here.
Gotta love the up-and-coming trends. They should setup their own order like the guys in the "Lords and Ladies" by Terry Pratchett. (Yes, I could not resist)
"

The Monks of Cool, whose tiny and exclusive monastery is hidden in a really

cool and laid-back valley in the lower Ramtops, have a passing-out test for a

novice. He is taken into a room full of all types of clothing and asked: Yo,

my son, which of these is the most stylish thing to wear? And the correct

answer is: Hey, whatever I select.

(Terry Pratchett, Lords and Ladies)"
valkyrieza: (Jack bored)

Over the centuries, mankind has tried many ways of combating the forces of

evil...prayer, fasting, good works and so on. Up until Doom, no one seemed

to have thought about the double-barrel shotgun. Eat leaden death, demon...

    (Terry Pratchett, alt.fan.pratchett)

valkyrieza: (Fairchild)
Hogfather, a novel by Terry Pratchett is being made into a movie. Thank you so very much to [personal profile] mysehnsucht for bringing the news on her journal entry.

As per the director of the movie "Hogfather", Vadim Jean, here are the casting choices:

"Ridcully is to be played by Joss Ackland.

Teatime is Marc Warren (from 'Hustle'/'State of Play').

Nigel Planer is Mr Sydeney.

There are many others too. Susan is to be played by a newcomer called Michelle Dochery who is amazing.

Vetinari is not in Hogfather but Lord Downey Master of the Assassin's Guild is and will be played by David Warner. "

If you have an IMDB account (it's free), the discussion can be found here.
The other movie being made is "The wee free men".

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