Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. Android Karenina. Believe it or not, these are the actual titles of books that took classic novels and gave them a delightfully quirky spin! These innovative rewrites got the bibliophiles at Writer’s Relief wondering: What other classic book titles could be given a fun, new spin? Here are eight laugh-out-loud book titles and parody blurbs we’ve come up with—maybe they have some potential!
8 Fun Spins On Classic Book Titles
Tess of the D’Underheads – This rollicking romp through nineteenth-century pastoral England tells the story of plucky (but not-too-bright) Tess, whose farming family learns they have connections to a wealthy family of landed gentry. When her family sends Tess to claim kin, she learns valuable lessons about life, love, and the meaning of family in this gentle comedy of manners.
Grate Expectations – Charles Dickens’ coming-of-age novel follows Pip, a poor young sous chef accosted by a convict who threatens to kill him if he doesn’t bring him cheese. Pip complies. Years later, Pip gains a mysterious benefactor. Who is this unknown patron, and why is he sending Pip gouda, mozzarella, and brie?
Rebecca the Robot – Daphne du Maurier’s classic Gothic romance gets an electrifying revamp! A naïve young woman marries a wealthy widower after a whirlwind romance. Upon moving into his sprawling estate, the new bride realizes it is still haunted by his former wife—a robot named Rebecca. Will our narrator be rewired and rebooted as well?
The Great Cats-Be Everywhere – Jay Gatsby’s mansion is the place to party in this saga about the roaring twenties. But when his house is overrun with dozens of aggressive feral felines, it’s definitely not the cat’s pajamas! Jay must find a way to clear his home of kitty litter and catnip before his great love, Daisy Buchanan (who’s allergic to cats), drives over.
Lord of the Files – It’s Lord of the Flies, but set in a contemporary office. Cue the conch shell-shaped “World’s Best Boss” coffee mug.
Agent Bovary – Gustave Flaubert’s tragic heroine is no longer a bored and frustrated housewife—she is a spy for the French government, hired to look into corruption in her French province. After all, a girl’s got to pay her bills! Using her feminine wiles, Bovary uncovers a scandal that rocks her provincial community.
Puttering Heights – Set against the backdrop of a windswept golf course, this reimagining of Emily Brontë’s tale of passion and destruction focuses on Catherine and Heathcliff, who work at a private country club. When Catherine marries Edgar, a young member of the club, Heathcliff takes matters into his own hands. Learning how to play golf is only the first step in his horrible revenge…there are no mulligans here.
The Mouse of the Spirits – Isabel Allende’s epic family saga about a Chilean family living through changing times—but told from the perspective of a family of mice scampering underfoot, hearing and seeing everything—including the spirits that haunt the family!
Question: Which new spin on an old title would you read?