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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