Mighty Red Pen

April 6, 2010

Hybrid titles

Filed under: Lit review — mighty red pen @ 6:30 pm
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There is an absolutely addictive trending topic on Twitter today, #hybridmovies. After contributing a few (“Save the Last Flashdance,” “The Last King Kong of Scotland,” “The Breakfast at Tiffany’s Club,” and “Singing in the Rainman”), I had to tear myself away.

Which got me to thinking about hybrid book titles. Here’s a few:

The House of the Seven Anne of Green Gables
The Handmaid’s Tale of Two Cities
The Lovely Writing Down the Bones
Harry Potter and the Half In Cold Blood Prince
Tender is the Midsummer Night’s Dream (So, okay, it’s a play not a book. I’m easy.)
Smilla’s Sense and Sensibility of Snow

Got any of your own? Book or movie titles welcome!



  1. Cousins, surely, to these coinages, recently covered by my co-conspirator Erin McKean: http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2010/01/24/sweet_tooth_fairies/

    Comment by Jan Freeman — April 6, 2010 @ 6:33 pm | Reply

  2. House of Leaves of Grass?

    Comment by juliekirk — April 7, 2010 @ 8:33 am | Reply

  3. A Portrait of Dorian Gray the Artist as a Young Man
    The Fall of the Bleak House of Usher
    Of Mice and the Men Who Stare at Goats
    Franny K. Stein and Zooey
    The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle’s Web

    MRP – You are right, this is highly addictive (in a most enjoyable way).

    And how about song titles…Crocodile Rock the Casbah

    I better stop now.

    Comment by Laura Payne — April 7, 2010 @ 11:00 am | Reply

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