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Fandom experiences.... by JesIdres Fandom experiences.... by JesIdres
Why don't I draw Harry Potter anymore? Well, it's Terry Pratchett's fault, really. Sure, they're both fantasy, but Fantasy is just another view of reality, really.... and after enjoying a good balance of drama and humor and reality in the first books, you can stand whining for so long. And when an ENTIRE BOOK whines, and an author kill people not because it moves the plot, or because it fits the characters actions, but to drum up headlines, you start wondering if the author is writing to tell a story or make a buck.

I'll admit that meeting Terry Pratchett may have biased me slightly- he's an international best seller and millions of fans, but involving fans in the process and explaining why everything happens in a book, even if the fans don't like it, makes the books easy to pick up and enjoy. And every time he promotes a book, I have the feeling he doesn't mind if you don't like a specific character. It's his story, he doesn't need to defend it, but he'll humor you anyways. And his children's books don't talk down to them, they treat them like the little adults they are, who just need some maturity. As an education Masters degree holder, I love this- most modern teaching theories work using the same qualities found in a Pratchett book.

I know there are people who are Pratchett and Rowling fans, and some people don't like either. These are my opinions, not fact.

I need to practice Tiffany more.
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Pensive-Penumbra Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Student Writer
I couldn't agree more.  Thanks for this!
Kate-Kyrillion Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
I love this - and it's completely hilarious that I can't see a single comment disagreeing with your point here :)

Like some other commenters, I first read HP when I was past the ideal demographic - I was about 13, and by that time I already had a very thorough grounding in childrens' literature, particularly fantasy. In particular, I;d already fallen in love with the work of Terry Pratchett, Tamora Pierce, Ursula Le Guin, Joan Aiken, and many more writers who Rowling either emulates or is simply not as good as. So while I was still able to enjoy the HP books for the cosy adventures they were, the accompanying rabid fandom wound me up.

To my mind Terry Pratchett is one of the most notable writers of the late 20th century. He has a wisdom and insight to work with - not to mention hilarity and knack for moving drama - that Rowling is just no where near. If PTerry isn't someone's cup of tea and Rowling is their thing, fine by me. But when Rowling is a footnote in literary history, I think people will still be being changed and moved by Discworld.

(I particularly like the panel about Rowling's 'darkness', by the way - call me petty but it hits the nail on the head!)
JesIdres Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
harrylee94 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So true! Whenever I write stories, I ALWAYS end up adding humour, even if it's the darkest thing ever!
JesIdres Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
It's coping mechanism :)
harrylee94 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very true
ALynnL Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I haven't been in the HP "fandom" per se. I read the first book and thought it was all right, but then I wasn't really into reading back when I was younger. I wouldn't start becoming a true "reader" until I was a young adult, around 18 - 20.

I have to admire Terry's attitude toward his work though. There can be darkness and humor in a story (and maybe both are needed!)

I have to say that "I'll keep reading Discworld, because I won't want to fall into the angst-trap that is the latter parts of the HP series."

As for the deviation itself, well, I like comics like these. They're better than tl;dr journal rants that people probably just backtrack out of. They give a visual representation of what your stance is, and why it's there. I like that.
JesIdres Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
I am bad with the word type things. Better with silly pictures.

I will say my stance has soften towards JK Rowling over the years, but I still prefer PTerry without fail.
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