New 'Sex and the City' and 'Hitchhiker's Guide' books: Which sounds worse?

Adams_bushnell_lWhich of these two in-the-works books sounds worse, a Sex and the City prequel, focusing on Carrie’s teenage years, or a sixth Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy novel, to be written by a well-known children’s book author? Both sound pretty appalling to me.

At least Candace Bushnell herself is writing the SATC book (working title: The Carrie Diaries). Of course, the whole franchise has strayed so far from her original conception that it’s not like having Bushnell herself return to take another whack at it is going to make much difference. Back when Bushnell was writing SATC as a newspaper column, it was all about status, with Manhattan as a grid where power, money, talent, fame, sex appeal, and real estate intersected, a Monopoly board where, if you had one or more of those commodities, you could leverage it to acquire the others, and where, as a result, hookups were almost entirely mercenary and devoid of romance. In other words, it was Gossip Girl for adults. So maybe it’ll work fine as a teen coming-of-age story.

In contrast, Douglas Adams is not writing the next HHGG book (entitled And Another Thing…) because he is, inconveniently, dead. Instead, the job is going to Eoin Colfer, author of the Artemis Fowl books. I haven’t read them, but no matter how good they may be, they cannot transform Colfer into Adams, and the Hitchhiker series was all about Adams’ voice — that absurdist logic, wild imagination, wicked eye for sci-fi conventions worthy of parody, and cosmic indifference toward mankind, an utterly unimportant species on a backwater planet his books referred to merely as "mostly harmless." Colfer is already celebrated for his own unique voice; how easy will it be for him to suppress that and channel someone else’s?

Show of hands, PopWatchers: Are you more alarmed by the SATC prequel or the HHGG sequel? Or can you muster more optimism toward both than I can?


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  • dan

    Bushnell can do whatever she wants with her series. But this guy trying to be Douglas Adams should be shot and left to die in pain.

  • Roon

    As a long time Douglas Adams fan I’m appalled at the idea of anyone other than him handling HHGTG. Even the movie script he had a hand in before he passed away.

  • Kathleen

    Uh, HHG. Bad idea jeans. Lame. Legendarily lame. “Things That Make Me Die Inside” indeed.

  • Leo

    Having read a couple of the Artimis Fowl books (they read like novelizations of blockbuster movies for the Harry Potter crowd), the HHTTG will most likely be TERRIBLE.

  • Jimi

    HHGTTG = NO NO NO NO NO NO
    That’s all i have to say about that..
    talk about ruining a good thing

  • JMC

    This may be sacrilege in these circles, but I never really liked the HHGTG. Read them all for the sci-fi cred, but absurdism for absurdism’s sake isn’t funny. On the other hand, I’ll read anything by Colfer.

  • Cara

    Trying to be as non-reactionary to this as possible, as I do still love the “Hitchhiker’s Guide” series. Honestly, Eoin Colfer is NOT the worst choice–he’s a huge fan of Adams’ and his writing style is really not bad.
    You know who would be a better choice? Neil Gaiman. Especially in his last couple of books, his tone has really started to sound like Douglas Adams. I doubt he’d ever do it, though, he’s a little too busy and a little too respectful.

  • Snarf

    Yuck on both ideas. Cash grab for the publishers nothing more.

  • Anonymous

    The Artemis Fowl books are okay, but Colfer is not, and never will be, Douglas Adams.

  • Anonymous

    The Artemis Fowl books are okay, but Colfer is not, and never will be, Douglas Adams.

  • CAJUNSBLUES

    i think both are a bad idea but i am up for at least trying to read HHG.

  • Laura

    NO. I love Hitchhiker’s Guide for the voice and quirky humor, and personally, no one can match what Douglas Adams did. This just kills me.

  • Raven_Moon

    Douglas Adams was brilliant. No one should try to write another “Hitchhiker’s” book. It just seems wrong.

  • Jamie

    I’d say yes as far as the Hitchhiker’s book is concerned if Adams hadn’t already ruined the series by doing “Mostly Harmless.”

  • wg

    HHG. Just say no.

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