Less Ambitious Novels

Published on May 2, 2012 by

A couple of days ago, I spotted people on Twitter using the hashtag #LessAmbitiousNovels to present joke titles for… well, less ambitious novels.  Here are some of my favorites of the ones I came up with:

  • 1974
  • A Passage to Indiana
  • A Shrub Grows in Brooklyn
  • A Waiter of Earthsea
  • A Wrinkle in Cloth
  • Fit Club
  • Howl’s Stationary Castle
  • I Have a Guess as to Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • In Front of the Looking-Glass
  • Jonathan Livingston Seashell
  • Life of 3.1
  • Little Apartment on the Prairie
  • Lucifer’s Hamper
  • Medic Zhivago
  • Middlefebruary
  • Murder on the Orient Local
  • On Her Majesty’s Postal Service
  • Rendezvous with Ramen
  • Something Naughty This Way Comes
  • The Call of the Tame
  • The Cider House Guidelines
  • The Dime Machine
  • The English Out-Patient
  • The Hoarse Whisperer
  • The Kite Holder
  • The Left Pinkie of Darkness
  • The Man Who Folded His Paper
  • The Mote in Bob’s Eye
  • The Once and Future Squire
  • The Only Child Karamazov
  • The Pickwick Paper
  • The Princess Fiancee
  • The Puppy of the Baskervilles
  • The Satanic Haiku
  • The Spy Who Liked Me as a Friend
  • The Time Traveler’s Girlfriend
  • The Visible Man
  • Tinker, Tailor
  • Uncle Tom’s Shed
  • Vegetable Farm
  • Weeds for Algernon
  • Zen and the Art of Bicycle Maintenance

Some of my favorites from other people:

  • A Farewell to Wrists (Haas Cross Puns)
  • A Game of Chairs (Damien Walter)
  • A Polaroid of the Artist as a Young Man  (Wakefield Mahon)
  • And Then There Were Five  (Wakefield Mahon)
  • Battlefield Perth (Wakefield Mahon)
  • Dinner Comes for the Archbishop (Jennie Goloboy)
  • Fahrenheit 98.6 (Stephen M. Harmon)
  • Have Space Suit… Will Go Back To Bed (Jamie Todd Rubin)
  • Some of the King’s Men (Wakefield Mahon)
  • Speaker for the Sick  (Bryce Moore)
  • The Andromeda Sprain (Carl Stark)
  • The Black Gelding (Linda Poitevin)
  • The Ending Story (John Stevens)
  • The Girl With the Hello Kitty Tattoo (Nick Mamatas)
  • The Grapes of Mild Irritation (Stephen M. Harmon)
  • The Handmaid’s Towel (Wakefield Mahon)
  • The Middle Aged Man and the Pond (Patrick Tracy)
  • The Postman Always Rings Once, Then Leaves it With a Neighbour  (Kate McHale)
  • The Red Badge of Participation (Larry Correia)
  • The Right Fielder in the Rye  (Bryce Moore)
  • The Sign of the Three (Michael Collings)
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2 comments on “Less Ambitious Novels”

  1. David Stone says:

    Then there is Shakespeare:

    Othello, the Mare of Venice
    Duke Lear
    A Gentleman of Verona
    Romeo and what’s her name
    Eleventh Night
    The Shopkeeper of Venice
    Little Ado about Nothing

  2. Mel Windham says:

    These are all hilarious!