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It’s always good to know that the famous people whose works you admire (and who you’ll most probably never meet in person) are somewhere out there doing something. When you suddenly have to get used to talking about them in past tense, though, it makes you very sad.
When I read the lines written by my favourite author Terry Pratchett (28 April 1948 – 12 March 2015) now, it feels very different because he’s not out there anymore. I needed several days to truly understand and “digest” this, because his books have accompanied me through life for almost 15 years. I recently thought a lot about how much his works influenced me, though, and why I think of them as genius.
When we visited an old friend of my Dad on his farm back then, he told us how crazy he was about Pratchetts “Disworld” books. I immediately read the beginning of the Hollywood satire “Moving Pictures” and couldn’t stop giggling. Afterwards, during the next few years, be brought a new Pratchett novel home from every trip to the city centre.
Over the years, Pratchett’s style of writing became more and more realistic. From a fantasy world that seems very bizarre at first glance, it developed into clever satire that can be described as a colourful mirror to reality. Within the Discworld universe, he created gripping crime and adventure stories as well as fairytales and fables viewed from new angles. He used all known fantasy elements, but turned them upside down, enriched them with numerous moving topics from the real world and cheerfully mixed them with a huge amount of cheekiness and wisdom. The feeling that’s created while reading a Discworld novel and their characters are unique and unforgettable. No wonder Pratchett was the English author with the highest number of sales in the 90s…
Pratchett showed his highest narrative potential in stories about characters such as Sam Vimes, commander of the City Watch, or the young witch Tiffany, who are hardly spared any strains of life, but still keep a sensitive feeling for their social environment. In fact, his books have influenced my views about moral, ethics and justice (and humour, of course) a lot and, in a way, protected me from harmful influences of bad entertainment.
I’ve hardly shown my enthusiasm for Discworld in a creative way so far, but I wouldn’t be able to do it better than Paul Kidby, anyway. His impressive illustrations don’t always match with how I imagine the characters personally, but still influenced the images in my mind a lot.
Pratchett himself was convinced that you should leave a lot to the reader’s imagination, anyway. I actually found the movies that were made after some of his books so far rather hard to bear. No movie would ever be able to create the unique atmosphere of the novels. You’d need a whole TV series for each book at least, but it would be rather hard to choose one of all his genius stories for such a project, anyway…
I could write so much more here, but in the end and belatedly, I will express my gratefulness towards this great author, also because he didn’t spare his readers anything, but mercilessly tied them to the pages, made them laugh out loud and drove tears to their eyes in the next moment, followed by a happy sigh at the end of each book.
Disworld often appeared more realistic to me than many stories located in the Here and Now, because all that counts is the humanity behind the characters and events. When it feels right, it doesn’t matter how unrealistic the setting is.
Thank you, Terry Pratchett! Thanks for everything!
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Hi! I'm Rieke, a traditional artist from Germany who grew up drawing comics and cartoons, animals and nature and simply loves to draw and paint. I’m mainly self-taught, but learned how to use acrylic paints at a College of Further Education.
I'm one half of a creative team of sisters who work together closely, so I'm glad to have a spare brain, pair of eyes and hands roaming the house.
My older sis, Jelka , creates gorgeous one-of-a-kind art dolls and I'm happy and proud when I can paint their faces and body parts.
Jelka is also a great author and comic artist and helped me to improve most of the artworks you can see in my gallery.
My family and pets, telling stories, humour, learning about animals and the search for chemical-free insight keep me together.
I can't tell you about all my projects and ideas because I prefer to show finished works than talking too much. My art tells a lot about me and my personality, anyway.
Interests: caring for my pets (dog & cat), music, learning about nature and animals, yummy organic vegan food
Favourite musicians: The Beatles, Paul McCartney, Kate Bush, Stray Cats, The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Peter Gabriel, Rory Gallagher, Sting, Mari Boine, Sonny Landreth, The Rutles, Tori Amos
Favourite authors: Terry Pratchett, Cesar Millan, Scott McCloud
Favourite artists: Don Rosa, Mort Drucker, Tome & Janry, Rien Poortvliet, Paul Kidby, André Franquin
Favourite words: Brot (bread), FWOOMP, Phalacrocorax carbo (Great Cormorant), Pi-pa-po, GLOOING
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