Tear Jerker: Discworld
Terry Pratchett's Discworld has a lot of these:
Main Discworld novels
Main Discworld novels
- Moving Pictures
- Reaper Man
- Witches Abroad
- Small Gods
- Lords and Ladies
- Men at Arms
- Soul Music
- Interesting Times
- Repeatedly in witch novels: If any ground is sacred, this ground is; if any day is sacred, this day is.
- The Sea and Little Fishes: "Itís hard to contemplate, in the grey hours of the night, that probably the only reason people would come to your funeral would be to make sure youíre dead." Granny Weatherwax can be a very heartbreaking character at times.
- The introduction in which Terry writes about getting letters from people who are due to meet Death, and hope that he is as Pratchett has written him. Not just any people. CHILDREN. Terminally ill children who thank Mr. Pratchet for making Death less scary for them. Let's just say Terry wasn't the only one left staring at the walls when they read that.
- Towards the end of his life, Pratchett suffered from Alzheimer's, a disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions, and eventually died from complications thereof.
- He made a documentary discussing the concept of assisted suicide, showing a half dozen people suffering from horrible diseases that have absolutely destroyed their bodies, yet they are just as alive and bright in mind as Pratchett himself...and the point of it all was explaining and showing how he planned to end his own life (which he does not seem to have). Here's a link: http://vimeo.com/25239708.
- He wrote a Dimbleby Lecture, about a year after that documentary was made. It was about euthanasia, and the single hardest thing to watch in it is him explaining that he needed his friend Tony Robinson to read out his entire speech for him, because his brain just is not capable of letting him properly read any more. The look on everybody's faces, and the obvious way Pratchett is struggling to read about a page of notes- the introduction- is heartbreaking. Making it worse is that he sits on stage afterwards, extremely dignified, as Robinson reads the speech, and the camera keeps cutting occasionally to Pratchett quietly sitting in his chair, his hat covering his face.
- Shortly after Pratchett's death his literary agent, Rob Wilkins, posted several tweets to the effect of Pratchett meeting the Discworld Death.
- Naturally, after Pratchett's death there was an outpouring of fanart mourning his passing.
- In the wake of his death, two trends became very meaningful and pervasive among Pratchett's fans.
- The first was "Death brought the sword", since it's explained in one of the books that for the common folk, Death has a scythe, but kings get the sword.
- Instead of signing 'RIP Terry Pratchett', fans started tagging 'GNU Terry Pratchett'. This is from Going Postal, where it is a mechanism of the clacks towers that any message marked "GNU" will continue to be passed up and down the lines. And a man never dies as long as his name is still spoken...