More book titles, if they were written today

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 16, 2009

The two threads on book titles as if they were written today are still going strong…there are some really good ones in the comments.

Then: The Bible
Now: A Million Little Signs and Wonders

Then: The Sun Also Rises
Now: Drink, Bullfight, Mope

Then: Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica
Now: Why Do Apples Fall Down and Not Up? Answers From The Cutting Edge of Physics

Then: Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus
Now: Frankenstein: Wrath of the Supercorpse

Then: Declaration of Independence
Now: The Pursuit of Happiness: How to get control of your continent and have fun doing it!

Then: The Oxford English Dictionary
Now: Word Up! 300,000 proven ways to express yourself in speech and writing

Then: To Kill A Mockingbird
Now: To Kill A Mockingbird (A Novel)

Then: If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler
Now: A Novel: A Novel: A Novel: A Novel: A Novel: A Novel: A Novel: A Novel: A Novel: A Novel

Then: Cry, the Beloved Country
Now: Black. White.

Then: Little Women
Now: Concord 01742

Then: The Hobbit
Now: Hobbit

Then: The Art of War
Now: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Strategy Guide

Many of the entries took old fiction titles and converted them to contemporary non-fiction titles — e.g. Cinderella becomes How to Escape Being Bullied Without Once Standing Up for Yourself — which wasn’t really the point of the exercise but entertaining nonetheless.

Oh and if anyone wants to whip up book covers for any of these, feel free.