HITCHHIKERS GUIDE Continues Without Douglas Adams Comments - Mania.com


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TheSleeper 9/21/2008 11:48:38 AM
I have mixed feelings about this project. On the one hand, I would love to see another Hitchiker's book, because Mostly Harmless was such a downer and really in my mind doesn't match the feel of the other books at all. I think Adams himself came to acknowledge this eventually and explained that it was because he was in a dark mood at the time, and also I suspect it was a point where he was just sick of being asked to do anything more with the franchise. But like many other posters here, I have to wonder could ANYONE do it right? Think of all the other attempts to write a sequel to famous work, whether it's sequels to Gone With the Wind, The Godfather, the James Bond books or even Sherlock Holmes stories. None of them have EVER exactly captured the feel of the original works, even though you suspect somebody could, if they tried hard enough to capture the original writers' style and voice. But Douglas Adams is an entirely different thing altogether. It was his utterly bent perspective on the world along with his unique style of humor that made Hitchhiker's what it was. There was a casualness to his approach to humor too that I really haven't seen anyone else match - he never came across as working hard to make you laugh, but you'd bust a gut laughing anyway. I dunno. I'll probably wind up picking this thing up anyway, because I really do want more Hitchhiker's. But really, the chances for success would defy even the Infinite Improbability Drive's power.
LittleNell1824 9/21/2008 1:48:04 PM
Yes, Sleeper. Gone with the Wind is a perfect example. People who haven't read it dismiss it as a romance, but its really a tragedy. Margaret Mitchel's observations of people and the South are all over that book and what she sees makes you squirm. It's fascinating and under appreciated as a great novel (probably because the main character wears a skirt). So, yeah, the sequel was ridiculous. There is no happy ending. We all want tragedies to end differently, that's what makes tragedies so interesting, but they don't and that's what makes them so cathartic. Of course, the movie is an entity unto itself. They did a great job, but they had to make it more optimistic so that a broader audience would want to see it.
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