Sunday, February 20, 2005

Mostly Harmless

Well, if you were alive, breathing and of the geekish inclination last week, you were probably aware that the trailer for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was up on Amazon.com's homepage. If you missed it, you can see it over on the movie's official site. A lot of people seem to be getting worked up over the perceived differences between the movie and the story they all know and love. Personally, I don't see the big deal. The story of the Guide has gone through several iterations over the past few decades, and each version was a little different than the one before it. The books changed elements from the original radio series, the TV show differed from the books, the computer game goes off in an entirely different direction altogether, and the comics... well, bad example there, as the comics are literal adaptations of the books (a little too literal, if you ask me). So to my eyes, this is just another version. The location of Zaphod's second head doesn't bother me, I don't care that Arthur refers to Trillian as "Tricia" (which I think he would, anyway, since that's who he initially knew her as), and I wouldn't be at all surprised that the Macintosh-influenced design of the Heart of Gold was something that Douglas Adams himself (an avowed Mac worshipper) wrote into the script before he died.

I'm just excited that the movie now comes out the day before my birthday. I must've been a good boy this year.
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