Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Title-ist

We complained about cliche book reviews Monday.

Today, we pick on cliche book titles.

Darragh McManus wrote a column deriding tiresome novel titles. I won’t copy an excerpt, because it’s worth reading in its entirety.

My favorite part is when McManus creates fake novel titles based upon their genres. (Example, Serial killer thriller type yoke: Blood on the Edge.)

I thought I’d give his game a try.

Harlequin romance: Brazen Hands.

Children’s adventure that will inevitably be optioned as a movie: Mitchell Stevens and the Rock of Ages.

Chick literature: Hippo Hips & the Lonely Tarts Club Band.

Vonnegut ripoff: Ragnarocket.

Sci-Fi: Till the End of Times.

Booker Award Winner: The Hindrance of Altruism.

Tricia Ambrose autobiography: Suffering the Insufferable. (That would also work as a Booker Award Winner.)

Book to purchase because it sounds interesting but never read: People, and How to Stop Hating Them. (That would also work as a Tricia Ambrose autobiography.)

Hipster favorite that will inevitably be optioned as a Wes Anderson-directed movie: The Whistler Sisters.

-Jason Lea, JLea@News-Herald.com

P.S. My second favorite part of the column is the photo’s cut line. “A pile of books.” I wish all cutlines were as generic. “Man standing in front of podium.” “Image to break up block of text.”



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