The Discworld Homework Files


Terry Pratchett, as you probably know if you've landed here, is the most popular fantasy author writing in English today. The secret of his appeal to all ages, and an important point to note if you're going to study his work at any level, is that unlike most fantasy authors, he doesn't actually write fantasy: the books are more like satire or straight comic novels that happen to be set in a fantasy world.

As his fame grows, an increasing number of teachers are asking their students to write essays on Pratchett's work. Many students have difficulty completing these essays; perhaps they are unaccustomed to writing on a fantasy subject, perhaps they are overworked, perhaps they are just too busy. Whatever. We're not here to judge, just to help. This site is for your benefit.

Blair gets it wrong

These short essays have been compiled after extensive study and consultation with a wide range of highly qualified people, including teachers, students and literary analysts. We hope they'll be helpful in formulating your own ideas.

Select a book:

The Colour of Magic Moving Pictures Feet of Clay
The Light Fantastic Reaper Man Hogfather
Equal Rites Witches Abroad Jingo
Mort Small Gods The Last Continent
Sourcery Lords & Ladies Carpe Jugulum
Wyrd Sisters Men at Arms The Science of Discworld
Pyramids Soul Music The Fifth Elephant
Guards! Guards! Interesting Times The Truth
Eric Maskerade  

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