Honest Book Titles


Someone excellent at penning clichés once wrote this: “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” I would argue that this person had only a limited understanding of books and the saucy trappings that hold them together; in my opinion, very often all you need to judge a book is its cover. After all, everything you need to know is there! The art tends to hint at the story inside, and the title, well, the title is the key to unlocking the story you’re holding in your hands. At least, it should be. Except that unfortunately, sometimes a title can be vague—or, worse still, just plain deceptive. Think about how much easier it would be if some of the more confusing titles just spelled it all out for us. For your edification, here are 8 books and their “honest” titles:

1. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

Honest Title: British People Who Confuse Sexual Attraction With Rudeness

2. The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green

Honest Title: Cancer Is The Worst

3. It, by Stephen King

Honest Title: The Only Thing Scarier Than a Clown Is a Demon Clown

4. Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy

Honest Title: Trains Are Not Playing Around, You Guys

5. Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn

Honest Title: Women Be Straight Trippin’

6. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, by Steig Larsson

Honest Title: Sexual Violence, Snow &  Some Ads For Pricey Electronics

7. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C. S. Lewis

Honest Title: Four Children and their Imaginations Partake In a Massive Religious Allegory

8. Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon

Honest Title: Bigamy & Time Travel in Scotland

What other honest book titles should there be?

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