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Terry Pratchett fans are defending his honour after The Guardian called him 'mediocre'

The article comes days after Pratchett’s final novel was published.

Britain Obit Pratchett Source: AP/Press Association Images

CELEBRATED AUTHOR TERRY Pratchett passed away earlier this year.

His final book in the Discworld series, The Shepherd’s Crown, was published last week and is already earning wonderful reviews from critics and fans alike.

Today, however, writer Jonathan Jones has penned an article for The Guardian entitled “Get real. Terry Pratchett is not a literary genius” and criticised the late author.

Jones opens his piece by stating that he has never Pratchett’s work nor does he ever intend to. “Life’s too short,” he writes.

No offence, but Pratchett is so low on my list of books to read before I die that I would have to live a million years before getting round to him. I did flick through a book by him in a shop, to see what the fuss is about, but the prose seemed very ordinary.

He then singles out Pratchett, who sold 85 million books during his lifetime, as being “part of a very disturbing cultural phenomenon”.

In the age of social media and ebooks, our concept of literary greatness is being blurred beyond recognition. A middlebrow cult of the popular is holding literature to ransom.

This afternoon, Pratchett fans have taken to Twitter to defend the late author.

While others heaped praise on Pratchett and the legacy he left behind.

And accused Jones of being a ‘literary snob’.

And other fans? Others have simply employed this wonderfully apt quote from the man himself.


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