The book I chose was The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett. The book was suggested by librarypoint.org to read if you enjoyed The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. For me, I find it difficult to get into books. I love reading, but I have trouble concentrating on it if I'm not completely invested. One of the major things that sucked me into The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (apart from my mom's recommendation) was the escapism of it. My favorite genres in books are science fiction and fantasy because I can imagine myself in a new world. Realistic fiction is more difficult for me to get into because I can't be creative in imagining anything. This was what caught my attention with The Colour of Magic. At first, I was drawn to it because it had "Magic" in the title and I love magic stories. When I researched the book more, it was described as a comic fantasy, which is exactly the kind of books I like reading. I decided to check it out and compare. I listened to it as an audiobook and I think that helped me focus because my brain processed it quicker than when I read paper. The book started out a little confusing and dumped a lot on you, but that was also how I remember The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy beginning, so I wasn't too concerned about that. The writing had similar odd quirks to it which I think adds a bit of charm to it.
The main character in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is named Arthur Dent. Surprisingly for being the lead, he doesn't have a very distinct character. He lives a more solemn life, but tries to be adventurous when needed. In The Colour of Magic, the main character is a wizard named Rincewind. He serves as a guide for a tourist named Twoflower. However, he's not very good at this and leaves Twoflower multiple times, but ends up coming back for various reasons. Despite this, he occasionally displays empathy for Twoflower. I liked that aspect of having a main character that didn't always make the best decisions.
The setting of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy starts on earth, but then it changes to all around the galaxy. This was something I really liked about it, being able to explore different worlds throughout. However, in The Colour of Magic, they stay in one place called Discworld. I liked being able to imagine the world they described. The book is actually in a series called Discworld based around the world in the book.
The major difference of the books is the genre. While both books have a surrealism factor to them, one is science fiction and one is fantasy. The themes are quite different as well. The theme of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is strangeness. The idea of taking a normal person and placing them into ridiculous situations and seeing how they react is interesting to me. The theme to The Colour of Magic is adventure and a journey, which is typical for fantasy stories.
Overall, I would recommend The Colour Of Magic to someone who enjoyed The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. While this book takes more of a fantasy approach, I enjoyed that aspect of it. Some readers may think it doesn't live up to the expectations of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, it captures a similar charm and has a similar whimsy to it.