I don’t know what to say.
I mean, yes, I’ll be curious.
But at the same time, I just don’t know.
I mean, I really don’t know.
My first reaction was semi-outrage that anyone should be allowed to tamper with this incredible series. But on reflection I realised that this is a wonderful opportunity to work with characters I have loved since childhood and give them something of my own voice while holding on to the spirit of Douglas Adams.
I just don’t know.
I’ve written in other people’s universes. I read comics — which are often people writing in someone else’s universe. It just doesn’t seem… right… no, workable… that someone should be writing in a universe as unique and as perversely weird as Adams’. Yes, I know, there’s Terry Jones’ Starship Titanic, but that’s different — Adams was alive, and fuck, it was Terry Jones.
I admit, I am wholly unfamiliar with Colfer’s work. I’ve heard the name “Artemis Fowl,” but I know nothing more than that. I see that it’s a series of books about a teenaged criminal mastermind. That doesn’t really, erm, lend itself to Arthur Dent, does it?
I’m sorry, I’m still trying to process this.
Okay. Here’s the thing.
If Stephen Fry wrote it, I’d be fine with it. If Terry Jones wrote it, I’d be fine with it. It’s the personableness of Hitchhiker’s. It’s that, if the series must continue, I’d want someone who knew Douglas Adams, who was snarky like Douglas Adams, who was sarcastic and witty like Douglas Adams, and, above all else, who knew Douglas Adams.
Yes, I know I repeated that last one.
I have no doubts of Colfer’s ability to write. I have no doubts that the book will turn out interesting and good. But I have doubts as to whether or not it’s necessary.
It’s that Hitchhiker’s is, obviously, kinda personal. It is “a weird nerd religion,” as Zadie Smith once described Star Trek. If it must be done, I want to see it done right.
But must it be done?
Alas, that ship has sailed.
And Another Thing… is due out in October 2009.