Says the man who was a complete tool and douche on stage when Sir Terry visited us last.
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But have no fear, we'll get our revenge for this perfidy! we'll just not buy any of his child's derivative efforts. That'll show him.
If Terry feels his daughter can handle the reigns of the Disc, then by all means she should. I will be fist in line to buy her first book.
for one - and there are many
Discworld is Terry's property, and staring down the barrel of Death's scythe as he is, why wouldn't he pass on this thing that he legally has ownership of, to his children?
Besides, it can't be any more of a disappointment than _Making Money_ was.
It appeals to very few people. That doesn't mean it's not art worthy of distribution.
Yes, Brian Herbert isn't the writer his father was. Nor is Christopher Tolkien. But I'm fairly certain that neither of them consulted with their parent (death being a problem in that regard) about continuing the work.
I'm perfectly willing to give Pratchett the Younger a fair shake; her father went from reasonably good/funny with the first Discworld books, to brilliant/fall-down-laughing with the later ones, to a brief trough of not-quite-as-good when the Alzheimer's kicked in, and has now clawed his way back up almost to the peak. (Not always with Discworld, either; Nation and Dodger are two of his best lately.)
And ultimately, though we're the audience, it's his universe and stories. I have no more problem with him passing the torch to his daughter than I do with Harlan Ellison's stated wish (publicly confirmed by his wife) that any unfinished pieces be taken out of his files and burned when he dies.
Unless she's planning to re-release the original Pratchett works in some edited form (possibly with ridiculous CGI added), and also make it impossible to acquire them in their original form. That would make me very unhappy.
It is likely that they have discussed her taking the reigns at length, and that should make for a better transition than if Discworld were taken over by a disinterested publishing concern and given to someone who had no relation or love for the works that have gone before.
As @17 said, if they're good then fine; if they're bad or worse she tries to control or modify the original works (Disney-fication) then it will be a much sadder situation.
Anyway, I agree--if Rhianna's books are good, yay, if not, then that's over.
Either she will write books I enjoy, in which case, more power to her and it will be a joy to continue the series and watch it move in new directions, or they will suck, in which case, I don't have to buy new ones and can happily keep rereading the ones I already have.
@21, I blame Paul. His ass-hattery often makes me misspell words. Although in internet misspellings, 'Reign' is not as bad as 'here, here'