Having seen and loved the movie, I decided to read Douglas Adams’s book. Usually when I do this—read a book after having seen the movie version—I find that the book was so much better. Though Adams’s book was just as funny and charming as the movie, the movie extended and added more structure to the book. It is most fitting that there is a quote on the back of the book from The Washington Post Book World that says, “Extremely funny…inspired lunacy…[and] over much too soon”—I would add emphasis to the “over much to soon” clause.
So the entire middle of the movie where they go to the planet of Zaphod’s religious nemesis Humma Kavula, Zaphod getting his second head stolen, then finding that nifty gun that shows the shootee what the shooter is feeling, Trillian getting kidnapped and saved, Marvin saving the day; none of this is in the book. Trillian is never out of the loop about the destruction of Earth. After Arthur and Ford are saved by The Heart of Gold, they immediately arrive at Magrathea.
Even though the movie was longer, I still very much enjoyed the book. Having just gone through finals week at GSU, the book allowed me some much needed entertainment. By the way, I just realized that this is post #42—it must be the secret to life!