The Color of Magic


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From The Color of Magic and The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett

Let it be said right up front that I spent 30 years NOT being a Discworld fan. I was loudly and vociferously NOT a Discworld fan to everyone who would listen to me, and at great lengths…and the reason I was NOT a Discworld fan was because I had bought and read these two books, the first two in the series, in the mid 1980s when they came out, and did not like them.

Fast forward to 2012, when Spider Jerusalem was our housemate for about 9 months.

Spider Jerusalem IS a Discworld fan. He’s read all the books and seen all the movies and expressed his amazement that I was NOT a fan. I explained my complete nonenjoyment of these two books.

Oh, those were his first books, SJ said, and he was learning to write. They’re much better now.

And he showed me several movies made from the series, and when I saw the movie of  Going Postal…by golly, I became a fan too. Of SOME of the books, and have read a bunch, and am now evangelizing and proselytizing to everyone I know, just as he has done.

So what does all that have to do with this movie? Well, Faithful Reader, as you see above, this movie was made from the first two books in the series, the ones I disliked and that made me NOT a fan. But now I am a fan, and I saw the movie, and it was cheap, so I thought, what the heck? and bought it, and recently took it to the Red Cross when I was doing apheresis and would need something amusing to watch for two and a half hours.

And…well, this was amusing. It’s about a wizard in the Wizard’s Guild who has never been able to learn any spells, and his adventures with the Discworld’s first tourist, and a magic book that wakes up after being quiet for a long time. Tim Curry is the bad guy in it, and there were several good scenes. The writing (‘mucked about by Terry Pratchett’) was good, better than the books, and the special effects and filming were excellent. All in all, it was pretty good, a decent fantasy, funny in parts, and with a satisfying ending.

It was good enough to show to Mr. Otter after I got back, although after seeing it twice, I probably don’t need to see it again.

But I am still a fan. Just in case you were wondering.

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