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20 Book Titles Reimagined

What if books we knew well had different titles? What would be the result?
| Jul 12, 2016 | 1 comment |

Last week, Shannon McDermott wrote a post that discussed the nature of book titles. The title of her post, “A Book By Any Other Name,” got me thinking. What if books we knew well had different titles? What would be the result?

BookshelfAfter all, titles are inseparable from the books to which they’re attached. Hear any title of a well-known book, and it comes with an automatic rush of images, opinions, character names, and any other host of details.

Sometimes, titles describe the overall arc or theme of the book.

Sometimes they derive from the main character and his or her exploits.

Sometimes, they come from a direct quote or subtle idea addressed within the story.

To answer my question, here are 20 books (sci-fi and fantasy, of course) and potential alternate titles.

  1. Hunger Games…Against the Odds
  2. Catching Fire…Whispers of Rebellion
  3. Mockingjay…The Sorrow of Triumph
  4. The Final Empire…Beneath Tyranny’s Shroud
  5. Lord of the Rings…The Quest to Mordor
  6. Princess Bride…True Love Conquers (umm, yikes—sounds like an Amish romance)
  7. The Hobbit…The Exploits of Bilbo Baggins
  8. Eragon…Birth of a Hero
  9. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe…Adventures in Narnia
  10. A Wrinkle in Time…Rescue from IT
  11. I, Robot…The Automaton Takeover
  12. Fahrenheit 451…The Flames of Oppression
  13. The Last Battle…Night Falls On Narnia
  14. The Time Machine…Where No Man Has Gone
  15. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea…Captain Nemo’s Wanderings
  16. The Silmarillion…The Novice’s Handbook of Elves and Languages
  17. Dune…Battle for Arrakis
  18. Prince Caspian…Return to Narnia
  19. A Game of Thrones…Death Comes Swiftly
  20. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone…The Magical Boy

Amazing what switching a title can do, isn’t it? Which book sounds the most different?

Zachary Totah writes speculative fiction stories. This allows him to roam through his imagination, where he has illegal amounts of fun creating worlds and characters to populate them. When not working on stories or wading through schoolwork, he enjoys playing sports, hanging out with his family and friends, watching movies, and reading. He lives in Colorado and doesn't drink coffee. He loves connecting with other readers and writers. Find him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus, Goodreads, and at his website.

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LOL, Bishounen Senshi Sailor Harry Potter.