User Help and Genre Discrepancy

Two things:

1. For all of you who are enjoying your cookies, please send me a message as to whether or not you are seeing your special messages at the top of the journals. I am trying to make a system where I can leave you all unique messages that you can then respond to. So step one is to have the messages show up for you. The only problem is, I have no way of testing this (except for the message I left for myself, but that is only one positive user test). So if you would all be so kind as to send a yea or nay, I would much appreciated.

2. As you may have noticed, I am reading Doug Adams’ “The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul.” I have been putting it off for some time as this is, sadly, the last Doug Adams book I’ll ever get to read for the first time. Anyway as I was reading this last night and fighting sleep (this is the part where you are reading the same paragraph repeatedly without ever taking anything in) I had a curious thought.

I started thinking about “The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” and wondered why, for the love of Jack Lord, is that book always in the science fiction section? True, the setting is outer space, but that does not, by default, make any story a science fiction story. If anything, “Hitchhiker’s Guide” is a character study about overcoming paradigms, much like “Barton Fink”…it just also happens to be brilliantly hilarious.

So then I thought, Barnes and Noble (a former employer) are certainly not going to make a “character study about overcoming paradigms, much like ‘Barton Fink'” section, but perhaps “Hitchikers’ Guide” would better fit in the “Comedy” section. And there it is. Book stores don’t have a Comedy section. There is a “Humor” section, but that is usually quite small and consists of Garfield comics and anecdotal drivel by sitcom comedians.

My question then (it can be argued that I have no point) is this: what happens when media travels between film to literature that causes Comedy and other categories to lose translation? Drama becomes Fiction, Adventure become Mystery, Horror becomes Fantasy…the only genre that does hold true is Science Fiction, the very same category that started this whole diatribe.

I apologize for wasting your time. I will try and keep my “limbo thoughts” to myself in the future.


  1. Miranda on 15 October 2003 at 3:22 am

    Seeing as I live with you, I know I could just ask you these when I see you, but I would probably forget by then, so here it is:
    *Moot point:Once again, I would like some cookies. They are so, “yummy in my tummy, ummy, ummy, give me more…” (That J-Lo is FANTASTIC!)
    *Pointless comment: I have consulted with students who read “THGTTG” and they wholeheartedly agree with you. So, if nothing else it gave them soemthing to think about books besides, “This is boring.” AND since I got to apply it to my class I don’t feel so guilty about looking at your site at school! Tee-Hee!

  2. shemaiah on 15 October 2003 at 4:27 am

    I can see my not-so-secret message. Sadly I haven’t any comment on Douglas Adams or Barton Fink as I am simple and not acquainted with either of them.

  3. El Chapulin Colorado on 15 October 2003 at 6:53 am

    No bueno.

  4. Taube on 15 October 2003 at 8:24 am

    Note to self: leave out Brandon-style code.

  5. Taube on 15 October 2003 at 8:35 am

    Note to the master of this supposed domain.

    Spell “else” correctly.

  6. Gina on 16 October 2003 at 9:41 am

    Nothin’ for me. Of course you don’t know me from Adam, so it may be that there really was nothing for me.

    I am not hurt by this. not at all. nope. Am anjoying my cookies anyway.


  7. Frou von Ferstenburg on 16 October 2003 at 2:42 am

    I don’t see any special message for me :o(. Either I don’t have cookies…which is quite possible becasue I’m working for The Man, or there are no special messages for me…I’ll be getting a faster connection at home next week. Then I can read from home where there are plenty of free cookies for everyone! I’ll you know my cookie situation then…Meeeeoooowww!

  8. Keri on 17 October 2003 at 8:36 am

    I see all these wonderful cookie things over here and they’re quite lovely… And yet… and yet… my site remains cookieless. Clamhead likes cookies too, you know.

  9. Lordleiter on 17 October 2003 at 8:44 am

    I am so glad we are all using the comment feature to discuss the topic introduced in the journal entry.

  10. Miranda on 18 October 2003 at 8:35 am


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