Thursday, September 23, 2010

Bad Jobs in Novels and Awesome Pen Names

1. Nathan Bransford (literary agent, blogger) asked what is the worst job to have in a novel.

Some of the answers, via the #BadJobsInNovels hashtag:
The villain’s horse in a western.
Food in The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
The prince’s whipping boy (RIP Sid Fleischman.)
Laundress in an erotica.
Any one of the 100,000 French soldiers in War and Peace
My reply: Harpoonist on Pequod.

2. Imogen Russell Williams posits that those who have read Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre can be divided into two groups — Rock Stars (those who love Wuthering Heights and hate Jane Eyre) and Librarians (the opposite.)

But the hypothesis falls apart on further analysis. For example, I prefer Eyre and I’m clearly a ^$#*(&)*(&# Rock Star.

3. Raymond Carver Madlibs.

You'll need to think of a lot of smokable things, alcoholic drinks and expletives.

4. Best pen name ever? Diedrich Knickerbocker.

Jason Lea,

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