Admittedly, I’m a shut-in. There are bars on my office door and they don’t let me out much. It’s not my fault really. On days when I just have to “get out,” I’ll take a flyer on a website. (I fondly remember the days of surfing. No time for that anymore, but I do still remember the joy of leaping from site-to-site, following a trail of breadcrumbs to who-knew-where.)
Tonight I was tired of looking for art for covers. Stock art can actually be mind-numbingly boring after an hour or two of filling lightboxes of bits and pieces that might someday become a cover. So…having put in 10 hours already today, I remembered that I’d seen something about “BetterBookTitles.com” which is a site that parodies book titles. Readers submit books for consideration.
Animal Farm, according to BBT, would be better as: If you give a pig a windmill, he’ll pursue absolute power. (submitted by Tyler Snodgrass)
In my opinion, truer words were never spoken. I went. I laughed. And I’d like to share some of my faves with you. (Well, not my real faves because those titles were irreverent and contained 4 letter words and this blog is g-rated. Dammit.)
If you can’t guess the original book, I’ve got the original titles matched with the new at the bottom of the blog.
The Reason There Are Christmas Presents = The Gift of the Magi
If You Give a Pig… = Animal Farm
The Satanic Purses = The Devil Wears Prada
Infinite Footnotes = Infinite Jest
There Will Be Blood = What to Expect When You’re Expecting.
Never Flirt With Puppy Killers = Of Mice and Men
Texas Public Schools = Fahrenheit 451
Ghost Dad = Hamlet
Check out www.BetterBookTitles.com and let me know your faves. Or retitle a classic for us!