Much ado about the title

The title Mostly Pointless is inspired by Mostly Harmless, a novel by Douglas Adams, the fifth and final book of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. It is described on the cover of the first editions as the Fifth book in the increasingly inaccurately named Hitchhikers trilogy.
The title comes from a joke early in the series, when Arthur Dent discovers that the entry for Earth in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy consists, in its entirety, of the single word “Harmless”. His friend Ford Prefect, a contributor to the Guide, assures him that the next edition will contain the article on Earth that Ford has spent the last few years researching – somewhat cut due to space restrictions, but still an improvement. The revised article, he eventually admits, will read “Mostly harmless.” The excerpt from the book is quoted below.
“What? Harmless? Is that all it’s got to say? Harmless! One word!”
Ford shrugged. “Well, there are a hundred billion stars in the Galaxy, and only a limited amount of space in the book’s microprocessors,” he said, “and no one knew much about the Earth of course.”
“Well for God’s sake I hope you managed to rectify that a bit.”
“Oh yes, well I managed to transmit a new entry off to the editor. He had to trim it a bit, but it’s still an improvement.”
“And what does it say now?” asked Arthur.
“Mostly harmless,” admitted Ford with a slightly embarrassed cough.
– from The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Mostly Pointless is plagiarised? Yes, you could safely say so. Remixed, may be. For the uninitiated, here’s a list of all the five books of the increasingly inaccurately named Hitchhikers trilogy.
> The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
> The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
> Life, the Universe and Everything
> So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
> Mostly Harmless (I haven’t read this yet)

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  1. mungojerrie says:

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  2. Prat says:

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