The Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

I just finished watching “The Hogfather” based on the book by Terry Pratchett.   A friend of mine had lent me the book eons ago but I have yet to make it past page thirty.  I just can’t get into it… the writing style is just not for me.  When I saw the showing on TV, recorded it to my DVR and finally got around to watching it… I thoroughly enjoyed it!   This is my favorite scene.

Death: Humans need fantasy to *be* human. To be the place where the falling angel meets the rising ape.
Susan: With tooth fairies? Hogfathers?
Death: Yes. As practice, you have to start out learning to believe the little lies.
Susan: So we can believe the big ones?
Death: Yes. Justice, mercy, duty. That sort of thing.
Susan: They’re not the same at all.
Death: You think so? Then take the universe and grind it down to the finest powder, and sieve it through the finest sieve, and then show me one atom of justice, one molecule of mercy. And yet, you try to act as if there is some ideal order in the world. As if there is some, some rightness in the universe, by which it may be judged.
Susan: But people have got to believe that, or what’s the point?
Death: You need to believe in things that aren’t true. How else can they become?

Susan is Death’s Grand Daughter so she is not afraid or intimidated by him.  It’s interesting to watch her attitude toward him change throughout the movie.  In the early scenes she is mistrusting, almost angry with him but by the end she understands more of where he is coming from.  But, as the above dialog suggests, she still has much to learn.

The movie was great in a “Nightmare Before Christmas” meets “Never Ending Story” with a bit of “Harry Potter” thrown in kind of way.  All movies I love!


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