There is a fabulous and funny blog out there called Better Book Titles, by Dan Wilbur, a comedian and writer – he says:
This blog is for people who do not have thousands of hours to read book reviews or blurbs or first sentences. I will cut through all the cryptic crap, and give you the meat of the story in one condensed image. Now you can read the greatest literary works of all time in mere seconds!
A new Better Book Title will be posted every weekday. Every Friday a reader’s submission will be posted. Redesign and titles by Dan Wilbur unless credited otherwise. Please use proper credits when reprinting.
It is well-worth your time to sort through the posts [you can also search for an author – go to bottom of page and click on “Archives” and a search screen will appear at the top of the page] – as expected, the Brontes are quite funny and spot-on:
[Charlotte Bronte – Jane Eyre]
as is Thomas Hardy’s The Mayor of Casterbridge:
Here is one of my laugh-out-loud favorites:
[Roald Dahl – James and the Giant Peach]
[Norton Anthology of English Literature ]
and who can resist this by Virginia Woolf?
[ Virginia Woolf – The Waves ]
But what of Jane Austen? – well, she has only one title represented, and this a reader submission [ by Henry Schenker ] last November:
[ Jane Austen – Mansfield Park ]
…which we can all appreciate! But surely Mr. Wilbur can come up with something for Austen’s other titles! – is it perhaps that he just can’t bring himself to read her books? – at any rate, what might you submit for an Austen “better book title”?? – put on your thinking caps and comment below!
All images from the Better Book Titles website, which you must visit – check out all the Shakespeare…
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Here are a few lame attempts from me:
P&P= Married: With five daughters(someone marry them please!)
Emma= Bored in a small town/The Queen of Nowhere’sbury
Persuasion= The Eliot Pride&very Prejudice/The eight year wait/The Snobs
S&S= Dashing after Dashwoods
Mansfield= Everyone’s(nearly) 6th Favorite Austen novel/Tales of a Nobody(ok, too mean)
Northanger: Gothic is so out of fashion
Ha! These are great Kirk! – and right off the top of your head it seems – I just posted this! – you should perhaps submit them to the Better Book Titles site? – [I think you also need to actually submit a design of the title page as well, so you have your work cut out for you!]
Thanks for my daily chuckle!
Emma: Confessions of a Reformed Meddler
Northanger Abbey: Why Must I Be a Teenager in Love.
Love the titles.
Perfect! – especially love the NA! why not work on a title page and submit it to Mr. Wilbur?
Thanks for sharing Mary!
Add to Mansfield…Tales of a nobody and her wicked mean Aunt
Love Kirk’s S&S and Mary’s Emma. Very good!
For Mansfield Park I suggest: Naughty and Nice – A Tale of Country Courtship
Persuasion : “Better Late than Never”
Northanger Abbey : “How to cope with a too imaginative teenager in Bath”
Those are my poor attempts… I like the other ones, they are great :D
Hello Cinta – these are terrific additions to the talk – perfect capsules of each book – Thanks for sharing!
P & P- Conceit: Two Differing Views
Emma- Matrimonial Affairs Cannot Be Left to the Individuals Concerned
Sense and Sensibility- Is it Really Better to Be Silent and Be Thought a Fool or Open Your Mouth and Remove All Doubt?
Persuasion- Hope Springs Anew After an Awful Eight Years
Northanger Abbey- Is This Place Spooky or Is It Just Me?
Mansfield Park- What Will the Kids Get Up To While We’re Gone?
Excellent Karen! – I love hearing the different takes on each book – thank you for sharing yours!
Love these, hah!!
Yes Vic, great fun – now I can’t stop thinking of alternate titles of all the books on my shelves!
These are great!
I don’t know what I would do without my Norton Anthology of English Literature.
127 hours of skimming is spot on! Haha!
Yes, Trez, I love that one too – “127 hours of skimming” indeed!
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