Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – Better Than the Book?

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a novel in possession of a good plot, must be in want of a second rate movie adaptation. Or is it?

‘Better Than the Book?’ sees Andrew Pople and Kevin Suarez go head to head on the question that vexes lovers of literature everywhere – Can the movie ever be better? Seeing your favourite book turned into a film is among the most traumatic experiences a book-lover can have. But as streaming services change the game for lovers of long form storytelling and cinematic auteurs step up to the plate to meet the challenge we’re seeing more and more challenging visual storytelling. 

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

Douglas Adams was something of a geek god. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy author is well loved by book and movie fans for his wit and savvy observational style.

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is a lesser known series that sees the titular sleuth solving cases based on the interconnectedness of everything. From time travelling professors, secret black ops agencies and inter-dimensional monks these are the stories that redefine true crime.

Now with a Netflix series into its second season, Dirk Gently has hit our screens in a new adaptation.


To call the Netflix Dirk Gently an adaptation is a bit of a furphy. While both stories explore the interconnectedness of everything, the adaptation shifts us across continents and significantly updates the style and aesthetic. Both tales offer you the universe, but which one wins out?

Andrew and Kevin take on the challenge and help you  decide which is better…

‘Better Than the Book?’ is produced and presented by Andrew Pople

Want more ‘Better Than the Book?’ Go to 2ser.com/tag/better-than-the-book/

You may also like