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Top Ten Tuesday: Funny Book Titles (With a Twist)

“I would have lived in peace.”

First line in Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Hey, is that a Top Ten Tuesday post from me for the second week in a row? That’s right! I saw this week’s topic of “Funny Book Titles” and had an idea. You see, I haven’t come across that many book titles that could be considered funny, but that just meant that I had to make them funny. So, I’ve taken ten book titles and come up with alternative synopsis’ for their books because anything can be funny if you change the meaning behind it.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl so head over there to check out future topics. Let’s begin!


The Host (by Stephenie Meyer)

What it should be about:

A random group of people do a freaky version of Come Dine with Me. They compete against each other by hosting wacky, inappropriate dinner parties. Normal and boring gets you eliminated.

What it’s actually about:

Alien possessions.

The Titan’s Curse (by Rick Riordan)

What it should be about:

Society’s cruel discrimination against very tall people (at least 210 cm or 6’10). There’s not enough focus on how many times these people need to bend down and destroy their backs #justicefortallpeople.

What it’s actually about:

Greek Gods being mean

The Wishing Spell (by Chris Colfer)

What it should be about:

Think The Purge but instead of crime being legal, everyone’s wishes magically come true for a period of 12 hours. Be careful what you wish for.

What it’s actually is about:

Children getting lost in fairy tale land

Red Rising (by Pierce Brown)

What it should be about:

A retelling of Red Riding Hood who has had enough of that cheating-ass Wolf, so she turns herself into a fierce warrior to stop his reign of terror.

What it’s actually about:

Hunger Games in space

The Devil’s Apprentice (Kenneth B. Andersen)

What it should be about:

An unassuming, young man who starts work as an unpaid intern at a big company. His boss is the most horrible person imaginable, and the job is doing all the stuff nobody else wants to do, but, you know, it’s good for his career.

What it’s actually about:

The literal Devil’s apprentice

Passenger (by Alexandra Bracken)

What it should be about:

Guy buys a used car and finds out it has a permanent passenger a.k.a a ghost. It’s a friendly ghost as long as it gets to listen to Taylor Swift on the radio.

What it’s actually about:

Time travelers

I’ll Give You the Sun (by Jandy Nelson)

What it should be about:

A mad scientist determined to pull the sun out of the sky to give to his beloved partner (equally mad) without considering the destruction of the entire planet.

What it’s actually about:

A complicated sibling-relationship

Silver in the Wood (by Emily Tesh)

What it should be about:

Treasure hunting, duh. Although, it’s also a reimagining of the book Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, just from the POV of Long John Silver.

What it’s actually about:

A man in a forest

The Wise Man’s Fear (by Patrick Rothfuss)

What it should be about:

A wise old man and his irrational fear of peanuts. They attract squirrels, you know. It’s really no joke.

What it’s actually about:

Nothing *cough* I mean, a very clever man.

A Storm of Swords (by George R. R. Martin)

What it should be about:

Wild developments in climate change as the planet decides to fight back against humans… with a literal storm of swords.

What it’s actually about:

Everybody wanting to kill each other

I hope this post made you chuckle just a little, although I do realize that I have a weird sense of humor. Let me know which of these alternative books you’d like to read the most. If you have an actual funny book title, please share that too! Happy reading!

14 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Funny Book Titles (With a Twist)

  1. You win the internet today! Omg.. this was hilarious!! Great twist on the topic. I had such a hard time with it this well that I did something different too. I would love the Wishing Spell to be one.. but then would the sequel be about how terrible things have become because people went too crazy with their wishes!? lol

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    1. Lol thank you! šŸ˜„ I actually spent a lot of time thinking about all the (mostly horrible) consequences of the Wishing Spell because people would want too much and probably ruin the economy as well. It should be a book.

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  2. Iā€™m creasing, this post is brilliant and has honestly made my day! Iā€™d love to read all these alternative plots but I particularly love the adapted plot for Passenger. Iā€™d loved to drive around with a Taylor Swift obsessed ghost! Great post! šŸ„°āœØ

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  3. šŸ˜‚šŸ˜‚šŸ˜‚šŸ˜‚šŸ˜‚ I absolutely adored this! Although I think I laughed even harder at the “what it’s actually about” sections than your reimaginings šŸ˜ The Wise Man’s Fear one had me howling, even though I don’t agree šŸ˜‚ But I think out of all the twisted versions, I am most intrigued by I’ll Give You the Sun… I’ve never read a book with that premise before!

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    1. Very happy you liked it! šŸ˜ I actually didn’t set out to make the “what it’s actually about” sections funny, but for some of them, it was just hard not to. And you should know by now that if a see an opportunity to make fun of Kvothe… I’ll take it! šŸ˜‰ He can handle it.
      I’ve also never heard about a premise like the one I thought of for I’ll Give You the Sun. Don’t know what part of my mind that came from and not sure I want to know šŸ˜…

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