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Of all the characters in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Ford Prefect is the one whose character shifts I notice the most between adaptations (which is, I suppose, reasonable since he’s my favorite character).

My own impressions and thoughts on Ford are very much shaped by the fact that the first book in the HHGTTG Trilogy that I read was Life, The Universe and Everything. The above fanvid by taylaca for the TV seriesĀ  doesn’t come at all close to book Ford but it does perfectly reflect David Dixon’s Ford. And I must admit that I really quite like Mos Def’s Ford as well.

What was it that Douglas said about points escaping the author’s mind?

Personal Douglas Adams timeline:

  • Age 13: read The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul
  • Ages 15-16: read (and re-read) Life, The Universe and Everything, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, So Long and Thanks for all the Fish, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, Mostly Harmless, and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (read all of out order as I could aquire them).
  • Age 18: Watched the TV series/mini-series
  • Age 21: Radio series
  • Age 23: Broke down and read The Salmon of Doubt (after a year of refusing to do so)
  • Age 26: Movie
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