Guest Blogger - Chase, Grade 11
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting (Place): Space
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, written by Douglas Adams, is about the story of characters in an unlikely group after surviving the destruction of Earth and seek the answer to the most asked question in the universe through comedic adventures and events. I personally enjoyed this book overall. It never takes itself seriously and is actually pretty funny. For instance, one summary of an alien from the characters version of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy read “Here is what to do if you want to get a lift from a Vogon: forget it. They are one of the most unpleasant races in the Galaxy. Not actually evil, but bad-tempered, bureaucratic, officious and callous. They wouldn't even lift a finger to save their own grandmothers from the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal without orders – signed in triplicate, sent in, sent back, queried, lost, found, subjected to public inquiry, lost again, and finally buried in soft peat for three months and recycled as firelighters. The best way to get a drink out of a Vogon is to stick your finger down his throat, and the best way to irritate him is to feed his grandmother to the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal. On no account should you allow a Vogon to read poetry at you.”.
The main characters of the book are hilarious in their own ways. Marvin is a robot with depression, which he always makes a claim that everything is unpleasant and there is no point to life. Arthur Dent, a confused man on everything and Trillian are the last humans in existence after the destruction of Earth by the vogons and Trillian knows almost everything about the galaxy after exploring it with Zaphod Beeblebrox. Zaphod is a two headed alien and the president of the galaxy, who ran away from presidency and stole a ship called the Heart of Gold, because he was simply bored. Zaphod was also the one who ordered the Vogons to destroy Earth for a “hyperspace bypass”, but it was so Trillian wouldn’t go back to Earth.
In this book, there are qualities that make some of plot funny. The writer of this book wanted the reader to enjoy the comedic plot of the story. Countless writers have tried to write comedic sci-fi, like Martians, Go home, John Dies in The End, or Emperor Mollusk Versus The Sinister Mind, but these books don’t have the same comedic feel as The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
I would strongly recommend this book to anyone that doesn’t mind sci-fi and has good appreciation for humor.
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