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Welcome to part two of our 2001 Dragon*Con performance of Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett, adapted for audio by David Benedict, featuring John Rhys-Davies as Lupine Wonse.
As I mentioned last week, the adaptation for this production was particularly difficult. It is a full-length novel, rich with character development, humor, plots and subplots, and is considered by many to be a fine starting point for those wishing to get into the Discworld series. When compressing it down into an hour, most of that stuff had to go out the window. When we read the first draft it took over two hours and we didn’t finish. That’s when I knew I had my work cut out for me.
For those of you who have read the original book, I agonized over the scene with the prospective dragon hunters who were all complaining about how you don’t get respect from monsters anymore and how one monster’s mother actually came round to complain after he was killed and his head put up over the door. For those of you who haven’t, don’t think this adaptation even begins to cover the depth of this book. Read it.