"If you give a man a wookiee, he's going to ask for a fast spaceship. When you give him the spaceship, he'll probably ask you for an astromech droid to help with repairs. Once you've reached light speed, he'll ask you for an Alderaan princess.
I stumbled upon Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy during my freshman year in high school. MTV was airing the BBC version of the story late at night on the weekends. Went from the TV show to the books and was blown away. One of my favorite series.