Laughing Over Book Titles

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic was an invitation to choose from any of their previous weeks’ topics.  Well, it’s not Tuesday…but I thought that was such a fun idea to come up with a bookish topic for a post anyway!  So today I thought I’d write about a few of my favorite “Hilarious Book Titles,” with a thank-you to Top Ten Tuesday for the idea.

1) How I Stole Johnny Depp’s Alien Girlfriend by Gary Ghislain – This is a surprisingly accurate title, as the book is about an alien who comes to Earth looking for her perfect match; she has a picture, and it looks a lot like Johnny Depp.  Unfortunately, the title was the best part of the book, as the “I” of the title keeps romantically pursuing the alien girl even though she’s horrible to him–but beautiful.

2) Beatnik Rutabagas from Beyond the Stars by Quentin Dodd – Titles don’t get much better than that.  The book was actually a little too random for my taste–though I guess I should have expected it!

3, 4 & 5) The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making and The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There and The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two by Catherynne M. Valente – There’s nothing all that funny about any one of these titles, but when you put them all together it takes on a tinge of absurdity.  Or when you try to say them all on one breath.

6) The Celery Stalks at Midnight by James Howe – Part of the Bunnicula series, this book is about a possible attack by evil vegetables.  So…the celery stalk is stalking.  !!!

7, 8 & 9) Harpy Thyme, Roc and a Hard Place and Swell Foop by Piers Anthony – These are funnier if I explain that they’re about magical thyme that slows time, a giant bird, and a really terrific foop.  I perhaps should also mention that the Xanth series, of which these are a part, is powered mostly by puns…

10) A Semester in the Life of a Garbage Bag by Gordon Korman – This is both funny and deeply philosophical.  Really.  It’s a metaphor, based on a commercial showing the strength of a garbage bag, valiantly trying to hold together while more and more pressure is pumped in.  Anyone who’s felt stressed and can’t take one more thing can relate.

I find #1 and #2 to be the funniest titles–but #10 is the funniest book!

Can you think of any particularly funny titles?  Share a title (and a laugh) in a comment!

About cherylmahoney

I'm a book review blogger and Fantasy writer. I have published three novels, The Wanderers; The Storyteller and Her Sisters; and The People the Fairies Forget. All can be found on Amazon as an ebook and paperback. In my day job, I'm the Marketing Specialist for Yolo Hospice. Find me on Twitter (@MarvelousTales) and GoodReads (MarvelousTales).
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4 Responses to Laughing Over Book Titles

  1. dianem57 says:

    I think you came up with some pretty clever titles. It’s interesting how even books intended to be humorous don’t make their titles funny. There must be a real art to it, kind of like newspaper headline writing.

  2. I rather like So Long and Thanks For All the Fish by Douglas Adams 🙂

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