A Daisy by Any Other Identifier

Wanna know a really great way not to get anything done? Just sit around skewing titles of great books to make them sound less interesting. Death of Pie. Or A Trolley Car Named Who Cares? Or Bananas of Wrath. Doesn’t that sound like fun?

A couple days ago, a writer/blogger/tweeter named Nicola Morgan posted a harmless tweet with the hashtag #lessinterestingbooks. In less time than it takes to drive from my house to Disneyland, her hashtag was the number 1 tweet in the UK. A few hours later it was the number one Twitter hashtag in all English-speaking countries. This is exactly how it happened, in her own words:

“I was on Twitter during my coffee break (in answer to my husband, who said, “Why weren’t you working?”) and someone mentioned reading Lord of the Flies. But I briefly misread that as Lord of the Files. And I thought how much less interesting the book would have been if it had been called Lord of the Files. Such is the incredible profundity of this creative mind. Not that I didn’t have a lot more important things to do than becoming No 1 on Twitter, of course. So, I tweeted: Lord of the Files #lessinterestingbooks.”

That’s all it took. Mutant morphisms of beloved and not-so-beloved books began to crowd the Twitter wire and then blogs, including this one, via a post by good friend James Scott Bell. The comments on this blog alone number over 100.  Now I can procrastinate as much as the next writer, but I actually did not have the time to read the thousands of lessinterestingbooks on Twitter. But I did read these on Jim Bell’s post. And omigoodness, they are funny. What a way to waste some valuable writing time.  Here are my favorites with their creators in parantheses:

  • “Boysenberry Finn” (Katherine Hyde) 
  • “The Girl With the Hello Kitty Tattoo (bjmuntain) 
  • “That Bourne Guy That Can’t Remember Anything” (John Hagenson) 
  • “The Sit” (James Scott Bell) 
  • “Paws” (Joe Moore) 
  • “In Room Temperature Blood” (Mike Dennis)
  • “Ambivalent George” (mine! for the kiddos!)

So how about you? Want to give it a whirl? Think of a favorite book. Mess with the title a bit but definitely make it less interesting. Post it in the comments. I will start with one of my own books.

“Man in a Hurry.”


Author: Susan

This post has 4 Comments

  1. Anne Mateer on June 1, 2011 at 2:58 am

    The No. 23 Ladies Detective Agency

  2. Susan Meissner on June 1, 2011 at 3:21 am

    Funny, D'Ann!!

  3. Anonymous on June 1, 2011 at 6:19 am

    “Wanna know a really great way not to get anything done?” My first thought was “Susan's still pounding out those first 50 pages waiting for her MC to speak.”

    Since I don't Twitter, I hadn't seen the other posts and titles, but these are fun. I planned to do LADY IN WAITING, but you beat me to it. So on to a few other faves:
    “To Step on a Potato Bug”
    “Here Burns my Mosquito Repellent Torch”
    “Yours is the Night, Mine is Dragging Myself out of Bed at 5 AM”
    “Though the Faucet Trickles”
    “The Corpse is Lookin' Kinda Pale”
    “Went to the Desert and Came Back with a Cheap T-shirt”

    And, since Sooz is always included in my fave fiction:

    “The Shape of the Paper Sack”

    Thanks for the fun diversion. Creativity isn't wasted here.

    Mary Kay

  4. lisamckaywriting on June 1, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Nice one. How about “The neighboring field” instead of “The far pavilions” (M.M. Kaye).

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