Bizarrely some of the most profound truths I have ever encountered have been uttered by trolls, dwarves, wizards, mathematical genius camels, and witches.
“How so?” you ask, and it’s a valid question, it wouldn’t be the obvious place to go looking for the answer to life’s deep mysteries. But then I would say ‘Discworld” and many of you would nod sagely and go “ah yes, of course” whilst others will go “bleugh, I don’t do fantasy”.
The wonderful Sir Terry Pratchett, was a genius when it came to social commentary. He could see politics exactly for what it was, knew how things really got done (and by whom) and no element of modern life was safe from his exceptional wit.
He was the creator of the the fantastical Discworld series, building an exceptionally loyal fanbase throughout the world, but found certainly to begin with, that he was held in distain by the Literati, for being ‘merely’ a fantasy writer.
He was not ‘merely a fantasy novelist.
He was the creator of a rich world full of foibles, weirdness, crazy political systems, and fabulous, fabulous characters, who held a mirror up to our own society and I could never do him justice.
I didn’t, however, ‘get it’ immediately. I read ‘The Colour of Magic” or at least I tried to, and wondered what all of the fuss was about. I really wasn’t all that keen, and left it a while. Then, whilst short of a book to read, I picked up “Equal Rites” well now, this was a different kettle of fish. I was pulled in by the throat, and plonked very unceremoniously in the corner of Granny Weatherwax’s cottage, told to be quiet, and just watch as the plot unfolded.
From then on I was hooked, and have stayed that way.
So today’s quote, is by Sir Terry Pratchett, from Equal Rites
“It is well known that a vital ingredient of success is not knowing that what you’re attempting can’t be done”.
I can think of quite a few projects, where, if I’d known then what I know now, I wouldn’t have started in the first place, thus proving they couldn’t be done. Since I didn’t know that, I did them anyway, quite successfully as it turned out.
If you believe you can do it – go on ahead, who knows what you could achieve!
So, having been nominated by Chomuse with a Chou, the rules are…