The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

At long last, the funniest book ever written is coming to a theatre near you.

I can't believe they made a movie out of it!

Starring Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, and Marvin the Paranoid Android.

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Just D said…
Ya know, I didn't know you then so I didn't comment about this, but after scanning over old posts of yours, I came across this one.

I am a HUGE fan of this book, but the movie sucked. I mean REALLY REALLY sucked. I mean SERIOUSLY sucked.

No kidding. It sucked.
Sassan Sanei said…
I figured you were a fan when you used the word "mindboggling" on your blog last week. :)

When I was in junior high school I must have read this book at least a dozen times cover to cover. To the point where I would quote, verbatim, a relevant passage in any social situation.

This, surprisingly, did not make me very popular.

One of my favorite responses to anything was "This is obviously some strange usage of the word 'safe' that I wasn't previously aware of" except that I would insert some other word instead of "safe" depending on the situation.

In grade 9, my math teacher, Charles Ledger, would make us do mental arithmetic before letting us out of class. He would stand at the front of the class and rapidly read off calculations ("9 times 8 minus 20 divided by 4 plus 12 take the square root plus 2 times 6") which we had to do in our head. Nobody leaves until someone shouts out the right answer. So one time he stumped everybody and the class was silent, so I just blurted out, "42!" and by fluke I was right and he was so shocked that anybody got that one and then he didn't believe me when I said it was just a guess.

I have recited Vogon poetry to my son Ryan. Really. Figuring he doesn't know what I'm saying anyway, and he giggles at the sound of "frettled gruntbuggly."

Before I met my wife, I told some friends that I would promise my hand in marriage to the first woman to use the word "bypass" in an everyday sentence. I said this not entirely not unjokingly.

I have attempted to popularize the use of the adjective "hoopy"; sadly, to no avail.

And to this day not a week goes by at work where I don't say "OK, so ten out of ten for style, but minus several million for good thinking, yeah?" Mysteriously, this does not endear me to my colleagues.

All of this from one book. So I ask you, how can any movie that isn't Pulp Fiction compete with all that?

(I guess you had to see it on the big screen. The effects were okay.)
Just D said…
I did see it on the big screen. I was slightly impressed with the guy who played Slartybartfast, and the dolphin song was stuck in my head for weeks (so long and thanks for all the fish), but Trillian's eyes always looked like they were trying to pop out of her skull, I had a hard time seeing anything else in the movie besides her gigantic blue eyes.

I really had a hard time understanding why Douglas Adams' family approved of the script. Maybe it was meant as his final joke on the world.
Just D said…
Oh, and btw, I have now gotten my son addicted to the book. I have a recording of the original story, read by Douglas Adams, that I played on my MP3 player in the car whenever we went somewhere. He got so caught up in the story that he had to read the book.

Oddly, it doesn't come across the same in the book. No English accents. ;-)
Sassan Sanei said…
Fowad, yo tuhning into a penguin, stwap it!
Just D said…
That was really bad (she squawked in avian fury).

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