The Joy of Retitling the Classics

Of all the books on my must read list, classics cause me the most guilt.  As a writer, I know I should read them, but it’s hard to resist the temptation of the latest literary sensation.  I’d much rather read “A Visit from the Good Squad” than say “War & Peace.”  I know it’s to my benefit to read them both, but who’s got that kind of time?

I’ve just discovered a website that can help.  Better Book Titles is a blog for people who don’t have time to read. Website creator Dan Wilbur says, “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!”

Reader Submission: Title and Redesign by the near-doctor John Molina. Maurice Sendak: Where the Wild Things Are

It’s a tongue in cheek approach, but Mr. Wilbur is a comedian, so it fits. For a few good laughs and an opportunity to get caught up on some reading, visit Better Book Titles at Be forewarned, if you’re easily offended, you’d probably prefer the library.

NOTE: My apologies for the lack of links and finesse on this post.  I’m in a mad rush to catch a plane and WordPress is misbehaving.  Links, tags, etc., are not working.  I was able to trick in a few, but rather than skip a post or toss my beloved laptop out the window, I’m posting plain today. There’s more info on Better Book Titles below.  Ah, technology.

3 thoughts on “The Joy of Retitling the Classics

  1. Interesting Olivia, I read the direct opposite of how you read – I’m much more likely to reach for a classic than the latest, (although War and Peace? Not so much, more like The Grapes of Wrath for me). In fact, I’m rereading Light in August right now and just finished an anthology by Flannery O’Conner. This mainly because last week I finished a book that was supposedly wonderful that left me seething – it had no ending! I won’t get into the rant here, but tune in for my Friday Flash this week for more. 🙂

    I’ll have to check out Better Book Titles for a few laughs – thanks for posting this!

    1. Deanna, I’m kind of like you, currently re-reading The Bostonians (Henry James) and the Sherlock Holmes canon. My reason, though, is mostly practical. Both are available for extremely cheap on the Kindle. 🙂

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