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branchandroot: Killua looking wry (Killua wry)
[personal profile] branchandroot
I think I've finally put my finger on what makes Pratchett's children's books read so much more darkly to me than his adult books. It's because the humor is missing. I don't think I'd say I Shall Wear Midnight is any darker, at root, than Night Watch. But the latter has that humor in it that's rooted so deeply in obscure puns, and pop culture references from decades if not centuries ago, and History Department in jokes. That's been the hallmark of his books ever since he got past the custard-pie period. And those don't go very well in a children's book, so they get left out and what's left is the serious core, a lot darker without all those little sparkles and rib-nudges.

Date: 2011-06-01 12:11 am (UTC)
annotated_em: cross-section of a lemon (Default)
From: [personal profile] annotated_em
*thoughtful* Yeah, that makes sense. The humor in the YA books is very, very stripped-down. Flattened out.

Date: 2011-06-01 04:03 am (UTC)
edenfalling: stylized black-and-white line art of a sunset over water (Default)
From: [personal profile] edenfalling
I think you are right. And that would explain why, for all that I love the Tiffany books, I don't love them as strongly as my favorites of the regular Discworld series. For me, Pratchett's humor makes his serious bits shine brighter and sink in deeper.

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