Summer Reading

Shelley Sackier writes, in this week’s Peak Perspective post, about the importance of choosing the right names for your fictional characters:

The title of your book is also important and worthy of a bit of thought. George Orwell’s “1984” was originally titled “1948”, but his publisher told him that 1948 was too close. Better to set it a bit further in the future!

So, what if some other famous books had been given slightly different titles? How about these…

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19 thoughts on “Summer Reading

    1. Ha ha ha! I seem to have started something here. How about “The Lion, the Witch and the Bedside Table”? And D.H.Lawrence’s book about alcoholism in the English aristocracy – “Lady Chatterley’s Liver”? Or the sequels to a couple of well known A.A. Milne books – “The Old Folk’s Home at Pooh Corner” and “Now We Are Going on 80”? And we can shift over to the theatre – Brecht’s little known character “Mack the Fork”, or Tennessee Williams “Cat on a Corrugated Plastic Roof”. Oh, I could go on all day… πŸ™‚

      1. LOL. I love the A. A. Milne titles. I actually did a post called “Now We Are Sixty-Two” for Mr. H., so I beat you to it, Rob!
        “Mack the Fork” is priceless!

  1. how about arthur miller’s classic – the retirement of a salesman. and for a variation on the “war and peas” cover the peas could be buckshot for the rifle. but my favorite of all these options is ‘lord of the shower-curtain rings.’ nothing beats gandalf wearing his hat in the shower.

  2. Love this, Rob. What about Not-So-Great Expectations, Oliver Straight Up (instead of Oliver Twist), or The Spook of the Opera?

    1. Ha ha ha! I love these. Who’s going to dare to write such books? And I guess if Dickens was alive today he’d be writing something called “The Pickwick PDFs”

  3. All very cute, Rob! I love the War and Peas one, especially, because today I was watching an educational program where an elementary student exclaimed, “If there were no peas, I would just DIE!” So… it gave me a good chuckle. πŸ™‚

  4. Yes, peas are a very underrated vegetable. In fact anyone who has a deep freeze MUST have a bag of frozen peas in there, even if they have nothing else. Well, okay, some Ben and Jerrys ice cream as well! πŸ™‚

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