It’s something that happens rarely in the world of literature. People can write books, but authors write stories. Terry Pratchett was a special kind of author. His Discworld series immersed adults and children into a world that was so farfetched, brilliant, comical and sometimes bleak. We’ve unfortunately lost one of the best authors in modern times. He spent the last years of his life writing and increasing the awareness of dementia. There has been an outpour on Twitter for a unique author, and here is a list of ten tweets from mourning fans:
1) Many stories of his wit at book signings, here’s one of them:
he asked me what I’d like him to write and I said “oh, anything” so he signed it “Dear Chris, Oh, Anything, Terry Pratchett”. Legend.
— Chris Rankin (@chrisrankin) March 13, 2015
2) Twitter, more than anything, is jam-packed with Terry Pratchett quotes, which are nothing short of inspiring.
#Terry Pratchett quote; ‘Fantasy is an exercise bicycle for the mind. It might not take you anywhere but it tones up the muscles that can’.
— Jim R (@Slimjim73Jim) March 13, 2015
3) A tribute at Earls Court Station, London.
— Matylda Szyrle (@MatyldaSzyrle) March 13, 2015
4) One of the most influential characters from his Discworld series is ‘Death’, fans have actually been petitioning on Twitter for Death to bring Pratchett back to life.
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) March 13, 2015
5) A tribute at Canary Wharf, too!
— Rich Leigh (@RichLeighPR) March 13, 2015
6) Terry was also part of the euthanasia debate, who was notably for it.
— Trevor Moore (@HappyHumanistUK) March 13, 2015
7) Sums up his adoration very nicely.
What I loved about Sir Terry Pratchett was his curious ability to seamlessly weave profound, artful wordsmithery amidst brilliant nonsense.
— Callan McAuliffe (@CallanMcAuliffe) March 13, 2015
8) A point that revebrerates among many fans on Twitter.
Terry Pratchett will be deeply missed, but his books and the world he created will live on forever. Thanks for all of the good times.
— Joedat Esfahani (@VoyboyLoL) March 13, 2015
9) Many feel a sense of loss, from stories that were yet to be told
Fiction lost another giant today. DEATH came & tapped #Terry Pratchett on the shoulder. So many stories will now go untold.
— MaryAnnPedenCoviello (@MAPedenCoviello) March 13, 2015
10) Finally, the last Tweet on Pratchett’s account sent shcokwaves through social media
— Terry Pratchett (@terryandrob) March 12, 2015
The author will be missed by a lot of people. Trying to pick ten tweets to sum up the effect his death has had on people was really hard, considering he had touched thousands of people with his imagination.
Are you a fan of Terry Pratchett? What was your favourite book he had written?