Let's get this slapstick issue put to bed here and now and leave the Nightwatch v Pyramids grudge debate that appears to be building up in this forum for other threads where they're being given more intensive and civilised consideration
Here's what pooh means about the passionate exchange that's prompted him to create this
swreader wrote:Pooh, I get the impression that the books you like have lots of semi-slapstick comedy bits - and that's why you like them (though I may be totally wrong about this)
SW I get the impression that you DON'T
like Pyramids (though I may be totally wrong about this), because you think the humour is semi-slapstick. I think you are dead wrong about the humour classification, and it is exactly that kind of assumption that makes TP books not big sellers in the US as opposed to in the UK.
That's considered opinion from 2 eloquent and committed Pterry fans expressed in their personal idiosyncratic styles, so let's leave that particular duel to pan out when Pyramids gets it's own thread in the sun and clear the decks for the purpose this
thread was created for...?
THE GREAT TRANS-ATLANTIC HUMOUR BATTLE OF 2010
1. NO Pterry comparative arguments on international sales figures or the books themselves
especially between Nightwatch and Pyramids
- they have another pre-booked and separate floor(s) to be canvassed.
We're all Pterry fans here so it's really pointless using Discworld humour to score points - most of us have lots of favourites and not so many 'not keens' and so this has nothing
to do with nationality and/or ethnicity and proves nothing because we're ALL
biased in this respect
2. make your points as you wish but if you want to include clips, try to use ones that illustrate that and aren't just appealing to the audience's funny bones for cheap laughs - have them for a reason.
3. in the same way if you want to illustrate why the other faction doesn't understand, do so for the purpose of supporting your argument not to start cream pie fights
Everyone happy with that?
OK - I took my side already, because I do think there is
a difference between Old and New World humour, but it's not a blanket one except in the very broadest sense of media demographics that takes no true account of individual preferences except on a bums on seats basis. Nobody on this forum is that classifiable, so it's taken as read that we are all talking in general terms and won't make any cheap shots against the French or indeed the Germans, even though everyone knows they have no sense of humour whatsoever...