Dirk Gently was created by Douglas Adams in the late 1980s. He featured in the novels Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (1987), The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul (1988), and the posthumously published and unfinished The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time (2001).
Dirk Gently was born ‘Svlad Cjelli’ but changed his name to ‘Dirk Gently’ as his own, as he stated, had a “Scottish dagger feel to it”.His detective agency is characteristic of Douglas Adams’ quirky writing in that it is utterly out of the ordinary. Dirk runs the “holistic detective agency” making use of “the fundamental interconnectedness of all things” to solve crime and find people.
Two television adaptations have arisen throughout the years with the most popular currently being shown on Netflix and starring Samuel Barnett and Elijah Wood. Douglas Adams’ original novels are particularly difficult to adapt for the screen, however screenwriter Max Landis has managed to take the original energy of the books and created an exciting and mind bending series!
Here are ten of our favourite quotes from the original books- fans of the Netflix series will be pleased to notice how true to character Landis has been in moulding his own Dirk for the small screen, based on these Douglas Adams original lines.
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