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Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The (2005)

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Old Aug 15, 2006, 06:25 AM   #1
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Alright: Why SHOULD I read HGTTG?

Okay Splend you banged on about it often enough so I bought it, however before settling down to read it I unfortunately went and watched the recent film adaption first.

It wasn't great.

So why exactly should I bother to read the book, especially when I've got a zillion others to get through (no you can't use the shiny red button on the front as temptation)?
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Old Aug 15, 2006, 06:31 AM   #2
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Re: Alright: Why SHOULD I read HGTTG?

All adaptations have completely different storylines; they all begin the same, but they go off in different directions, like parallel universes.

It was originally a radio show, but the books are probably the most popular version because they're funnier, and DNA's prose is so good. The books gave me a sense of humour in the first place (for years, I subconciously mimicked his writing style, and when I discovered other types of comedy, such as Monty Python and Blackadder, all these difefrent styles blended to create the "Nexian" humour I have today), and they were the books that got me into reading in the first place. So they are probably the most important books I have ever read in my life. And they're bloody funny, especially if you like dry, sarcastic humour with a hint of silliness (the slapstick from the film isn't there).
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Old Aug 15, 2006, 06:34 AM   #3
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Re: Alright: Why SHOULD I read HGTTG?

Aargh! No! No! Bad idea! You should have read the book before the film! The film's ok, but ... gaah, now you might not stick with the books

And the shiny red button on the front DOES compell you, does it not?

So ... reasons to read the book ... well :
  • It's very funny, at times side-splittingly so
  • It's much better than the film you just watched, though once you get to the end you'll either throw it across the room in disgust or rush out to get the second one (hint : do the latter, it's even funnier than the first book)
  • It doesn't have the frankly pointless Arthur/Trillian lovestory that they shoe-horned in
  • It doesn't have the Humma Kavula stuff which, although it was originally conceived of by the author, wasn't handled especially wonderfully in the film (although I am prone to the occasional cry of 'Humma Kavula!' for no reason)
  • Ford Prefect is a much better character in the book and, by the end of the 5, is almost well-rounded (hey, you're not expecting literature, are you? )
  • Zaphod has two heads that are actually independatn of each other in the book, unlike the pop-up thing in the film. This is funny. Go with it.
  • It's an excellent and fun work of satire
  • It's the most important book Nexus ever read
  • It's the most important series of books that I ever read (I started with the third, oddly enough)
  • The Vogons aren't as cosmically clownish as they are in the film
  • All the funny Stephen Fry bits in the film are in the book
  • aaaaand you can read the bit about the Sperm Whale in the voice of Bill Bailey now that you've seen the film!

Ok, I'm done ... for now
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