Book Video: Terry Pratchett – Science Fiction or Fantasy?

I came across Terry Pratchett’s books a few years ago (I think it’s been almost a decade now!), with The Colour of Magic, and I’ve been a fan ever since. His writing is funny, imaginative, original and insightful, and I would recommend his Discworld series to anyone who loves fantasy and is looking for great characters and world-building, with a stint of satire in their stories.

I decided to share this video because even nowadays we see so many books being blatantly misclassified in bookstores that it’s almost funny (bordering on sad). Classifying a book into a genre might be a difficult and sometimes completely superfluous and arbitrary task, but it’s needed for organizational purposes, and I just don’t understand how little thought people seem to put into it. In some cases it gets downright silly, like seeing the Portuguese version of The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases on the Self-Help section of a bookstore, or adult-themed graphic novels in the Children’s section.

Another interesting point he mentions is that even if a book in the Science Fiction & Fantasy section is a best-seller, they don’t show it on the Best-Sellers list. This might have been a few years ago, but even nowadays these are looked down upon as second-rate book genres. Again, a very sad prejudice, but as any prejudice, one that will probably take years to change.


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