Movie vs. Books
Many of you have probably seen the 2005 film version of this book series, starring the likes of Zooey Deschanel, Sam Rockwell, Alan Rickman, Mos Def and Martin Freeman. You may have even recognized the soothing, dulcet tones of a Mr. Stephen Fry reading out sections of the Guide as the narrator. Though it may be controversial for some, I really did enjoy the film; how could you go wrong with an A-list cast like that?
Even more controversial: I saw the movie before I read the books.
However, to elaborate: I did not know that the film was an adaptation for a book series until much, much later. If I may go on a tangent, this is why I do not disparage those who read the book because they liked the film. Nor do I disparage publications for printing books with the movie posters or images from the movie on them. I know they do it to sell more copies, but I also acknowledge that it gets people to read the book. And that’s the main goal for any adamant bibliophile, right? To encourage a love of reading in themselves and others no matter what the initial motivations for reading are. (At least it is the goal for me…)
Now, once I found out that this movie was a book, I immediately went to my local bookstore and went on the hunt. The movie was so hilarious that I ugly-cry-laughed. And with the knowledge that I almost always love the books more than the film adaptation, I was readying myself for more ugly-cry-laughing. It is one of my favorite hobbies.
And. It. Did. Not. Disappoint.
(Grab your towels and read on.)
Don’t Panic. Just Read.
These books were so good that I stopped caring about how other people reacted to me as I publicly laughed out loud at random intervals, convulsed with giggles trying to contain my mirth and grinned with extreme pleasure at the logical nonsense that is Douglas Adams’s writing. He is now one of my all-time favorite authors in this genre.
The first book in the series (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy), for me, stands on its own when comparing/discussing the others. It is the gateway drug into a fascinating world of irreverent humor, extreme wit and wry intelligence that Mr. Adams has created.
With that said, I’d have to say that, though I enjoyed each and every book in the series, my favorite of them all has to be The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. It has all of the principle players –—Zaphod, Ford, Trillian and Arthur— traversing across the universe and getting into all sorts of hilarious adventures full of wonderful confusions and endless contradictions. This particular book made me ugly-cry-laugh the most.
I’ve not had the chance to read The Salmon of Doubt, as I was not aware that it was part of the trilogy. However, I will be searching for this one very, very soon. With everything going on these days, it’s a true pleasure to lose myself in a wonderful, humorous world full of witty nonsense!
If you couldn’t tell, I love these books. And I will gladly (and persistently) urge you to read them as soon as you can…until either (1) you succumb to me or (2) I die (and cannot haunt you in the afterlife).
2020: 52(ish) Book Challenge
This particular book review is the result of my participation with Reddit’s 52 Book Challenge for 2020. The explanation is in the title: read 52 books (or more if you fancy) in one calendar year.
It’s a fun subreddit to be a part of that engages and connects avid readers!
Happy reading, everyone!