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Added by Dierdre

on 16 Jul 2011 03:08

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Misleading Titles

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A few famous books whose titles suggest something very different from what they're actually about.

Suggestions welcome.
People who added this item 1086  Average listal rating (626 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating
1. The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
What I Think:
A heartwarming underdog story about a rural baseball team.


The Actual Plot:
Maladjusted, whiny teenager.
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People who added this item 107  Average listal rating (51 ratings) 8.6  IMDB Rating
2. Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell
What I Think:
A tornado destroys Scarlett O'Hara's Midwest home.


The Actual Plot:
The Civil War destroys Scarlett O'Hara's Southern plantation.
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People who added this item 395  Average listal rating (235 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating
3. Of Mice And Men - John Steinbeck
What I Think:
Venn diagram detailing the similarities between mice and men.


The Actual Plot:
Migrant workers.
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People who added this item 12  Average listal rating (3 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating
4. Men Without Women - Ernest Hemingway
What I Think:
A dystopian future world without women.


The Actual Plot:
A collection of short stories about men and their women.

People who added this item 684  Average listal rating (403 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating
5. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
What I Think:
The story of a bug king.


The Actual Plot:
Kids stuck on an island.
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People who added this item 97  Average listal rating (36 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating
6. As I Lay Dying: The Corrected Text - William Faulkner
What I Think:
Addie Bundren's losing battle with illness.


The Actual Plot:
Bundren family's journey to bury their mother.
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People who added this item 99  Average listal rating (53 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating
7. Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
What I Think:
Anarchy--according to William Butler Yeats.


The Actual Plot:
Yams. Lots and lots of yams.
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People who added this item 430  Average listal rating (199 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating
8. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
What I Think:
The life and times of a brilliant recluse.


The Actual Plot:
A Hispanic town.

People who added this item 1  Average listal rating (1 ratings) 2  IMDB Rating
9. The Living is Easy - Dorothy West
What I Think:
The living is easy.


The Actual Plot:
The living is not easy.
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People who added this item 1081  Average listal rating (594 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating
10. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
What I Think:
A nice hunting guide.


The Actual Plot:
The trial of an innocent black man--and the kids of the defense lawyer running around town.
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People who added this item 328  Average listal rating (153 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating
11. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
What I Think:
Bird migration patterns.


The Actual Plot:
Sexual frustration in an insane asylum.
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People who added this item 45  Average listal rating (18 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating
12. The Jungle - Upton Sinclair
What I Think:
An adventure through a rainforest.


The Actual Plot:
The meat-packing industry.
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People who added this item 326  Average listal rating (136 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating
13. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
What I Think:
Protecting pretty bells from rust.


The Actual Plot:
Bitches be crazy.

People who added this item 411  Average listal rating (182 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating
14. A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
What I Think:
Eating oranges on the dot--every hour.


The Actual Plot:
Ultraviolence.
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Comments

Posted: 2 years, 11 months ago at Sep 21 17:07
GREAT LIST and quite funny with your interpretation of the titles! LOVE IT.
Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at Sep 30 16:15
Hahaha! Awesome list! I also thought the same thing about no.s 1 and 8.
Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at Oct 11 2:18
Hahahaha. For most of my childhood I thought the same about #5. Or maybe someone living in a sewer.
Posted: 2 years, 9 months ago at Oct 31 8:51
I like it! I find it very entertaining! :D
Posted: 2 years, 9 months ago at Oct 31 10:43
This is gold.
Posted: 2 years, 9 months ago at Nov 2 2:54
Very creative list! Nice one.
Posted: 1 year, 6 months ago at Feb 5 18:33
Thanks for the laugh! I needed it this morning. Great list!
I'm glad to know that someone besides me sees titles like this and has similar thoughts. ;)
Posted: 1 year, 6 months ago at Feb 5 19:13
Bitches be crazy. Never has anyone described "The Bell Jar" more perfectly.
Posted: 1 year, 2 months ago at Jun 13 15:35
How do you make a story out of yams???

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