5/31/2011

Alternate Titles for Famous Books

So many book titles just don't provide the information that a reader really needs to make an informed judgment about the content of the story.  Take Gone With the Wind.  There is no wind, and no clue from this title that the book is the Civil War equivalent of The Devil Wears Prada.  Wouldn't it be helpful if book titles actually let you know what you were in for?

By the way, this isn't my idea: I stole it from a wonderful website called Bestbooktitles.com.  But couldn't resist having a go at it myself.

The World According to Garp, by John Irving
Alternate Title: "The World According to 1975"



Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel
Alternate Title: "The Story of Henry VIII With Absolutely No Titillating Details"


The Jefferson Key, by Steve Berry
Alternate Title: "Yet Another DiVinci Code Ripoff, But With Pirates!"


 


 The Girls From Ames, by Jeffrey Zaslow
Alternate Title: "Other People Had Way More Fun in High School Than You Did"


Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert
Alternate Title: "Girls Just Want to Have Fun"


The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson
Alternate Title: "The Author With the Critic-Proof Franchise"


Walden, or Life in the Woods, by Henry David Thoreau
Alternate Title: "The World's Most Pretentious Account of a Camping Trip"

Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer
Alternate Title: "Vampires Make Sucky Boyfriends"


Gulliver's Travels, by Jonathan Swift
Alternate Title: "Jonathan Swift's Really Bad Absinthe Trip"
 

The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas
Alternate Title: "I'll Be Back"

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