Fun Facts About The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Facts about Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is considered a weird epic. It has taken the form of many media adaptations from radio, TV series, video games, stage plays and books.

Facts about The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

1 The radio series was praised for its great sound effects which were not heard of during its time. The thing is that Adams was very passionate about providing a great sound production value for the show.

2 Adams was not fond of the two books in the trilogy – So Long and Thanks For All the Fish (1984) and Mostly Harmless (1992). He revealed that he really should not have written them and he wished that he quitted earlier.

3 Since Douglas Adams is really not good with deadlines, his publisher locked him inside a hotel suite for about three weeks with the company of his editor just to make sure he would finish the fourth book “So Long and Thanks For All the Fish.”

4 Arthur Dent, the Earthling protagonist in the story, was almost named Aleric B. Dent. Adams then changed the protagonist’s name when he was in a taxi ride to a BBC meeting to discuss the radio show.

5 Adam was very notorious when it came to busting deadlines. When he was writing some chapters of the book, the publisher sent a bicycle courier to pick up the manuscript and be delivered to the publisher pronto.

6 The initial response from BBC was not positive when the company was offered with the opportunity to turn the radio show into a book. According to them, radio shows turned into books really did not sell. However, Webb eventually won the book rights.

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7 The town of Innsbruck, where Adams got the brilliant idea for the series, celebrates a Towel Day every 25th of May. The towel is the most important arsenal for intergalactic travel. The town .

8 The towels were also inspired by real-life events. When Adams was on vacation with friends in Greece, he would always look for his towel before they began their day thus his friends joked that the towel must have been important for his travel.

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9 Before the novels, there were radio shows played by BBC in 1978. Adams wrote the six-part radio series. When editor Nick Webb heard the radio series, he sought Adam to write the novel.

10 The idea of the series came to Douglas Adams when he was drunk in Innsbruck in Austria in 1971. At the time, he was young and poor, and hitchhiking from London to Istanbul with a stolen copy of the book Hitch-hiker’s Guide to Europe written by Ken Welsh.

11 While the series started great as a radio show, the books met a grim ending which disappointed most of the series’ fans. Adams explained that the reason for this is that he was having a very lousy year when he wrote the ending thus it affected the final output.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Thug Notes Summary & Analysis

If you want a quick – and fun – overview of the book, including a discussion of the important quotes, themes and symbology in the book, this video is a must-watch!

And did I already say it’s HILARIOUSLY funny!

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