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The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy

I’d heard countless references to Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy during my lifetime, and I knew it had something of a cult following, but I really didn’t know anything about it until I read it a few weeks ago.

Now having read it, the only thing I can really say is:

It stinks. I think it might be the most mind-numbingly stupid, plotless book I have ever read.

It did succeed in getting me to laugh a couple of times, but since it tried to get me to laugh dozens and dozens of times, this doesn’t seem like much of a success either.

I know it’s a popular book, but really, I don’t get its popularity at all. If you’re a Hitchhiker fan, I hope I haven’t offended you, but maybe you can explain to me why it shouldn’t be considered a strong contender for The Worst Book Ever Written?

6 Comments

  1. I liked the book, but then again, I am amused by stupidity. Watch the movie, it’s much better.

  2. Sarah,

    Ya, that’s the thing…usually I’m amused by stupidity as well. I guess I just kept expecting a plot to eventually develop, and when it didn’t I was disappointed. I should have known better.

    Maybe I’ll give the move a try.

  3. Oh buddy… I might be willing to fight you on this one more than the abortion thing. Haha. Just kidding.

    I don’t know why, but I love those books.

    Do you hate Monty Python, too?

  4. I think a number of people thought that HGttG was going to be a revolutionary novel, developing a new genre of literature: satirical, plotless, and a little nihilistic. However, I’m on your side, Luke; I need a plot, or at least need to know that none is coming. It’s kind of like going to see Cats thinking it will eventually go somewhere.

  5. David,

    Ha, I’m not sure I can handle two never-ending internet arguments at the same time. 🙂

    I think Monty Python is funny, but I don’t love it. I prefer it night and day over Hitchhiker though.

    At least it was a quick read—I wasn’t in misery for long.

  6. Alex,

    I’m right with you. If there was a warning on the title page that told me there’d be no plot, I think I could’ve been better prepared for what lay ahead.

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