Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Importance of Titles in Classic Literature or How to Change a Plot with One Lettter

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Kudos to my wife for today's blog. We were looking at a schedule of events at our local library where one of the upcoming programs was an in-depth review and analysis by the book club of the book: Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. Unfortunately, the flyer had a typo where the title instead read: Anne Frank: The Dairy of a Young Girl. My wife, trying to be clever, my job, by the way, said that would be an interesting book-a girl and her dairy farm during the war. I chuckled to appease her and then wondered how one would rewrite the synopsis of the book for the dust cover, considering the new title. Then I thought, what if a typo by the publisher of only one letter changed all of the dust covers for the classics? Then you'd have to rewrite all of the book's synopsis, which I did of the following. Each of the titles have only one letter wrong. If you're a reader with a modicum of literary knowledge, you'll figure out which letter in the title I changed.

Anne Frank: The Dairy of a Young Girl.

This is the story of a young girl striving to keep her dairy farm afloat while a world war rages on about her. The milk she supplies from her cows, Bessie, Tessie, and Nessie, is critical to the Allied cause. Will she succeed where other young girls with dairy farms had failed, or will she succumb to the hardships of sore hands and dry udders?

The Old Man and the Sex.

When a Portuguese fisherman is given an ultimatum by his desperate wife to either perform or leave, he begins a worldwide quest to develop the seemingly impossible, eventually leading to the creation of Viagra.

The Drapes of Wrath.

When a young interior designer is threatened with budget cuts, he must choose between curtains of his own creation or tacky faux-velvet coverings from his local Wal-Mart.

Bleak Horse.

Monty, a stunning thoroughbred, loses the Grand  National when jockeys and fellow horses tumble in one of the worst catastrophes ever in the 175 year history of the race. Embarrassed and humiliated by his own cowardice, Monty seeks solace in a growing addiction to Prozac.

To Fill a Mockingbird.

Scout, a precocious and intelligent daughter of a gentleman lawyer of the South, must choose between utilizing a dead mockingbird as their night's dinner, or stuffing it as training for her taxidermy class. The decision becomes more difficult when her father, Atticus, opines: "We must eat it, Scout, for it is a sin to fill a mockingbird."

There you go. Maybe you can try your own know. How about: To Hate and Hate Not. :)