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2020-09-20 8:47:41 PM  
37 votes:
radio plays, which were shockingly still a thing in the '70s.

21-year-old American-like typing detected
 
2020-09-20 9:27:06 PM  
28 votes:

mjjt: What? After going a few rounds with Zaphod, Fenchurch would settle for a milquetoast like Arthur Dent?


Being with Zaphod for more than about 10 minutes would be exhausting. He is so needy. Even before Arthur meets him, you can tell Trillian is tiring of his schtick. I would have a drink with Zaphod, but that would be the limit.

/Pangalactic Gargleblaster, obviously
 
2020-09-20 11:47:26 PM  
27 votes:

HugeMistake: mjjt: What? After going a few rounds with Zaphod, Fenchurch would settle for a milquetoast like Arthur Dent?

Being with Zaphod for more than about 10 minutes would be exhausting. He is so needy. Even before Arthur meets him, you can tell Trillian is tiring of his schtick. I would have a drink with Zaphod, but that would be the limit.

/Pangalactic Gargleblaster, obviously


I feel that this passage was scarily prescient in retrospect:

"The President in particular is very much a figurehead - he wields no real power whatsoever. He is apparently chosen by the government, but the qualities he is required to display are not those of leadership but those of finely judged outrage. For this reason the President is always a controversial choice, always an infuriating but fascinating character. His job is not to wield power but to draw attention away from it. On those criteria Zaphod Beeblebrox is one of the most successful Presidents the Galaxy has ever had - he has already spent two of his ten presidential years in prison for fraud."
 
2020-09-20 8:01:03 PM  
24 votes:
When HHGG first aired, I thought that Adams had a grand plan for the story in which Arthur eventually travels back in time and becomes instrumental in the founding of the Guide, which of course eventually saves him.

Later I learned that Douglas Adams was pretty much making things up as he went along, and had no idea how long the BBC was going to let him get away with it.
 
2020-09-20 9:43:07 PM  
20 votes:
The movie wasn't the worst thing ever made (Zooey Dachenn...whatever) is always adorable but it's too bad that it didn't do well enough for the rest of the books to be made. It should get a Netflix series. With Zooy Deachaeane....whatever and that guy who's always cool, whatever he's in.
 
2020-09-20 11:51:32 PM  
19 votes:

Mad_Radhu: HugeMistake: mjjt: What? After going a few rounds with Zaphod, Fenchurch would settle for a milquetoast like Arthur Dent?

Being with Zaphod for more than about 10 minutes would be exhausting. He is so needy. Even before Arthur meets him, you can tell Trillian is tiring of his schtick. I would have a drink with Zaphod, but that would be the limit.

/Pangalactic Gargleblaster, obviously

I feel that this passage was scarily prescient in retrospect:

"The President in particular is very much a figurehead - he wields no real power whatsoever. He is apparently chosen by the government, but the qualities he is required to display are not those of leadership but those of finely judged outrage. For this reason the President is always a controversial choice, always an infuriating but fascinating character. His job is not to wield power but to draw attention away from it. On those criteria Zaphod Beeblebrox is one of the most successful Presidents the Galaxy has ever had - he has already spent two of his ten presidential years in prison for fraud."


Prescient? No. That was an astute contemporaneous observation. It just happens to not have changed since then.
 
2020-09-21 12:23:33 AM  
18 votes:

Mad_Radhu: HugeMistake: mjjt: What? After going a few rounds with Zaphod, Fenchurch would settle for a milquetoast like Arthur Dent?

Being with Zaphod for more than about 10 minutes would be exhausting. He is so needy. Even before Arthur meets him, you can tell Trillian is tiring of his schtick. I would have a drink with Zaphod, but that would be the limit.

/Pangalactic Gargleblaster, obviously

I feel that this passage was scarily prescient in retrospect:

"The President in particular is very much a figurehead - he wields no real power whatsoever. He is apparently chosen by the government, but the qualities he is required to display are not those of leadership but those of finely judged outrage. For this reason the President is always a controversial choice, always an infuriating but fascinating character. His job is not to wield power but to draw attention away from it. On those criteria Zaphod Beeblebrox is one of the most successful Presidents the Galaxy has ever had - he has already spent two of his ten presidential years in prison for fraud."


You think that's prescient? I've been reading through the series again and towards the beginning of So Long and Thanks For All the Fish, there's this line, written in 1984:

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2020-09-21 2:51:45 AM  
13 votes:

Uncle Eazy: Mystery Men.


You, me.  Pistols, dawn.
 
2020-09-20 11:37:09 PM  
13 votes:

Snapper Carr: HugeMistake: Later I learned that Douglas Adams was pretty much making things up as he went along, and had no idea how long the BBC was going to let him get away with it.

When they were recording the radio series, the actors would be recording their lines for a scene while DNA was in the room next door frantically coming up with script for the next scene.

The whole thing was shambolic which is a given for Adams constant procrastination but somehow it all came together.


There's a preface to one of the books where he explains being asked to write a foreword to a book or something along those lines. He's told it won't take a minute. And agrees. And lists all the ways and time that it will take him to do.

I wonder is it weird to be a great writer who hates writing
 
2020-09-20 11:22:11 PM  
13 votes:
"We apologize for the inconvenience" seems appropriate to me.
 
2020-09-21 7:25:33 AM  
11 votes:
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2020-09-20 11:34:32 PM  
11 votes:

HugeMistake: Later I learned that Douglas Adams was pretty much making things up as he went along, and had no idea how long the BBC was going to let him get away with it.


When they were recording the radio series, the actors would be recording their lines for a scene while DNA was in the room next door frantically coming up with script for the next scene.

The whole thing was shambolic which is a given for Adams constant procrastination but somehow it all came together.
 
2020-09-20 6:27:28 PM  
11 votes:

optikeye: Douglas Adams Lives?


He was just spending a few years dead for tax reasons.
 
2020-09-21 1:02:17 AM  
8 votes:

Uncle Eazy: Books were good. I've never heard the radio play but I'd love to.

The movie made a few years back ranks right up there as one of the worst movies ever made. And that list includes Godzilla from the late 90s and Mystery Men.


Well now you've gone and opened a Pantera's Box.
 
2020-09-20 11:29:44 PM  
8 votes:
I always felt that Gaiman and/or Pratchett should have finished the series after DNA died.  It would have nice way to continue their Good Omens collaboration when the latter petered out after the first book due to lack of coherent ideas.
 
2020-09-21 12:11:40 AM  
7 votes:

morg: Well this is emmarrassing. I guess I forgot there was a fifth book. Never read it.


Don't.  Easily on of those most depressing books I have ever read.
 
2020-09-20 11:41:41 PM  
7 votes:
I don't know, I think Marvin's death was very fitting for the poor android.
 
2020-09-20 11:51:41 PM  
6 votes:
The easiest answer is that it always was a Trilogy and ended with Trillian saving the universe from Hactar, and then Arthur failing to accidentally destroy it because of course he would. So Long and Thanks for All the Fish is Douglas Adams writing self-insert fan fiction and way too awkward to read (even if it has some good bits) and fark Mostly Harmless.
 
2020-09-20 9:27:44 PM  
6 votes:

HugeMistake: mjjt: What? After going a few rounds with Zaphod, Fenchurch would settle for a milquetoast like Arthur Dent?

Being with Zaphod for more than about 10 minutes would be exhausting. He is so needy. Even before Arthur meets him, you can tell Trillian is tiring of his schtick. I would have a drink with Zaphod, but that would be the limit.

/Pangalactic Gargleblaster, obviously


So. Just the one drink then

/worse ways to go I guess
 
2020-09-20 6:05:55 PM  
6 votes:
Are they ignoring the hexagonal phase?
 
2020-09-21 5:09:43 AM  
5 votes:

Uncle Eazy: Books were good. I've never heard the radio play but I'd love to.

The movie made a few years back ranks right up there as one of the worst movies ever made. And that list includes Godzilla from the late 90s and Mystery Men.


Is it that Mystery Men was truly bad or was it in fact a sparkling gem, unnoticed among the paste jewelry except by those with the insight to recognize its true value?

Truly it was a movie that posed many questions.
 
2020-09-21 3:17:13 AM  
5 votes:
I thought Cracked was OOB after being sold to that Cheeseburger content thief a while back. They basically cut all contributor pay rates to nothing and started to steal memes for their merchandise. This link didn't exactly make a case for them.
 
2020-09-21 1:11:46 AM  
5 votes:
A perfectly normal beast sandwich and a pan galactic gargleblaster would be good about now.
 
2020-09-21 12:24:42 AM  
5 votes:
I was hoping this new ending would make me cry as much as the Cracked author did, but it seemed kinda sentimental, like a tweet about how a dead musician is now at the best rock festival in Heaven.
 
2020-09-20 11:37:15 PM  
5 votes:

Gubbo: I didn't like the Artemis Fowl book. But I have no problem with the ending being that the Earth is destroyed.



It's a nice bit of narrative symmetry since that's where the story starts.
 
2020-09-21 1:27:29 AM  
4 votes:
I did like scene in the movie where Marvin the paranoid android was in the queue twice. That was a nice touch.
 
2020-09-20 9:27:00 PM  
4 votes:
I didn't like the Artemis Fowl book. But I have no problem with the ending being that the Earth is destroyed.

But I like ticking items off my to do list
 
2020-09-21 3:20:12 PM  
3 votes:

billstewart: KingBiefWhistle: The easiest answer is that it always was a Trilogy and ended with Trillian saving the universe from Hactar, and then Arthur failing to accidentally destroy it because of course he would. So Long and Thanks for All the Fish is Douglas Adams writing self-insert fan fiction and way too awkward to read (even if it has some good bits) and fark Mostly Harmless.

I interpreted Mostly Harmless as Adams saying "No I don't want to write another book just because you publishers want to make more money. No! Really! I'm not writing this!"


He pretty much admitted he was lashing out and burning everything down during a particularly bad moment of no longer wanting to be known as the Hitchhiker's Guide guy. I think he said it was a talk with Pink Floyd that got him to realize that he farked up and needed to undo or at least handwave MH.
 
2020-09-21 10:18:24 AM  
3 votes:

Xaxor: I don't know, I think Marvin's death was very fitting for the poor android.


Yeah, his death at the end of Book 4 felt very much like a welcome relief for the poor android. Also hard to say that something now several times older than the universe itself is still under warranty.
 
2020-09-21 9:14:10 AM  
3 votes:

Mugato: The movie wasn't the worst thing ever made (Zooey Dachenn...whatever) is always adorable but it's too bad that it didn't do well enough for the rest of the books to be made. It should get a Netflix series. With Zooy Deachaeane....whatever and that guy who's always cool, whatever he's in.


Zooey looks more like Trillian than the woman that played her in the TV series, but they messed up her personality. She's supposed to be a genius, not someone who's impressed by a knife that also toasts.
 
2020-09-21 9:10:46 AM  
3 votes:

mjjt: What? After going a few rounds with Zaphod, Fenchurch would settle for a milquetoast like Arthur Dent?


Zaphod seems fun and cool at first, but he'll get on your nerves after a while. Trillian eventually dumped him.
 
2020-09-21 4:43:51 AM  
3 votes:

Mugato: The movie wasn't the worst thing ever made (Zooey Dachenn...whatever) is always adorable but it's too bad that it didn't do well enough for the rest of the books to be made. It should get a Netflix series. With Zooy Deachaeane....whatever and that guy who's always cool, whatever he's in.


It's got some good performances, but the forced romance between Arthur and Trillian kills it for me.

You don't need a guide for a galaxy where you fall out the front door in your dressing gown one day and end up with your dick in Zooey Deschanel.
 
2020-09-21 1:21:27 AM  
3 votes:
Mostly Harmless: God, what a depressing ending

And another thing: Yeah! Finally, a better end to the series!.... which has a depressing ending.
 
2020-09-21 5:04:16 PM  
2 votes:
People are crazy. The movie was pretty good. Yes, they found a odd way to shoehorn Malkovich in it, but it's as on theme as the book was. I've never gotten the hate from the 'purists' who can't decided if the radio show or the books was the definitive source, which I find laughable for obvious reasons.
 
2020-09-21 4:29:40 PM  
2 votes:

The Companion: You'd turn it off when I was halfway across: Mugato: The movie wasn't the worst thing ever made (Zooey Dachenn...whatever) is always adorable but it's too bad that it didn't do well enough for the rest of the books to be made. It should get a Netflix series. With Zooy Deachaeane....whatever and that guy who's always cool, whatever he's in.

It's got some good performances, but the forced romance between Arthur and Trillian kills it for me.

You don't need a guide for a galaxy where you fall out the front door in your dressing gown one day and end up with your dick in Zooey Deschanel.

Arthur and Trillian together was a terrible call. If we need romance, it should be with Ford "I ran to grab one thing before the planet blew up and it was Arthur" Prefect.

I love HHGTTG and reread it frequently. I always assumed DNA exploded everyone so he could do something else. But, I mean, he discarded canon frequently. I never took the finality of Mostly Harmless too badly. Or the canon divergence from one medium to the other. I am excited to see what Hulu does with the show.


But who or what would it take to get Ford to settle down and take seriously?  He's got all of Zaphod's awfulness when it comes to commitment and responsibility but with just enough self awareness to be able to admit it.
 
2020-09-21 12:30:00 PM  
2 votes:

Mugato: FarkingChas: Mugato: The movie wasn't the worst thing ever made (Zooey Dachenn...whatever) is always adorable but it's too bad that it didn't do well enough for the rest of the books to be made. It should get a Netflix series. With Zooy Deachaeane....whatever and that guy who's always cool, whatever he's in.

You don't know about the BBC series?

Yeah, it's unwatchable.

That's the problem with converting the books into movie/TV form, there's too much internal dialog, asides and narration. But it's possible.


The TV series was based on the radio series and it was scripted before the books were written. And reportedly one of the better gags, that Arthur is stuck incongruously wearing his pajamas and robe throughout all of his travels, was something the show producer insisted on. Adams wanted him to switch to a more futuristic outfit once he boarded the Heart of Gold.
 
2020-09-21 10:14:39 AM  
2 votes:

Mugato: FarkingChas: Mugato: The movie wasn't the worst thing ever made (Zooey Dachenn...whatever) is always adorable but it's too bad that it didn't do well enough for the rest of the books to be made. It should get a Netflix series. With Zooy Deachaeane....whatever and that guy who's always cool, whatever he's in.

You don't know about the BBC series?

Yeah, it's unwatchable.

That's the problem with converting the books into movie/TV form, there's too much internal dialog, asides and narration. But it's possible.


There was a much older Cracked article (wanna say by David Wong), about how hard it was to adapt HHG2TG jokes like the following into film:

"He waited a while and nothing happened. He waited a little longer and nothing happened again."
 
2020-09-21 9:25:57 AM  
2 votes:

HugeMistake: mjjt: What? After going a few rounds with Zaphod, Fenchurch would settle for a milquetoast like Arthur Dent?

Being with Zaphod for more than about 10 minutes would be exhausting. He is so needy. Even before Arthur meets him, you can tell Trillian is tiring of his schtick. I would have a drink with Zaphod, but that would be the limit.

/Pangalactic Gargleblaster, obviously


It appears he was elected president of the US. There are way too many overlaps, including Adams' assessment of representative democracy that are way too apt.
 
2020-09-21 7:31:31 AM  
2 votes:
Damn you for not putting a Jurassic Bark warning in ....

Shots of Seymour stop me cold for several minutes each time.
 
2020-09-21 12:27:36 AM  
2 votes:
Books were good. I've never heard the radio play but I'd love to.

The movie made a few years back ranks right up there as one of the worst movies ever made. And that list includes Godzilla from the late 90s and Mystery Men.
 
2020-09-20 11:55:11 PM  
2 votes:
Well this is emmarrassing. I guess I forgot there was a fifth book. Never read it.
 
2020-09-20 11:28:45 PM  
2 votes:

Mugato: The movie wasn't the worst thing ever made (Zooey Dachenn...whatever) is always adorable but it's too bad that it didn't do well enough for the rest of the books to be made. It should get a Netflix series. With Zooy Deachaeane....whatever and that guy who's always cool, whatever he's in.


You don't know about the BBC series?
 
2020-09-20 10:45:07 PM  
2 votes:

NuclearPenguins: optikeye: Douglas Adams Lives?

He was just spending a few years dead for tax reasons.


i can neither confirm nor deny
 
2020-09-20 6:17:20 PM  
2 votes:
Douglas Adams Lives?
 
2020-09-21 6:03:56 PM  
1 vote:
To sum up my thoughts on the books:

First three: Amazing original trilogy

4th book: 95% skull-crushingly boring romance novel that can be summed up as "Arthur gets a girlfriend and teaches her how to fly." A decent ending takes up most of the remainder. I should have skipped to the last chapter at that warning at the beginning that said some of you may want to do that.

5th book: Confusing, even more bitter than usual, and ends with a giant "fark you" of sorts to the reader. But at least something happens.

6th book, written by someone else using DNA's notes as a starting point: Dunno, I never read it. Reviews are as mixed as other popular book series that a new author wrote a sequel to.
 
2020-09-21 5:22:57 PM  
1 vote:
I vastly prefer the Making Of DVD to the film.
 
2020-09-21 4:01:49 PM  
1 vote:

The Companion: You'd turn it off when I was halfway across: Mugato: The movie wasn't the worst thing ever made (Zooey Dachenn...whatever) is always adorable but it's too bad that it didn't do well enough for the rest of the books to be made. It should get a Netflix series. With Zooy Deachaeane....whatever and that guy who's always cool, whatever he's in.

It's got some good performances, but the forced romance between Arthur and Trillian kills it for me.

You don't need a guide for a galaxy where you fall out the front door in your dressing gown one day and end up with your dick in Zooey Deschanel.

Arthur and Trillian together was a terrible call. If we need romance, it should be with Ford "I ran to grab one thing before the planet blew up and it was Arthur" Prefect.

I love HHGTTG and reread it frequently. I always assumed DNA exploded everyone so he could do something else. But, I mean, he discarded canon frequently. I never took the finality of Mostly Harmless too badly. Or the canon divergence from one medium to the other. I am excited to see what Hulu does with the show.


Just because you mentioned tv, I started humming the music from the old BBC version
 
2020-09-21 3:12:53 PM  
1 vote:

You'd turn it off when I was halfway across: Mugato: The movie wasn't the worst thing ever made (Zooey Dachenn...whatever) is always adorable but it's too bad that it didn't do well enough for the rest of the books to be made. It should get a Netflix series. With Zooy Deachaeane....whatever and that guy who's always cool, whatever he's in.

It's got some good performances, but the forced romance between Arthur and Trillian kills it for me.

You don't need a guide for a galaxy where you fall out the front door in your dressing gown one day and end up with your dick in Zooey Deschanel.


Arthur and Trillian together was a terrible call. If we need romance, it should be with Ford "I ran to grab one thing before the planet blew up and it was Arthur" Prefect.

I love HHGTTG and reread it frequently. I always assumed DNA exploded everyone so he could do something else. But, I mean, he discarded canon frequently. I never took the finality of Mostly Harmless too badly. Or the canon divergence from one medium to the other. I am excited to see what Hulu does with the show.
 
2020-09-21 2:50:07 PM  
1 vote:

KingBiefWhistle: The easiest answer is that it always was a Trilogy and ended with Trillian saving the universe from Hactar, and then Arthur failing to accidentally destroy it because of course he would. So Long and Thanks for All the Fish is Douglas Adams writing self-insert fan fiction and way too awkward to read (even if it has some good bits) and fark Mostly Harmless.


I interpreted Mostly Harmless as Adams saying "No I don't want to write another book just because you publishers want to make more money. No! Really! I'm not writing this!"
 
2020-09-21 1:13:08 PM  
1 vote:

SFSailor: Gubbo: I wonder is it weird to be a great writer who hates writing

I ~strongly~ suspect most, if not all, great writers hate writing.

It's hard work to make something excellent, regardless of what the "something" is.

As the wise and direct Doctor Thompson put it:  "One of the advantages of being dead, I guess, is that someone else can edit this."  Or, more bluntly:  "I've always considered writing the most hateful kind of work.  I suspect it's a bit like f**king... which is fun only for amateurs.  Old whores don't do much giggling."

Show me an author that enjoys writing, and I bet their work is forgettable pulp, at best.

I mean.... < gestures at every comment on Fark the internet >

Then again, as much as I liked the book, I also didn't hate the movie.  So my opinion is meritless.


I want to throw up Stephen King as an exception.

I'm sure there are probably others
 
2020-09-21 12:56:40 PM  
1 vote:
Here.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03v​3​79k

It does go on to "And Another Thing..." with lots of the original cast.
 
2020-09-21 11:33:20 AM  
1 vote:
Speedingfish:

Yet another Trumpass troll.
So long, and you can keep the fish.
 
2020-09-21 8:34:45 AM  
1 vote:

FarkingChas: Mugato: The movie wasn't the worst thing ever made (Zooey Dachenn...whatever) is always adorable but it's too bad that it didn't do well enough for the rest of the books to be made. It should get a Netflix series. With Zooy Deachaeane....whatever and that guy who's always cool, whatever he's in.

You don't know about the BBC series?


Yeah, it's unwatchable.

That's the problem with converting the books into movie/TV form, there's too much internal dialog, asides and narration. But it's possible.
 
2020-09-21 7:18:43 AM  
1 vote:

GrogSmash: morg: Well this is emmarrassing. I guess I forgot there was a fifth book. Never read it.

Don't.  Easily on of those most depressing books I have ever read.


..and for the longest time, I thought it was just me who found it incredibly depressing.  I thought in it a time and came around to thinking that maybe it was an appropriate development to the arc.

/it seems congruent with the arc of contemporary events
//perhaps even to the destruction of the earf
 
2020-09-21 6:52:35 AM  
1 vote:
Finally, a decent ending from a properly-connected original source. I like it.
 
2020-09-21 6:33:18 AM  
1 vote:

BolloxReader: Uncle Eazy: Books were good. I've never heard the radio play but I'd love to.

The movie made a few years back ranks right up there as one of the worst movies ever made. And that list includes Godzilla from the late 90s and Mystery Men.

Is it that Mystery Men was truly bad or was it in fact a sparkling gem, unnoticed among the paste jewelry except by those with the insight to recognize its true value?

Truly it was a movie that posed many questions.


For me Mystery Men felt like it had been written and then rewritten by two entirely separate writing teams, one of which wanted to make light and slightly downbeat comedy about people trying to escape their mundane, everyday lives; and the other of which wanted to make fart jokes.
 
2020-09-21 1:28:42 AM  
1 vote:

Joe USer: Are they ignoring the hexagonal phase?



Someone else commented on Mostly Harmless ending with narrative symmetry, but the ending to that one managed to have narrative symmetry while being funny and not being depressing.

I couldn't bring myself to read the sixth book, but I did read the last two pages.
 
2020-09-21 12:00:04 AM  
1 vote:
Ugh. My wife made me sit through that stupid movie. Terrible.
 
2020-09-20 11:31:49 PM  
1 vote:

Gubbo: HugeMistake: mjjt: What? After going a few rounds with Zaphod, Fenchurch would settle for a milquetoast like Arthur Dent?

Being with Zaphod for more than about 10 minutes would be exhausting. He is so needy. Even before Arthur meets him, you can tell Trillian is tiring of his schtick. I would have a drink with Zaphod, but that would be the limit.

/Pangalactic Gargleblaster, obviously

So. Just the one drink then

/worse ways to go I guess


Could settle for a Ouiskian Soda.
 
2020-09-20 9:14:37 PM  
1 vote:
What? After going a few rounds with Zaphod, Fenchurch would settle for a milquetoast like Arthur Dent?
 
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