Posted October 22, 2019 by Fictional Fox in Top Ten Tuesday / 4 Comments

This is posted as part of Top Ten Tuesday, a blog feature where That Artsy Reader Girl provides weekly prompts for top ten lists.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

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Today’s topic is about discussing books I would give different titles to. I do like the original titles of the books below, but I thought I’d have a bit of fun and imagine alternatives.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, AKA The Tragic End of Basil Hallward

Basil deserved better. I will die on this hill.

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, AKA Don’t Take Sweets From Strangers

You know, what I’m talking about, Edmund.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, AKA We’re All Mad Here

I love the book but this is true. It comes straight from the cat’s mouth *shrug*

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling, AKA Harry Potter and the Year of Sass

Harry’s always strong when it comes to comebacks but I personally felt he was on top form in book five.

Persuasion by Jane Austen, AKA Regrets

Bang. One word title exchanged for another. It’s all you need, sometimes. Why mess with the formula of the original? I feel like the characters are swayed as much by regret as they are by persuasion in this novel, so it works for me.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, AKA The Green Light

I’m going to be honest and admit that I feel a bit cheap with my alternative title. It’s a bit on the nose, perhaps?

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, AKA Sydney Carton

Considering what Sydney goes through I think he deserves to have the book named after him (there are a few examples out there of Dicken’s naming books after characters so it wouldn’t be an off-brand move).

Lord of the Flies by William Golding, AKA The Kids Aren’t Alright 

Perhaps an understatement?

Emma by Jane Austen, AKA Meddling and Misunderstanding

Emma, Emma, Emma. She’s not the easiest character to get along with sometimes.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, AKA The Dragon

I think Smaug deserved more recognition.

If you could rename any of the books above, what titles would you pick?

Lauren x

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