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(The Hollywood News)   Douglas Adams' Dirk Gently novels could soon be made into a TV series: "Long Dark Teatime Of The Soul is one of the best books ever and Adams was a visionary who forever changed the way science fiction and actual science is written and talked about"   (thehollywoodnews.com) divider line 65
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2014-08-05 12:55:26 PM  
I freaking love the Dirk Gently books.

Do this. Do this thing. Do this thing NOW!

So let it be written and all that...
 
2014-08-05 01:46:59 PM  

quatchi: I freaking love the Dirk Gently books.

Do this. Do this thing. Do this thing NOW!

So let it be written and all that...


You will be disappointed, as it always has been and forever will be.
 
2014-08-05 02:08:27 PM  
I thought they tried this already. It only lasted a few episodes and it was abysmal.
 
2014-08-05 02:12:58 PM  

Snapper Carr: I thought they tried this already. It only lasted a few episodes and it was abysmal.


Yeah. It's on the Amazon video service.
 
2014-08-05 02:14:03 PM  
I just want one scene where you can see his couch impossibly stuck on his staircase.

Fighting with an eagle in kitchen would be good fun for TV as well.
 
2014-08-05 02:15:48 PM  
EvilEgg:

You will be disappointed, as it always has been and forever will be.


If you recognize that Douglas Adams had a unique gift, then you must also acknowledge that no one can replicate that style and sensibility.  We are doomed to be disappointed.
 
2014-08-05 02:18:27 PM  

rjakobi: Snapper Carr: I thought they tried this already. It only lasted a few episodes and it was abysmal.

Yeah. It's on the Amazon video service.


It was OK, as far as it went. Maybe tried a little too hard.
 
2014-08-05 02:23:22 PM  
I recall liking "Holistic Detective Agency" but disliking "Teatime", but I haven't revisited them since they first came 25+ years ago. So, somebody convince me I was wrong and should dig them out of whatever box they're in. Or, alternately, tell me why 25-years-younger me was right and that I shouldn't bother.
 
2014-08-05 02:26:12 PM  
'Long Dark Teatime' was so inanely boring I was rereading it, and about 85% through when I realized, "I've read this before."   It needed more punchlines ala 'Hitchhikers'.
 
2014-08-05 02:26:52 PM  

quatchi: I freaking love the Dirk Gently books.

Do this. Do this thing. Do this thing NOW!

So let it be written and all that...


Seconded.  Love them.  Hopefully they do them justice.
 
2014-08-05 02:28:11 PM  

EvilEgg: quatchi: I freaking love the Dirk Gently books.

Do this. Do this thing. Do this thing NOW!

So let it be written and all that...


You will be disappointed, as it always has been and forever will be.


I'm always a little disappointed cos I like to keep my expectations unrealistically high so I'm used to that by now.

There exists a chance however minute that it could be done and done right.

I dare to dream!
 
2014-08-05 02:38:59 PM  
Have Marvel handle "Long Dark Teatime" so they can put Hemsworth and Hopkins in it.
 
2014-08-05 02:39:43 PM  

Lex A. Preau: EvilEgg:

You will be disappointed, as it always has been and forever will be.


If you recognize that Douglas Adams had a unique gift, then you must also acknowledge that no one can replicate that style and sensibility.  We are doomed to be disappointed.


Mel Brooks could have done it
 
2014-08-05 02:42:39 PM  
Glad to see these getting some attention. I find the Dirk Gently books to be far funnier/more interesting than the stupid hitchhiker crap.
 
2014-08-05 02:51:36 PM  

Snapper Carr: I thought they tried this already. It only lasted a few episodes and it was abysmal.


Yes. It was. And the books were, too.
 
2014-08-05 02:51:53 PM  

rjakobi: Snapper Carr: I thought they tried this already. It only lasted a few episodes and it was abysmal.

Yeah. It's on the Amazon video service.


I caught most of an episode on PBS and it was alright, but sometimes hard to follow (a combination of accents plus the speed of the dialogue, and I was only half paying attention).
 
2014-08-05 02:54:05 PM  
Oh, make this be real...

/Damn and blast British Telecom!
 
2014-08-05 03:00:10 PM  
If they accurately follow the books I suspect some folks will be surprised at how the series ends.
 
2014-08-05 03:00:26 PM  
Oh, I don't know.....glue him to the floor or something...
 
2014-08-05 03:00:36 PM  
Dirk Gently was originally intended to be scripts for Doctor Who.

I don't see why that can't still happen.
 
2014-08-05 03:02:03 PM  
The BBC cartoon version of "Shada" is close enough, and is very well done. Paul McGann, IIRC.

Let it go.
 
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2014-08-05 03:02:08 PM  
I have seen that TV show. Dirk was neither fat nor wearing a big red hat.

It was... ok.
 
2014-08-05 03:05:25 PM  

Lex A. Preau: EvilEgg:

You will be disappointed, as it always has been and forever will be.


If you recognize that Douglas Adams had a unique gift, then you must also acknowledge that no one can replicate that style and sensibility.  We are doomed to be disappointed.


Well, Adams himself liked and imitated P.G. Wodehouse.  I don't think it diminshes Adams' talent to acknowledge the influence.
 
2014-08-05 03:06:05 PM  

johnnyq: I recall liking "Holistic Detective Agency" but disliking "Teatime", but I haven't revisited them since they first came 25+ years ago. So, somebody convince me I was wrong and should dig them out of whatever box they're in. Or, alternately, tell me why 25-years-younger me was right and that I shouldn't bother.


I re-read both in early June, one after the other, after watching the aforementioned TV series. I thought the first was smart, funny, and an enjoyable read. "Teatime" was...a mess. It wasn't as well constructed as the first book, and it felt like it was reaching for something it never quite achieved. Kind of a disappointment after the first book.
 
2014-08-05 03:06:49 PM  
Look, I suffered through the Boomers and their damn nostalgia-based 60s radio. I am not ready for my youth to be turned into a marketing gimmick for Peter Pans.
 
2014-08-05 03:32:34 PM  
I would have preferred Adams to have worked on more Dirk Gently stuff than the last two Hitchhiker books. "So Long and Thanks for All the Fish" was kinda lame, and "Mostly Harmless" was absolute dreck.

"Dirk Gently" was a nice tight little package. "Teatime" took a bit longer to simmer, but it's actually just as tight as "DG".
 
2014-08-05 03:39:39 PM  
That seems like a hot potato. I doubt anyone in America will pick it up.
 
2014-08-05 03:45:46 PM  
I know I've read the first one but I can't remember a damn thing about it.
 
2014-08-05 04:07:59 PM  

jaybeezey: I just want one scene where you can see his couch impossibly stuck on his staircase.



Been done.

PI-VOT!!!!

img.fark.net
 
2014-08-05 04:17:12 PM  
Douglas Adams forever changed my perspective of modern airport architecture. And pretty much everything else.

/Still, when I go into a large public establishment I compare the visibility of the HVAC to the legibility of the signage.
 
2014-08-05 04:20:41 PM  

felching pen: Douglas Adams forever changed my perspective of modern airport architecture. And pretty much everything else.

/Still, when I go into a large public establishment I compare the visibility of the HVAC to the legibility of the signage.


Zen navigation is always interesting to do, too.
 
2014-08-05 04:21:57 PM  
Is this the thread where I get to brag about my autographed copy of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency and that I got it signed in a CompUsa* with about 5 other people so we all got to talk to him for almost half an hour? Man, that was a great day.


*he was promoting a video game that he helped make, and apparently CompUsa sucks at co-ordinating events because it was at like 8am on a Saturday. Totally worth it.
 
2014-08-05 04:42:30 PM  

theorellior: I would have preferred Adams to have worked on more Dirk Gently stuff than the last two Hitchhiker books. "So Long and Thanks for All the Fish" was kinda lame, and "Mostly Harmless" was absolute dreck.

"Dirk Gently" was a nice tight little package. "Teatime" took a bit longer to simmer, but it's actually just as tight as "DG".


CSB:  A friend once claimed to have run into Adams in a book store.  After a bit of yammering on the top of Adams = awesome, he suddenly heard himself say 'But Mostly Harmless was such crap!"

Before he could even think to apologize, Adams said "I know.  I needed to write a book nobody would want a sequel to."

/CSB
 
2014-08-05 04:52:19 PM  
www.reddwarf.co.uk
 
2014-08-05 05:02:35 PM  
It was an act of god!

But which god was it?
 
2014-08-05 05:06:55 PM  

K.B.O. Winston: Before he could even think to apologize, Adams said "I know. I needed to write a book nobody would want a sequel to."


Hah! So my initial reaction -- that he was deliberately undermining and sabotaging everything in the Hitchhiker's universe -- was absolutely correct!
 
2014-08-05 05:21:02 PM  
I am entirely in favor of this.

I, too, am a practitioner of Zen navigation.
I have an ex-secretary.
I own a refrigerator that has not been opened in years.

I also watched the BBC4 series and enjoyed it very much.
spdk1.files.wordpress.com

"
Let us think the unthinkable, let us do the undoable, let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all."
 
2014-08-05 05:35:06 PM  
It cannot be a coincidence that no language on the planet earth as ever produced the phrase, "as pretty as an airport."
 
2014-08-05 05:35:45 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: Lex A. Preau: EvilEgg:

You will be disappointed, as it always has been and forever will be.


If you recognize that Douglas Adams had a unique gift, then you must also acknowledge that no one can replicate that style and sensibility.  We are doomed to be disappointed.

Mel Brooks could have done it


What about his kid? Because that's who's doing it.
 
2014-08-05 05:38:34 PM  

cretinbob: [www.reddwarf.co.uk image 270x184]


What the... ?

That picture is bad-touching my childhood memories of Red Dwarf.  What's it from?
 
2014-08-05 05:58:54 PM  

Comsamvimes: I re-read both in early June, one after the other, after watching the aforementioned TV series. I thought the first was smart, funny, and an enjoyable read. "Teatime" was...a mess. It wasn't as well constructed as the first book, and it felt like it was reaching for something it never quite achieved. Kind of a disappointment after the first book.


I've heard that he was getting divorced around "Teatime" and that the lawyer chick with the red bracelet was his ex.
 
2014-08-05 06:12:33 PM  

Shadowtag: Smeggy Smurf: Lex A. Preau: EvilEgg:

You will be disappointed, as it always has been and forever will be.


If you recognize that Douglas Adams had a unique gift, then you must also acknowledge that no one can replicate that style and sensibility.  We are doomed to be disappointed.

Mel Brooks could have done it

What about his kid? Because that's who's doing it.


After what he allowed WWZ to become he needs 10,000 cockpunches before he should be trusted again
 
Boe
2014-08-05 06:15:33 PM  

LonMead: I am entirely in favor of this.

I, too, am a practitioner of Zen navigation.
I have an ex-secretary.
I own a refrigerator that has not been opened in years.

I also watched the BBC4 series and enjoyed it very much.
[spdk1.files.wordpress.com image 600x333]

"Let us think the unthinkable, let us do the undoable, let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all."


I see I'm not needed here.

/but this took way too long
 
2014-08-05 06:18:19 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: Shadowtag: Smeggy Smurf: Lex A. Preau: EvilEgg:

You will be disappointed, as it always has been and forever will be.


If you recognize that Douglas Adams had a unique gift, then you must also acknowledge that no one can replicate that style and sensibility.  We are doomed to be disappointed.

Mel Brooks could have done it

What about his kid? Because that's who's doing it.

After what he allowed WWZ to become he needs 10,000 cockpunches before he should be trusted again


Wrong Max. This one is John Landis' kid. The guy responsible for "Chronicle" which is a really solid movie
 
mhd
2014-08-05 06:20:50 PM  

LonMead: I also watched the BBC4 series and enjoyed it very much.


Yes, but it suffered a bit from having a very low budget and thus not being able to tackle anything supernatural. But Mangan was pretty great in it. Definitely better than that Matt LeBlanc show of his.
 
2014-08-05 06:24:39 PM  

untaken_name: Is this the thread where I get to brag about my autographed copy of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency and that I got it signed in a CompUsa* with about 5 other people so we all got to talk to him for almost half an hour? Man, that was a great day.


*he was promoting a video game that he helped make, and apparently CompUsa sucks at co-ordinating events because it was at like 8am on a Saturday. Totally worth it.


Starship Titanic, I'm guessing?
 
2014-08-05 06:27:58 PM  

rjakobi: untaken_name: Is this the thread where I get to brag about my autographed copy of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency and that I got it signed in a CompUsa* with about 5 other people so we all got to talk to him for almost half an hour? Man, that was a great day.


*he was promoting a video game that he helped make, and apparently CompUsa sucks at co-ordinating events because it was at like 8am on a Saturday. Totally worth it.

Starship Titanic, I'm guessing?


Yep. I told him that I was sorry I wasn't buying it but it looked like it was bad and he said, "That's ok, I already got paid." (or something along those lines - this was a while back as I'm sure you already know).
He also signed a friend's Apple ][e in paint pen. He seemed like a scholar and a gentleman.
 
2014-08-05 07:44:04 PM  

Snapper Carr: Smeggy Smurf: Shadowtag: Smeggy Smurf: Lex A. Preau: EvilEgg:

You will be disappointed, as it always has been and forever will be.


If you recognize that Douglas Adams had a unique gift, then you must also acknowledge that no one can replicate that style and sensibility.  We are doomed to be disappointed.

Mel Brooks could have done it

What about his kid? Because that's who's doing it.

After what he allowed WWZ to become he needs 10,000 cockpunches before he should be trusted again

Wrong Max. This one is John Landis' kid. The guy responsible for "Chronicle" which is a really solid movie


That doesn't absolve Max from needing the cockpunching
 
2014-08-05 08:35:21 PM  

Rhypskallion: 'Long Dark Teatime' was so inanely boring I was rereading it, and about 85% through when I realized, "I've read this before."   It needed more punchlines ala 'Hitchhikers'.


Me too. I thought it quite British.
 
2014-08-05 08:45:53 PM  

cretinbob: [www.reddwarf.co.uk image 270x184]


That's just plain mean cretinbob. Cruel even.
 
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