The post that was quoted here has been removed
Yes he did say he wasn't happy with the last book, but then he died and thats it. Adams was well known to be highly protective of his work.... Thats probably why the film took so long to make. You think it was co-incidence that after 20 years of trying to make it, it only came out after his death?
I know it's happened with other books, like Asimov's and Tolkien's but to be honest the world that Tolkien created was so vast you only have to look at any of the fighting fantasy type books to see his influence. And Asimov had a style that was quite impersonal in some ways...
If you have it you should read the introduction that Stephen Fry wrote in the Salmon of doubt. Theres a bit where he talks about... Aww hell... I've got it in front of me.... if you'll indulge me a second...
"Douglas has in common with certain rare artists... ...the ability to make the beholder feel he is addressing them and them alone: I think this in part explains the immense strength and fervour of his 'fan base', if I can use so revolting a phrase. When you look at Velazquez, listen to Mozart, read Dickens or laugh at Billy Connolly, to take four names at random.. .. you are aware that what they do they do for the world and the results are of course, magnificent. When you look at Blake, listen to Bach, read Douglass Adams or watch Eddie Izzard perform, you feel you are perhaps the only person in the world you really gets them. Just about everyone else admires them of course, but no-one really connects with them in the way that you do."
The rest of it's quite nice too. The point is that they style in which Adams wrote is a personal one and the characters in the books fit with and belong with that style. And they belong to the fans.
I don't really like cover versions of songs that much, I don't like people writing other peoples sequels. I think it's also a bit soon... I'm wondering how many publishers are sat there waiting for Pratchett to shuffle into the light fantastic so they can pillage his characters. It just seems a bit ickky to me.