[Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy wooden peg people by Randomly Generated]
Ok, so last night I was having a conversation with my husband which is a conversation that I've had many times with lots of different people over the years and yet it's something that I still have no answers on. Hence I am turning to my trusty brain bank (that's you) in the hope that you may be able to shed some light.
The thing is, said husband and two sons really, really love A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Between the three of them they've read the book countless times, listened to the audio book another bunch of times, and watched the TV series way more than once. It's the same with Monty Python. Every movie watched again and again and again. Python quotes are thrown in to the conversation at random intervals. Python documentaries are procured and yes, watched repeatedly.
I kind of get it. Douglas Adams was funny, John Cleese a borderline genius - they did some good, nay great, stuff. But I've read the book, seen the movie, and I don't want to keep going back there. On the other hand, there is a handful of comedy shows that I would happily watch over and over again (Like Black Books, or Fawlty Towers, or new favourite Modern Family).
So, over my short life I've been conducting a highly scientific experiment (assuming that by 'highly scientific' one means not scientific at all) and it seems this comedic division runs largely along gender lines. I don't like to emphasise gender differences, I was happily bought up by a rabid feminist who was always going on about girls being able to do anything and men being a bit pain-in-the-arse-ish at times, and as a reaction to that I tend not to see things through the male/female prism. But this issue is too important to keep ignoring!
My husband has suggested that the humour of Python et al is largely based on concepts, rather than characters, which puts women off. He also suggested that women are just not exposed to comedy from an early age, and asked if there was an equivalent female comedic author in the world. Surprisingly, I did not hit him. I did however suggest that Python et al is adolescent...
Clearly, I need some answers! Are you female and watching Life of Brian on a loop? Is it just me? Do I not 'get' something? Or do you see this gender divide too? And what's your theory on why? Help!