Join Listal here 
Existing members 
Login here 
Join Listal to create lists, share images, get recommendations and much more
Avatar
Added by Dierdre

on 16 Jul 2011 03:08

37
2482 Views 9 Comments

Misleading Titles

Choose file... or enter url:
Sort by: Showing 14 items
A few famous books whose titles suggest something very different from what they're actually about.

Suggestions welcome.
People who added this item 810  Average listal rating (628 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.
Dierdre's rating:

People who added this item 109  Average listal rating (52 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.
Dierdre's rating:

People who added this item 407  Average listal rating (237 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.
Dierdre's rating:

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 562  Average listal rating (411 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.
Dierdre's rating:

People who added this item 101  Average listal rating (39 ratings) 7.7  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.
Dierdre's rating:

People who added this item 100  Average listal rating (55 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.
Dierdre's rating:

People who added this item 434  Average listal rating (197 ratings) 8.2  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.
Dierdre's rating:

People who added this item 795  Average listal rating (598 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.
Dierdre's rating:

People who added this item 332  Average listal rating (154 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.
Dierdre's rating:

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.
Dierdre's rating:

People who added this item 334  Average listal rating (139 ratings) 7.6  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 422  Average listal rating (188 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.
Dierdre's rating:


 

Added to

7 votes
My Favorite Lists (40 lists)
list by sunset96
Published 2 years, 9 months ago 2 comments



Related lists

Game Console Launch Titles
288 item list by CelShader
21 votes 12 comments
Ridiculously Long Album Titles
30 item list by spiegel
35 votes 11 comments
Ridiculously Long Song Titles
110 item list by spiegel
31 votes 17 comments
New Movie Titles
7 item list by Butler Library
Titles That Pop: Best Movie Titles
86 item list by Joseph Grey
35 votes 5 comments
Top 10 List of my favourite songs
10 item list by k7of
3 votes
Longest Movie Titles
15 item list by OsamaEx
5 votes 2 comments
Diagnosing Hollwyood
14 item list by C!pH3r
5 votes 2 comments
50 Best Opening Titles
50 item list by Jon Ellison
Lost in Translation: German Titles
27 item list by karmacomatic
18 votes 6 comments

View more top voted lists

People who voted for this also voted for

Books - My Journal and Queue
Best albums of 2013
Top 10 of 2012
My Favorite Books
Watched in 2013
Obnoxious Netflix Genres
Authors Hate the Movie Versions of Their Book
2013: Movie Diary
Currently Watching
Not The Children *Spoilers*
Favorite David Fincher Films
Albums Listened to in 2015

More lists from Dierdre

Insert Movie Title About Casual Sex
Movies in Limericks
Movies I Watched in School (And What I Learned)
My Superhero Movies
Movies I Only Want to See Because of their Posters
Kids in Movies They Can't See Without Supervision


Comments

Posted: 3 years, 7 months ago at Sep 21 17:07
GREAT LIST and quite funny with your interpretation of the titles! LOVE IT.
Posted: 3 years, 6 months ago at Sep 30 16:15
Hahaha! Awesome list! I also thought the same thing about no.s 1 and 8.
Posted: 3 years, 6 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: 3 years, 5 months ago at Oct 31 8:51
I like it! I find it very entertaining! :D
Posted: 3 years, 5 months ago at Oct 31 10:43
This is gold.
Posted: 3 years, 5 months ago at Nov 2 2:54
Very creative list! Nice one.
Posted: 2 years, 2 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: 2 years, 2 months ago at Feb 5 19:13
Bitches be crazy. Never has anyone described "The Bell Jar" more perfectly.
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Jun 13 15:35
How do you make a story out of yams???

Login or Signup to post a comment