Crazy book covers

I came across a wonderful tumblr site called betterbooktitles.com which is an absolute joy to go through. The blogger behind the site, Dan Wilbur, has a gift for altering a book’s title on the cover so that it pithily reflects the very heart of the story contained within. His philosophy is best understood by reading the blurb from the side bar of the blog:

This blog is for people who do not have thousands of hours to read book reviews or blurbs or first sentences. I will cut through all the cryptic crap, and give you the meat of the story in one condensed image. Now you can read the greatest literary works of all time in mere seconds!

Here are a few of the covers that made me laugh out loud, both at their cleverness and their ability to conjure a sense of what the book is all about in the promised “mere seconds”.

Real title: "The Magicians" - Lev Grossman
Real title: "The Hungry Caterpillar" - Eric Carle
Real title: "Much Ado About Nothing" - William Shakespeare
Real title: "Watership Down" - Richard Adams
Real title: "All Quiet on The Western Front" - Erich Maria Remarque
Real title: "James and the Giant Peach" - Roald Dahl
Real title: "Tender Is the Night" - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Real title: "Animal Farm" - George Orwell

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