July Books 22) The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

22) The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, by Douglas Adams

Ah, much more fun. For me, the original radio series remains the one and only canonical version of the story, so it’s interesting to review how different bits of it were cut up and pasted together for the novelisation. One bit of good writing that is strikingly out of place is the introduction of Max Quordlepleen, the compère at Milliways: an unusual piece of character-sketching from Adams, which is original to the book, and then doesn’t really go anywhere. (But the Disaster Area section is also original, and delightful.) Interesting that here Zarniwoop is left alone with the ruler of the universe by Zaphod and Trillian, his offence being, as far as I can tell, that he was being a boring git – rather different from the radio version’s dramatic denouement of Arthur abandoning everyone else after he discovers who really was responsible for the destruction of the Earth.

Anyway. Reading the final sections I begin to inderstand why some people are drawn to Ford/Arthur slash, a concept I don’t think I could have imagined until I got to know . (For instance.)

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    Here’s what Tumblr is not so good for: it’s not great for actual conversations. They’re happening there anyway, and there’s a lot of good stuff going on, but it’s difficult to keep track of with the reblogging method.

    Tumblr is mediocre at: crediting sources. This isn’t actually Tumblr though, they make it really easy to include click-through links and incorporate proper credit, but people are lazy and won’t do it a lot of the time. Really though, people keep talking about how that’s a Tumblr problem, but I sure see it in every social media platform, so I think it’s just a people problem.

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