Tonyblack wrote:There are some concepts in Hogfather that I found particularly interesting - especially the origins of Hogswatch as they parallel our own origins of Christmas - or more exactly, the Midwinter traditions. In ancient times there must have been a real fear that spring would never return. How many of us feel miserable at that time of year when there is little greenery, cold weather and few fresh food items to be had? It's no wonder that people took what greenery there was into their homes and celebrated the fact that the days were starting to lengthen again. That's the times when gods are created - when things seem to be almost hopeless and the promise of spring is a far way off.
In many ways it's more a book about folklore and history than religion. On our world it's a powerful time for beliefs and it's no wonder that the old Pagan celebrations got somewhat hijacked by Christian beliefs.
Even the toothfairy harks back to a time when people burned there discarded fingernail cuttings and hair - they certainly would have kept their children's teeth safe so that no magic could be used against them.
An interesting review, Q.
Hmm. I wished I could have put more into it, but Hogfather was simply better than Reaper Man and Small Gods. It just needs repeated reading in order to understand the plot better. But I reckon that this is Terry Pratchett's magnum opus. It's easy to see, in retrospect, why Sky chose to adapt this story.
Speaking of the adaptation, I know that some people object to Marc Warren giving Teatime the 'Willy Wonka sing-song' voice, but I actually found it hard to read Hogfather without hearing that voice again. And to be honest, it actually does fit, as Teatime is basically a brilliant and psychopathic manchild.
I've often said that Atlas Shrugged is a piece of shit, and that it being a so-called philosophical novel is no excuse. I feel that Hogfather is what Atlas Shrugged should have been like, in terms of balancing entertainment with actual high concept.