A Literary Limerick – The Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams


Today’s music: Dire Straits

Again, not my fault. After this, where I wrote a limerick inspired by @captsingh on twitter, I guess whatever crazed bug that causes someone to want to write limericks bit me. Hard.
So here I am again, trashing another (beloved) novel, just because I can’t seem to stop myself.
But wait – it’s worse! Not only have I come up with a way to disgust and apall you all, but today you’re getting 2 – yes, 2 horrible limericks! All for the same book!
(yes, there are two, no, you don’t want to see the ones that didn’t make the cut!)

If you’ve never read The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, then please go out and do so.
Otherwise you won’t have any idea what I’m babbling about.

If your have read the novel, I hope you loved it. And you still won’t have any idea what I’m babbling about. Douglas Adams would approve.

Just know, dear readers, that I don’t hate you, despite what you might think of my inflicting this on you…

On the worst Thursday ever there was.
The Vogons blew up Earth, just because.
With Ford, Trillian and Zaphod, Arthur jumped in a spacepod.
Their adventures set the universe abuzz.

and

Arthur Dent didn’t know what to do
Mud on his robe, mud on his shoe
So he questioned friend Ford
Am I going out of my gourd?
But the answer was just forty-two

There are some countries in the world I could be shot for these. Fortunately, this isn’t one of them.

Feel free to do worse in the comments!

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21 responses to “A Literary Limerick – The Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams

  1. Haven’t read the book. Well crafted effort on your part though. I’ll have to come back when I’m literate. :)

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  2. I think I can hear Steven Wright saying that line in my head. Or Hedberg. :)

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  3. I really like what you are saying, and am glad I found your website. Please keep it up.

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  4. Excellent article as usual, thanks!

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  6. Really, truly these are ghastly. Not nearly as bad as Vogon poetry is rumored to be. THGTG is definitely one of the top five books ever, in my world.
    Speaking of which, you need to check out Hoopy Frood if you haven’t done so already. They lean a little towards thechno-y, but still good.

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    • Seriously, cowgirliz, if it was Vogon bad, someone would have died.
      I’m not saying my limericks don’t aspire to that. Just that they haven’t achieved it…
      In the name of all that’s holy, if you haven’t yet, don’t read the last two. Let it end with So Long And Thanks For All The Fish (which is how my girl refers to Star Trek 4).
      Not a huge techno fan, but I will check them out, on your recommendation.
      Thanks!

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      • Too late on the warning. I already own and have read “Mostly Harmless”. IIRC, it was an odd re-hashing of the earlier books with an alternate universe thing going on. Utterly confusing. Not even very funny.

        At least you aren’t aspiring to the dirty wicked NSFW Limericks…

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        • Yeah, alternate universe – the one without the funny.
          Eoin Colfer wrote And Another Thing… continuing the story.
          Seriously, stay away. Just a sad reminder of how great the first books are.

          As far as NSFW, the limericks are bad enough on their own to not need a shock factor!

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  7. I’m going to probably just buy this book…

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  8. You are cracking me up! I’ve been seeing 42 all over my FB page and now I know why. Thanks, Guap, you helped me out. Loved these. :) You should enter one into Trifecta, they are doing poems this weekend.

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  9. Douglas Adams is a great summer read. I’ve been enjoying his books all summer. Your limericks are so perfect! :D

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    • Glad you liked them, Linda. But I’ve read the Hitchikers Guide series several times and have to disagree – they’re great anytime!
      (Just stop after 4. 5 isn’t so good, and six is just bad.)

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