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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the book vs the movie

The Book
My new most favorite author is Douglas Adams – already got the other four books in this series* for Christmas. His sense of humor is very unique and unlike any other that I have read. His jokes are completely unpredictable , out of this world and they never disappoint. It’s not one of those books that start out funny and the author gets tired along the way leaving the rest of it filled with dry humor that barely make you smile.

It tackles the biggest philosophical questions in a way that keeps you entertained and yearning for more. I wouldn’t say it answers those questions or even attempts a ‘philosophically viable’ argument in that direction but it does encourage one to think outside the box. Like way outside the box.

It’s by far the funniest book I’ve ever read. I kept wondering how they pulled off the movie given the complex nature of his writing. The only way would be doing a seriously funny science fiction that is borderline goofy. The Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy is an easy read and a very short book that you can easily do in one sitting. Maybe two. If you are looking for a good laugh you should definitely give it a go.

Here is one of the funny bits that really cracked me up:  “He had an odd feeling of being like a man in the act of adultery who is surprised when the woman’s husband wanders into the room, changes his trousers, passes a few idle remarks about the weather and leaves again.” You don’t get that kind of humor anywhere else.Makes you wonder how he comes up with things like those. But it is a risky sense of humor as your audience might at times think too hard before they realize it’s a joke. Great work Douglas!

The Movie

This was rather disappointing. I would easily say it’s one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen. I watched it after reading the book and was thinking that doing a movie out of it was too ambitious given the nature of the book.

Truth is there’s no way they would have captured the story as it is in the book and portrayed it in a 2 hour movie. I feel bad for anyone who watched the movie without reading the book first because I can only imagine how confused they might have been; most of the jokes are funnier if you remember the context in the book. The movie leapfrogs through the story and misses out on a lot of flesh and other pivotal parts of the story

I love goofy movies like Scary Movie but this I didn’t like. Maybe it’s because of the very high standards set by the book.

 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the book vs the movie