Fun Fridays – March 6, 2020

How to Ruin a Book Title with One Word

Evidently, I am a fan of puns. I came across a fun exercise that played at changing one word or adding one word to a well-known title–and made it something quite different. I’ll start with some general-market titles and then shift to those found in the Christian market.

Be sure to add your creative efforts in the comments below.

To Cook a Mockingbird


The Whining

Lord of the Fries

Furious George

If You Give Your Spouse a Cookie


90 Minutes in TSA

The Great Divorce Lawyer

Bad Girls of the Bible College

God Gave Us Glue

The Purse-Driven Life

Girl, Iron Your Face

In His Dubsteps

The Radio Shack

Rich Christians in the Age of Hunger Games

The Briefcase for Christ

The Meaning of Marwidge

The Pursuit of Odd

The Acts of the Apostates

I Kissed Carbon Dating Goodbye

Your Best Burp Now

Heaven Is for Real Housewives

Bored of the Rings

The Totaled Woman

25 Responses to Fun Fridays – March 6, 2020

  1. Keith Carreiro March 6, 2020 at 5:31 am #

    That took a lot of work, but I rate it two-thirds if a pun: pu.

  2. Lewis Seaton March 6, 2020 at 5:44 am #


  3. Diane March 6, 2020 at 5:54 am #

    What fun. Here are a few:

    Car Wars
    Avengers: End Fame
    Hairy Putter

  4. Gordon Palmer March 6, 2020 at 5:56 am #

    The Christmas Candle by Wax Lucado. BTW, Bored of the Rings was a great 1969 Harvard Lampoon spoof book. Recommended if you’re a Dune fan.

  5. Kevin Spinks March 6, 2020 at 7:10 am #

    My favorite book as a child was Go Dog Go. So with due honor to our Lord, I offer “Go God Go.”

  6. Gordon Palmer March 6, 2020 at 7:11 am #

    Clearly not enough coffee this morning (“edit before post, edit before post”). Bored of the Rings was a great 1969 Harvard Lampoon spoof book. They also wrote Doon. Recommended if you’re a Dune fan.

    • Steven Stoops March 6, 2020 at 7:36 am #

      Yes . . .Coffee . . . good 🙂

  7. Roberta Sarver March 6, 2020 at 7:44 am #

    Anne of Green Fables

    Jane Nay

    The Telltale Mart

    Oliver Kissed

  8. Tess Cox March 6, 2020 at 7:45 am #

    The Problem with Spain ( Lewis)
    Jesus Among Other Cods ( Zacharias)
    One Thousand Drips (Voscamp)
    The Wingnut Saga (Peterson)

    This was fun!

  9. Katie Powner March 6, 2020 at 7:50 am #

    These are fabulous. Honestly, some of them sound as interesting or more than the original. Furious George and Bad Girls of the Bible College are my favorites.

    A few to add:

    Redeeming Shove
    Love Hums Softly (I mean, really, how annoying)
    This Peasant Darkness
    The Pilgrim’s Progress Report

  10. Steven Stoops March 6, 2020 at 8:00 am #

    This really got me thinking that words do have consequences, perhaps today’s blog post should deal with words!

    In any case, having had about 1 tenth of my daily allotment of coffee here are some of those that I came up with:

    The 3 Mouseketeers
    The Man in the Iron Lung
    The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy 500
    Lester Miserables
    The Count of Monte Crisco (a nod to Shawshank)
    War and Pieces
    The Brothers Carry Me Off
    The Lion, the Bi— Oh, wait, maybe better to leave that one out

    We could move into music:
    I Wanna Hold Your Spleen
    Folsom Lake Blues
    Eleanor Rugby

    For the baby boomer generation, Neal Sedaka rewrote is 50s hit:
    Getting Up Is Hard To Do

    Lord willing, full lyrics of that last one will be found here later today:

    • Steven Stoops March 6, 2020 at 8:01 am #

      See, shoulda waited until I had at least a third of my coffee . . . that’s Neil Sedaka

      • Gordon Palmer March 6, 2020 at 8:32 am #

        I stand in shame. Switching to water. And a tip o’ the hat to Jinxie – Five Easy Meeces.

  11. John Russell Dunn March 6, 2020 at 8:35 am #

    I bet the one about Rich Christians in an age of Hunger Games would be topical and would potentially sell.

  12. Sharon K Connell March 6, 2020 at 10:50 am #

    Those are great, Steve. I especially like “To Cook a Mockingbird” and “Lord of the Fries.” But the best one of all is “Bored of the Rings.” I’ll have to see if I can find a copy of that. One of my all-time favorite reads is Lord of the Rings.

    How about :

    Withering Heights
    A Tale of Two Countries
    Charlotte’s Webinar
    The Lion, the Witch, and the Warlock
    Pride and Pompous

    Hmmm…I’ll have to think about those. LOL

  13. Paula Geister March 6, 2020 at 11:16 am #

    We do this on Twitter sometimes and one of my humor groups on Facebook does it with books, movies, and music. It’s so much fun.

    Part of my personal story is having a mental illness. I’m manic-depressive and I call my mood swings “Monkey Brain.” I have, I kid you not, named my monkey “Furious George.” I read that book title and LOL’d.

    “Your Best Burp Now” reminded me of when one of my video producers and I would drive home from a shoot loaded up on soda and have a belching contest. (He always won.)

    The Devil Wears Blue Dresses
    The Housing Project at Pooh Corner
    Where the Sidewalk Bends
    Watership Goose Down
    The Pelican Briefcase
    Paradise Lost in Translation
    A Good Plan is Hard to Find
    Oliver Twist and Shout

    Thanks for sharing. It’s a great exercise for me when my brain is mush from staring at the screen too long. Play is *always* a good way to refresh our souls.

  14. Kay DiBianca March 6, 2020 at 12:08 pm #

    Where the Raw Dads Sing

  15. Amre Cortadino March 6, 2020 at 12:17 pm #

    It Happened One Bite

  16. Carol Nicolet Loewen March 6, 2020 at 7:07 pm #

    The Fountain Between Us
    Edge of Eternity Past
    Misinformed: a Memoir

  17. Melanie March 7, 2020 at 12:53 am #

    Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Maven”
    The Duck Tape Letters
    Hind Feet in Dry Places
    The Great Gabber
    Turn of the Ewe
    Low Expectations
    Alice’s Adventures in Dollywood
    Through the Tinted Glass
    Arsenic in Old Lakes
    and, for a new release, The Splendid and the Bile

  18. K J Alexander March 8, 2020 at 6:02 pm #

    Gone with the Wine

  19. sara March 12, 2020 at 1:57 pm #

    Hilarious, and quite witty too. Never could have come up with something like that, oh wait…
    The articles of Narnia: the loin, the watch and the war robe.

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