Tuesday, August 30, 2005


“If you read the title of a recent article on the BBC’s website
“Pratchett takes swipe at Rowling” you would think that Terry had
done a “Prescott” on the Harry Potter author.  However, with a
little research it would appear that nothing could be further from
the truth.

Whilst the BBC decided that Terry’s recent letter to the Sunday
Times was an attack on J K Rowling it would appear that it was in
fact an attack on sloppy journalism.  But as Terry later put in a
post on a Harry Potter forum – “out there now, I believe, are
various morphs of the BBC piece, with extra venom. You don’t have to
think about it, just react. ‘Pratchett Attacks Journalist’ just
would not be as much fun. Every story needs a villain, right?”

What made Terry write to The Times was the current view of
ill-informed journalists who are of the opinion that fantasy was on
its last legs and that J K Rowling has single-handedly rejuvenated
the fantasy genre.  In his letter Terry stated: “WHY IS it felt that
the continued elevation of J K Rowling can only be achieved at the
expense of other writers (Mistress of Magic, News Review, last
week)?  Now we learn that prior to Harry Potter the world of fantasy
was plagued with ‘knights and ladies morris-dancing to

The closest Terry came to attacking J K Rowling in any way was his
response to her claim that she didn’t realise she was writing a
fantasy novel [The Philosophers Stone] until it was finished.
Terry’s response, in typical tongue in cheek form, read:  “I would
have thought that the wizards, witches, trolls, unicorns, hidden
worlds, jumping chocolate frogs, owl mail, magic food, ghosts,
broomsticks and spells would have given her a clue?”

Hopefully now that Terry has explained his views publicly and some
of the more excitable Harry Potter fans have calmed down a bit we
can all move on.  And maybe some of the ill-informed journalists
will take a little time to do some research.  They may even enjoy
some of it.”

-From discworld monthly

From BBC:


“Meanwhile, Rowling celebrated her 40th birthday on Sunday, the day she has also made her young creation’s birthday. ”

I think she’s a bit of an egotist.

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 3:27 pm  

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