When I was in my teens I loved Douglas Adams' books. In my 20s I found a copy of The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul, which we didn't have at home, while I was in the US. The section on memory space and penguins turned up in a dream a few years ago; each box was filled the penguins from a British Gas advert. I wasn't sure whether I was impressed or felt short-changed my penguins were on the budget side of things, but both the book and the dream explained a lot of things I think (in both senses).
Samuel Taylor Coleridge's weirdness makes him one of my favourite poets. Was it precipitated by reading Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency as a young teen? Or did its obscure reference in Marathon help? (And how closely related, on that note, is the W'rkncacnter to the Flood?)
I only started watching the Netflix series of Dirk Gently because a friend recommended it. I'd watched the BBC version, but they tried to update and retell the second book without any of Adams' wit, and it was just an embarrassing, tedious experience. I had no great expectations for the Netflix series, which is why I didn't watch it, but there's nothing on TV on a Saturday night.
And suddenly we've just finished episode 3.
I think Douglas Adams would be proud. It's weird enough, it doesn't retread things it doesn't need to and it's actually funny. I'm enjoying it so far, which is more than I can say for one episode of the BBC's attempt. (But the BBC haven't understood humour for a while now. It's Channel 4 doing the heavy lifting these days.)
Although... If you want weird and unexpectedly emotional, there's Starship Titanic on the PC. I'd wanted it on the PC waaaaay back with our first computer, which has to be 15 years ago? Never got it, but I eventually got it on GOG a couple of years ago. I finished it either late last year or early this year and, you know... it's probably much less an emotional experience when the author is still alive.
It turns out videos that are, relatively speaking, from beyond the grave are quite offputting. Quite emotional.
I'm sure he'd be proud of that too, in some way.
Asexual, aromantic, and transmasc non-binary. No, I have no idea how I ended up writing romance either.