Normally, I’m not so keen on people making snap judgments based on a book’s cover (this may partly be because J.D. Salinger is one of my favorite authors and his covers are just about as exciting as new printer paper). But despite the fact that the website Better Book Titles’ goal is strictly to provide people with the chance to judge books by their covers, it makes the book-nerd side of me quite happy.
The site’s creator, Dan Wilbur, says his “blog is for people who do not have thousands of hours to read book reviews or blurbs or first sentences.” So, he saves you the hassle: “I will cut through all the cryptic crap, and give you the meat of the story in one condensed image.”
Wilbur renames all the familiar favorites, so Charlotte’ s Web becomes Spiders Make Great Publicists and The Great Gatsby becomes Drink Responsibly and The Scarlet Letter becomes I Know What You Did Last Summer. To name just a few. The new witty and often snarky titles attempt to summarize the gist of novel, and they do a pretty darn good job.