Smart, hilarious (better?) book titles

February 25, 2011

Not enough time to read this week (frustrating), and I’m in the middle of a 500+ page novel I’d like to be done with. So here I’m sharing not a new book discovery, rather a blog discovery that made me laugh amidst the week’s craziness. A tweet lead me to it — Better Book Titles — which has been around since the fall, but I hadn’t seen it yet.   

It’s got howlingly funny content, not too surprising since it’s hosted by a comedian.  With tongue in cheek, he explains the blog’s raison d’être as being for those short on reading time. “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!”

That’s not true, of course, and Better Book Titles reinforces that truth:  the humor doesn’t work if you haven’t read the books.  There are exceptions, though. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson is one of my favorite Better Book Titles, and I haven’t read the book.

Larsson’s novel and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby are among those listed in a top 10 category, which also includes Lolita and Ulysses.  Once you hit the top 10 page, scroll down to see the titles. From there you can access and get lost in the library of accumulating entries, but unless you recognize and single out the book covers, the library becomes a blur.

A new better book title is posted every weekday, and Friday’s are for reader submitted titles.

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