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Discussion in 'Douglas Adams' started by Doctor Omega, Mar 27, 2017.
Don't panic, just discuss the life and works of Douglas Adams.....
What's unpleasant about being drunk?
Ask a gin and tonic.
Max Landis - son of John Landis - thinks that Douglas Adams' works cannot be adapted....
This is the same Max Landis who wants to do a remake of his dad's AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON.
I can see what he is trying to say, but by their very natures books and other mediums will be a different experience,no matter what is being adapted.
I think that, as long as the spirit of the work is captured, that's about the best that any adaption of anything can hope for?
Doctor Who and the Krikkitmen
During the Fourth Doctor era, future Doctor Who script editor Douglas Adams submitted this story in 1976 before later preparing it as a submission for a Doctor Who film, Doctor Who and the Krikkitmen.
Elements of Krikkitmen were used in the Key to Time story arc, for which Adams wrote a story, and Krikkitmen was reworked as the third Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy book Life, the Universe and Everything.
A novel adaption by James Goss was released by BBC Books in January 2018.
One thing I notice about these adaptions - and continuations - of Adams' work is that, no matter how hard they try, they can never recapture his voice and always sound, to me, with their glib attempts at humour, to be inferior talents trying to imitate a master.
AN ENGLISHMAN'S CONTINUING SEARCH THROUGH SPACE AND TIME FOR A DECENT CUP OF TEA...
Arthur Dent's accidental association with that wholly remarkable book The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has not been entirely without incident.
Arthur has traveled the length, breadth, and depth of known, and unknown, space. He has stumbled forward and backward through time. He has been blown up, reassembled, cruelly imprisoned, horribly released, and colorfully insulted more than is strictly necessary. And of course Arthur Dent has comprehensively failed to grasp the meaning of life, the universe, and everything.
Arthur has finally made it home to Earth, but that does not mean he has escaped his fate.
Arthur's chances of getting his hands on a decent cuppa have evaporated rapidly, along with all the world's oceans. For no sooner has he touched down on the planet Earth than he finds out that it is about to be blown up...again.
And Another Thing...is the rather unexpected, but very welcome, sixth installment of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. It features a pantheon of unemployed gods, everyone's favorite renegade Galactic President, a lovestruck green alien, an irritating computer, and at least one very large slab of cheese
Was it really that welcome?
When should one call it a day?
Or should Douglas Adams' creations go on and have a literary life after him?
The radio series adapted from Eoin Colfer's book has recently started on BBC radio 4. I'll wait to the cd comes out. It's in six parts, and is subtitled " The Hexagonal Phase".
I wonder who'll be the voice of the book?
There is a reason why certain writers, directors, painters, musicians and other creative talents become famous and popular...
They are unique individuals with unique talents. When they die, their legacy should be left alone and intact for future generations to appreciate. Obviously, their talents and work will influence those who come after, but their legacy should be left untainted. To attempt to continue or expand upon it - without their direct input or permission - is an insult to their memory.