Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy

I was happy today to come upon a free ebook version of Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. Not so much that I'd really mind purchasing it, but I know I have at least two copies of it at my parents' house, neither of which I could find as I ransacked the house this past Saturday. I've now put it onto my Palm Pilot as an ebook by cutting and pasting the text into a MS Word file, which I can then read on my T|C via Documents To Go. I know, if I used iSilo, I could have easily converted it into a PDA-friendly ebook, but I don't have a copy of iSilo currently. One day I may, but it will first require a job for the fundage to purchase it (yes I know it's only about $20--if that, but I gotta spend my money wisely).

My desire to reread the book, of course, stems from the hype surrounding the soon-to-be-released movie. What can I say, I'm a sheep. That said, I'm probably going to wait for it to come to DVD before actually seeing it. Maybe I'd have shelled out money for it if the reviews hadn't made it sound so awful, but most everybody seems to think the movie's a dog (or maybe it's a paranoid android). The best review I've read so far comes from the BBC. Sadly, even they decide that, "A lot of effort has gone in to keeping the film as faithful to Adams' vision as possible. But somewhere in the production process the crew has lost sight of the fundamental aspect of the books - they were immensely funny."

Needless to say, as much as the dork in me wants to see the movie irrespective of how awful it is, the practical side of me says it's safe to wait for the DVD release. If any of my regular readers (all 2 of you) actually goes to see this movie, let me know what you think...

UPDATE: I went and saw the movie on 30 April 2005. It really wasn't bad. Sure, I think they may have missed some of the deeper parts of the book (that, admittedly, would be hard to put into a film, anyway), but overall, I was laughing through the entire film and will most likely purchase it when it comes to DVD. My biggest gripe with the movie was the overplayed love scenes and romance in general between Arthur and Trillian. Though, even with that, it was a pretty good flick. If you go see it at the theater, be sure to stay and watch through the credits. :)

12 comments:

iTripped said...

Thanks for the link to the eBook! I was also planning on re-reading the book before/after seeing the movie.

After my experience with Lord of the Rings however, I think it might be prudent to watch the movie FIRST, and then re-read the books, so the former doesn't pale compared to the latter.

Grace said...

Kristin - I put an iSilo version today.

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