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Top Ten Tuesday: Funny Book Titles (Part 2)

“Will we get into trouble?”

First line in The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams

It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, and when I saw today’s prompt, I knew there was no way I could avoid it. You see, ‘funny book titles’ has been a prompt before and I chose a very alternative approach back then because I haven’t read books with particularly funny titles. What I did was imagine a different plot for certain books that would make their title seem funnier, and well, I’ve done that again since people really seemed to love it the first time.

The Fountains of Silence (by Ruta Sepetys)

What it should be about:

In a dystopian future, war has finally broken out between introverts and extroverts. Told from the perspective of introverts who’ve finally had enough, the book’s title, The Fountains of Silence, is a reference to their only remaining sanctuaries of peace and quiet.

What it’s actually about:

Life in Spain under a dictator.

A Conspiracy of Truths (by Alexandra Rowland)

What it should be about:

An evil sorcerer hellbent on destroying the world casts a spell that makes everyone unable to lie, and brutal honesty is what sends the world spiraling into chaos.

What it’s actually about:

Politics.

The Ask and the Answer (by Patrick Ness)

What it should be about:

A non-fiction book about interviews that details how you ask a question and listen to the answer. It’s very simple and very unhelpful.

What it’s actually about:

A resistance movement fighting back against an evil overlord.

The Fever King (by Victoria Lee)

What it should be about:

A man astonishingly survives having the flu without complaining too much and his life turns upside down as he’s hailed as a God.

What it’s actually about:

A virus that either kills you or gives you magical abilities.

We are the Ants (by Shaun David Hutchinson)

What it should be about:

…Well, ants.

What it’s actually about:

A boy being abducted by aliens.

A Star Shall Fall (by Marie Brennan)

What it should be about:

A movie star at the top of his career but we see his fall from grace as he slowly becomes obsessed with penguins and makes it his life’s goal to move to Antarctica.

What it’s actually about:

A comet hurtling towards Earth.

The Ninth Rain (by Jen Williams)

What it should be about:

In a paradise-like world, it unexpectedly rains for nine days straight prompting the inhabitants to rise up against their rulers. They demand their rulers control the weather and so a young prince is sent on a quest to learn how to do just that.

What it’s actually about:

Monsters descending from the sky.

Northern Wrath (by Thilde Kold Holdt)

What it should be about:

Icelanders and Finns are sick of people (especially Americans) calling them Scandinavians and they have now accumulated enough wrath to do something about it. They declare all-out war and in this day and age, the fight is online with their most common weapon being a sort of Rick-rolling but with the song “Jaja Ding Dong” (Google it).

What it’s actually about:

Avenging Vikings.

The Ten Thousand Doors of January (by Alix E. Harrow)

What it should be about:

After eating way too many Christmas sweets in December, a woman decides to expand on the “ten thousand steps a day”-saying by instead walking through ten thousand different doors in the month of January. The book is about her journey and the fascinating people she meets along the way.

What it’s actually about:

A girl wanting to go through doors to other worlds.

Master of Sorrows (by Justin Call)

What it should be about:

An evil therapist gets his magical powers by listening to his clients’ sorrows and draining them of all emotions during their sessions. He uses his powers to make the whole world more depressed, and civilization’s only hope lies with the most carefree person in the world.

What it’s actually about:

An orphan at a tough training academy.

If you (unexpectedly) want more of this, you can check out part 1. But I hope you found this just a little bit funny and don’t think I’m too weird for being able to come up with this. Any of these alternative plots you’d like to read?

8 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Funny Book Titles (Part 2)

  1. 🀣🀣🀣 This is brilliant! I’m laughing so hard and am having a really hard time choosing a favorite – although that synopsis for The Ask and the Answer is a strong contender. It pretty much sums up my thoughts on the entire self-help genre in a nutshell 😁 And how on Earth did you get from A Star Shall Fall to penguins? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Despite not understanding your reasoning, I think the outcome is amazing! 🀩

    I’ll have to disappoint you, though, and listen to Jaja Ding Dong at a later time… I’m currently at the airport, think my headphones are in my checked luggage (or at least hope so, because otherwise it means I forgot them πŸ˜…), and I don’t trust you enough to google that song in public without headphones on 😜 So you’ll have to wait a bit for my opinion!

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    1. I’m happy to spread some joy 😁 With The Ask and the Answer, I was also going for that classic self-help book that just shouldn’t exist because everything in is so useless and obvious. And how I went from A Star Shall Fall to penguins? Well, I needed a reason why a big celebrity would lose their fame in a funny way and in the first version of this, I mentioned squirrels and another cute animal is a penguin πŸ˜… I’ll admit, it took me a while to come up with that one and I might have just panicked in the end πŸ™ˆ

      And well, no, you probably shouldn’t listen to JaJa Ding Dong in public πŸ˜„ I honestly didn’t expect that many people to get that reference and it might take you more than just listening to it to get.

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      1. That logic sounds perfectly sound to me πŸ˜‚ After all, penguins are way more interesting than squirrels!

        I did indeed end up forgetting my headphones, though, so JaJa Ding Dong is going to have to wait until I’m back home… I am not risking it! Especially since intense listening might be needed because now you’ve sparked my ambition to understand the reference 😁

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