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Rhianna Pratchett is Adapting Her Dad’s Lady-Led YA Book Wee Free Men for Film

Terry Pratchett‘s Discworld series has but a few spinoffs: a series on science, and a smattering of young adult novels set in the same universe. Of the latter, only one character has inspired Pratchett to write more than a single book about their adventures, and that’s Tiffany Aching, junior witch, dairy maid, and friend of the Nac Mac Feegle, a tribe of “pictsies” best described as that really weird dream you had after falling asleep facing a Braveheart poster at the end of an evening of bawdy drinking and a Smurfs marathon.

It’s my duty to inform you that Ms. Aching may be coming to a theater near you.

Rhianna Pratchett announced on Friday:

The book is one she’s had her “eye on for years.”

It’s interesting to set the Tiffany Aching series up against Harry Potter, and even the books themselves make their own little jokes about it, even though (and because) they have little in common. Beyond both of them being largely concerned with the adventures of a young person learning the art of magic, they’re boarding school vs. independent study. For a brief moment in the first book Tiffany daydreams about magically traveling to a witch school with potion classes and broomstick riding lessons, only to find that witch “school” is simply what you learn from observing the world in a particular way. Your final exam usually begins almost immediately after you decide to become a witch (in Tiffany’s case she must rescue her brother from the realm of the elves (elves in Discworld are Not Nice) armed only with a good frying pan and the dubious help of the Feegles), and you spend the rest of your life figuring out whether you passed.

Pratchett movie adaptations are already not nearly numerous as they should be, and Tiffany Aching is a little known gem, so I very much hope this is one that gets out of script stages and into theaters.

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  • Anonymous

    If SHE’S adapting it then at least it’ll stand a chance of coming out right. I’m still worried about how the Suits will try to interfere with it, but I’m cautiously optimistic. Assuming, of course, that it doesn’t wind up in Development Hell. ;)

    I love Tiffany and the Feegles and it’ll be great to see a movie where the “traditional” story is turned right around and takes a frying pan to the face.

  • Bernadette Heze

    I love me some Feegles <3

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  • Lady Commentariat

    Pleasepleaseplease don’t let them turn Tiffany into a Disney Channel-esque witch-princess. Also, I vote stop-motion animation. Laika would do a nice job with it.

  • Charlie

    Are they still doing the Night Watch cop show? I haven’t heard about that for ages.

  • Amy W

    that’s what I said.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah I’m not sure how live action would work with the Feegles… Visions of digitally miniaturized half naked brits painted blue are dancing before my eyes…

  • Jeanette Diaz

    Oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy!

  • Anonymous

    Definitely Sqeeworthy… IF…DONE…RIGHT!!!

  • Anonymous

    I want to squee but all this poor once-bitten-twice-shy soul can do is murmur a very subdued ‘hurray’ and add this one to the list of pterry adaptions that are definitely-really-happening-honestly-sometime-never. I expect to be obsessively googling desperately for non-existant updates on this project for the next decade.

    I love the Tiffany books. I always felt Equal Rites or Mort might make better candidates for filming (can you imagine Mort done by Laika, the people that did Coraline?) but I certainly wouldn’t say no to a TiffanyAching adaptation.

    If it ever happens.

    I’ve been hurt, y’know?