Fans petition ‘DEATH’ to bring back Pratchett
Published: 14 March 2015 7:32 AM
Terry Pratchett died of a form of Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 66, his publishing house said on March 12, 2015. – Reuters pic, March 14, 2015.
Thousands of fans of British author Terry Pratchett signed a petition on Friday asking “Death” – one of the characters in his best-selling Discworld science-fantasy novels – to revive him.
“Bring back Terry Pratchett”, was the simple message in the missive carried on the change.org website, which had more than 5,000 signatures.
“Death – are you sure you’re ready to meet your maker?” said one signatory, Tim Lidbetter.
Another, Iain Sutherland, said: “Terry Pratchett turned Death from a figure of hate into a much loved and sometimes welcomed character.
“No-one else cared about you Death. You owe him!”
Sara Edwards wrote: “I think that Terry Pratchett would kind of like the idea of petitioning Death.”
Pratchett, who sold more than 85 million books worldwide, died on Thursday aged 66 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
One of the recurring characters in the Discworld novels was Death, a strangely endearing creature who is fond of cats – and whose utterances on the page are written in capital letters.
Many fans quoted from his works in their tributes on Twitter, including one of his most famous lines: “‘DON’T THINK OF IT AS DYING,’ said Death. ‘JUST THINK OF IT AS LEAVING EARLY TO AVOID THE RUSH.'” – AFP, March 14, 2015.