This thread is for discussing Hogfather in some depth. If you haven’t read the book then read on at your own risk – or, better still, go and read the book and join in the fun.
For those of us that are going to join in the discussion, here are a few guidelines:
Please feel free to make comparisons to other Discworld books, making sure you identify the book and the passage you are referring to. Others may not be as familiar with the book you are referencing, so think before you post.
Sometimes we’ll need to agree to disagree – only Terry knows for sure what he was thinking when he wrote the books and individuals members may have widely different interpretations – so try to keep the discussion friendly.
We may be discussing a book that you don’t much care for – don’t be put off joining in the discussion. If you didn’t care for the book, then that in itself is a good topic for discussion.
Please note: there is no time limit to this discussion. Please feel free to add to it at any time - especially if you've just read the book.
Please endeavour to keep the discussion on topic. If necessary I will step in and steer it back to the original topic – so no digressions please!
Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
Originally published 1996
Just like buses, you wait for ages for one and then three turn up together. That was the case with people asking to write the introduction for Hogfather. It’s obviously a very popular book with Pratchett readers and I’ll look forward to your comments.
However, first come, first served and I want to thank Meerkat for writing the following intro.
meerkat wrote: What has happened to the Hogfather?
OMG!, where has he gone?
Will there still be a HOGSWATCH this year?
Will the sun rise on HOGSWATCH morning?
Will the pork reserves dry up?
There is only one replacement who can step into the breach as long as he can get his ‘HO HO HO’s’ right, his cushion doesn’t slip too much and his elf doesn’t eat ALL the pork pies and turnips..or set the sleigh alight with his fag ends!
Meanwhile, can a Woman do a Man’s job, especially as the HOGFATHER’s replacement isn’t alive in the given meaning of alive... or a ‘man’ for that matter?
It is HOGSWATCH, so be afraid, be very afraid, something unpleasant is happening in the Discworld!
Oddly enough, this has never been one of my favourites – although I don’t dislike it. I’ve read it dozens of times, but this time I really felt like I ‘got’ what Terry was saying.
To me this is almost a companion book with Small Gods in that it deals with belief. But, whereas Small Gods dealt with religious belief, Hogfather deals much more with the things humans believe in, in general. When the days are getting darker and colder it takes hope and belief that the world isn’t going to end and that summer will come again.
Superstitions become beliefs and beliefs become traditions.
I think it’s inevitable that comparisons will be drawn with the Sky TV version, and that’s fine, but be aware that some people may not have watched it.
I enjoyed Hogfather much more this time.
But what did you think of it?
Want to write the introduction for the next discussion (The Light Fantastic)? PM me and let me know if you’d like to – first come first served.