Classic novels stand the test of time. Sometimes an author can write a story with themes so universal, anyone from any era can relate to it. And when you read one of these classics in high school or college, you can immediately tell why they’re so popular.
Wait, no, that’s not true at all.
Sure, some classics are legit. Don Quixote is just as funny today as it was 514 years ago. Others, well, let’s just say they’re a product of their times. (Looking at you, Heart of Darkness.) Luckily, comedian Dan Wilbur has decided to rename these dubious masterpieces with more honest titles. It’s all part of his “Better Book Titles” project.
Take THAT, reading!
1. Hamlet, William Shakespeare
2. The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein
3. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Alvin Schwartz
4. To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee
5. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
6. The Bible
7. Oh, The Places You’ll Go!, Dr. Seuss
8. As You Like It, William Shakespeare
9. The Catcher In The Rye, J.D. Salinger
10. Ulysses, James Joyce
11. Moby Dick, Herman Melville
12. The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath
13. Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
14. The Odyssey, Homer
15. Guns, Germs and Steel, Jared Diamond