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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Better Book Titles


Many thanks to National Public Radio for introducing me to the website betterbooktitles.com that attempts to redesign book covers to better reflect their content. It’s a great place for irreverent book lovers. The Great Gatsby becomes Drink Responsibly. Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is renamed My Dad Is Cooler Than Your Dad. Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre becomes The Good Ones Are Always Taken.

According to the May 12 NPR piece by Linton Weeks, the website is the brainchild of Dan Wilbur, a 24-year-old stand-up comic and former classics major at Bard College. “You should write what you know,” he told Weeks tongue-in-cheek.
In explaining the reason for the site, Wilbur writes: “This blog is for people who do not have thousands of hours to read book reviews or blurbs or first sentences. I will . . . 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!”

Wilbur also solicits alternative titles from readers. How about Albee’s “Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf” as “The Worst Faculty Party of the Year”? Or, Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” as “Never Listen to Your Wife.”

The possibilities are endless. Enjoy.

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