Carrie Harris | Young Adult Author

Monday, March 9, 2009

The Snarfy Subtitle Contest!

That's right, kids. It's time for the newest Wonder That Is My Blog contest! Woot woot!

(Quick tangent: Every time I see a sentence ending in the word "kids," it makes me think of this comedy bit called 'Fun with Punctuation.' My favorite one is, "It's time to eat, kids!" versus "It's time to eat kids!"

Yeah, guess you had to be there.)

Anyway, here's the contest stuff. This is a Snarfy Subtitle Contest, which you would already know if you'd bothered to read the title of this entry. The point of the contest is to come up with a silly subtitle for an already published book. A couple of examples:

Pride and Prejudice: How Darcy Learned Not to Be a Big Boobiehead

War and Peace: The Reason the Rainforests are Disappearing

And so on. I'm not going to do too many, because then I'll steal all the good ideas.

Post them in the comments of this entry only. This puppy will be open until Thursday March 12th at noon EST. Winners will be posted Friday, and by 'winner' I mean the person that makes me laugh the hardest. If there's a duplicate and I love it, the winner will be the person who posted it first.

So what do you win? The prize, as with the BRAINS contest in December, is a $25 gift card to the book vendor of your choice (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Borders), and a Wonder That Is My Blog prize pack. You can see what was in the last one by visiting BRAINS contest winner Susan Sandmore. Note that the contents of the prize pack aren't going to be exactly the same every time, but consider this a representative sample. Really, it's just a bunch of things that fall into the category of Things That Make Me Snarf.

We're also going to have a mystery bonus prize this time. Mention and link to this contest in your blog and send me an email saying that you did so. I'll enter you in the bonus prize drawing, which is totally random. And mysterious. Terribly mysterious.

Any questions about the contest? Post 'em in the comments or drop me an email. Email makes me feel like I'm popular. Or something.

UPDATE: Yes, multiple entries are allowed. Encouraged, even.

59 comments:

Hanna Banana said...

Lord of the Flies: Boyscouts Gone Bad

Jamie Eyberg said...

Lolita: Dude, What are you thinking!

Frankenstein: Spare parts and Bad Brains

Hanna Banana said...

Charlotte's Web: How To Get Free Advertisements

Natalie said...

Wheel of Time series: Separating REAL nerds from the wannabees since 1990.

Kiersten said...

Twilight: Borderline Abusive Relationships Are Sexy Again

Hanna Banana said...

Necronomicon Ex-Mortis: Do Not Read This Aloud (but we know you will)

Okay, so maybe its not REALLY an already published book but I thought it was funny. :)

Kiersten said...

Persuasion: Like Pride and Prejudice, but Boring

Shakespeare: You Don't Actually Like It, but Feel Like an English Major Failure if You Admit That

The Book Thief: Read It and Weep

Harry Potter and the Ridiculously Wealthy Scottish Woman

The Golden Compass: What do you MEAN I bought my child a book that teaches God and religion are lies?!?

To Kill a Mockingbird: NOT an Instructional Manual

Really, stop me at any time, because this is fun...I suppose I should have emailed you and asked if multiple entries were permitted?

Carrie Harris said...

Uh oh. I'm already cracking up here. And yes, multiple entries are not only allowed; they're encouraged!

Natalie said...

Moby Dick: The Biggest Sleeping Pill Known to Man

Kiersten said...

Animal Farm: Not to Be Confused with Charlotte's Web

The Scarlet Letter: The "A" is NOT for Awesome

Emma: Like an Old-Fashioned Clueless in Book Format!

I could (and probably will) do this all day...

Natalie said...

Jane Eyre: Ugly People CAN Fall In Love, They Just Have To Go Blind First

sraasch said...

Breaking Dawn: How Not to End a Series

The Odyssey: A Layover in Ancient Greece

The Count of Monte Cristo: My Name is Edmond Dontes. You put me in jail. Prepare to die.

The Maximum Ride Series: Four books, just to tell you that littering is bad.

Robinson Crusoe: "Seriously? Seriously? I landed on THE ONLY island in the Pacific with NO hot native girls? I mean natives..."

It's addicting...

Hanna Banana said...

Gone With The Wind: NOT a book about flatulence.

Lady Chatterly's Lover: A reference guide on how NOT to be a Lady

Jamie Eyberg said...

The Shining: Go Crazy or Die Trying

Playboy: really, we have articles (I know it isn't a book)

Beowulf: Read this or I'll rip your arms off and beat you to death with them

mclicious said...

Pride and Prejudice: Sense and Sensibility--with even more sisters

Beloved: Dead Baby Throws Tantrums, Terrorizes Younger Sister

Gossip Girl: Girls Think About Sex More Than Boys

Jane Eyre: Ugly Girl+Blind Man=Match Made in Heaven

~Hannah (from Verla Kay's)

Hanna Banana said...

The Story of "O": Not just a letter in the alphabet folks

Amityville Horror: There's no place like home.

Natalie L. Sin said...

"Who Moved My Cheese?"

"My lactose intolerance is my own business. Hand back the gouda!"

Hanna Banana said...

Super Fudge: Not to be taken orally

Hanna Banana said...

The Neverending Story: Nothing tries to end it.

Anna Claire said...

Finnegan's Wake: If You Can Read This, You're Lying

Ethan Frome: No Really, It's All About A Pickle Jar

The Old Man and the Sea: MarlinFail

Whirlochre said...

Just flown in from Natalie's — and my, this looks fun.

Dracula — Yet another vampire novel.

Tess Of The D'Urbervilles — An uplifting tale of hope and passion set against a backdrop of cloying mud and abject cruelty.

Robinson Crusoe — Have beard, will unravel.

Ben Hur — Yes, that's my real name, yes, it looks like a skirt, now get outta my way before I trample you to death.

The Lord Of The Rings — Lose your friends, become a walking dungeons and dragons encyclopaedia, transcend the need to wash.

beth said...

Jane Eyre: Because Love Fixes Everything, Even Blindness

Moby Dick: Don't Bother.

King Lear: A Lesson in Stupidity

The Collected Works of William Faulkner: Filled With Sexual Undertones, If You're A Pervert

Hanna Banana said...

Cluck: Murder Most Fowl-- Eat more chicken

Cell: Cell phones really can be the death of you.

Scillius Maximus said...

Lord of the Rings: Not a Treatise on Gay Marriage

Stranger In a Strange Land: The Martian Guide to Picking Up Women

Morte D'Arthur: The First Medieval Soap Opera (Sex-Magic Swords-Infidelity-Wizards-More Sex)

The Lion, The Witch,& The Wardrobe: Don't Take Turkish Delight (candy) From Strangers -- Or -- A Love Triangle Gone Bad

Natalie said...

The Graveyard Book: Kinda Like The Jungle Book...But Creepier

Paul Michael Murphy said...

1984: So I Missed by a Few Decades

Carrie or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Prom

How to Win Friends and Influence People: A Guide to Phoniness

Suzanne Casamento said...

Kiersten, your, "The Scarlet Letter: The "A" is NOT for Awesome," made me laugh out loud!

You get my vote. (As if it counts!)

Vivi Alden said...

The Secret: How to play the Jedi mind trick on the universe and get a bunch of free stuff

Lolita: We highly recommend spraying disinfectant in your eyes every four pages

Natalie said...

The Count of Monte Cristo: Would Have Been Easier if Edmund Just Hired a Ninja

C.R. Evers said...

How about Jane Eyre: Why you should purchase fire insurance, because you never know if your husband has an insane wife locked in the attic.

Lady Glamis said...

Charlotte's Web: A Touching Story Wherein Charlotte Saves Wilbur's Bacon

Lady Glamis said...

Dracula: Love Bites

Mariah Irvin said...

Anna Karenina: A tangled love story about how trains symbolize suicide.

War and Peace: You think by now people would've learned not to invade Russia in the winter.

(Yes, I've been reading too much Tolstoy.)

Romeo and Juliet: How to make sure she's really dead before you off yourself. (0kay, it's actually a play)

A Tale of Two Cities: Old women who knit are out to get you.

Let me do some more brainstorming...

Brenda said...

40-Year Old Virgin: Why bother

Mariah Irvin said...

Do stories count? If so:

Jack and the Beanstalk: Greedy kid exploits giant interested in a generous cultural exchange.

Chicken Little: Logically under enhanced chicken causes riot.

Goldilocks: Melanin-impoverished young woman invades anthropomorphic bear cottage.

Rumpelstiltskin: Vertically challenged man steals children for funsies.

The Emperor's New Clothes: Emperor endorses clothing optional lifestyle.

Little Red Riding Hood: Wolf makes sexist remarks to young girl traveling to salute her wise and nurturing matriarch.

JaxPop said...

Of Mice And Men - by John Orkin. This didn't become a hit until Orkin left the family business & changed his name to Steinbeck.

Betcha didn't know that.

Kiersten said...

Catcher in the Rye: Congratulations, you're a phony!

Catcher in the Rye: Underlying message is NOT go kill John Lennon

Atonement: None of the redeeming stuff actually happens.

Atonement: The Only Book to Overuse the Phrase "Parallelograms of Light."

Atonement: Sorry, James McAvoy is only in the movie version.

Kiersten said...

The Fountainhead: Your Friends Will Never Want to Talk Political Philosophy with You Again

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell: Like Austen. Only Without Romance and Balls, and With Magic and Grumpy Men who Practice It. Also, Fairies.

The Hunger Games: Here's a Hint--Monopoly Isn't One

Kelly said...

These are SO funny!

Misery:If you are my biggest fan, skip this one.
Christine: Crazy ass car and crazy ass ex-girlfriend of my husband (Okay, only I will think this one if funny ;)sidenote: but don't mention it on my blog, because she secretly reads my blog...)
The Giving Tree: How to be an enabler of your child...
(I feel bad writing that because I LOVE that book...)

Natalie said...

Breaking Dawn: Awkward, Average, Clutsy Humans Make Dazzling, Gorgeous, Graceful Vampires...Does That Mean Edward Was A GEEK When He Was Alive?

Jim Danielson said...

ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND: A tale of mushrooming problems.

THE GIVER: Historian El Suprimo

GOLDFINGER: Biography of a spy posing as a proctologist.

(And yes I did read all the James Bond novels a long, long time ago)

Natalie said...

The Hunger Games: High Stakes On Steroids, Plus Hungry People

Hanna Banana said...

What to Expect When You're Expecting: If you don't know how this ends, why did you get pregnant?

Llehn said...

A Midsummer Night's Dream : A Girl And A Donkey - A Love Story

Kiersten said...

I know, you were wondering where I was today.

Agnes Grey: There's a Reason the Other Bronte Sisters are More Famous than Anne

Great Expectations: Lower Yours, It's not that Good

Macbeth: Or, Why You Should Never Listen to Your Wife

The Old Testament: Not as fun as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat would have you believe

Kiersten said...

New Moon: Psychotic Co-Dependence Is the Basis for True Romance

Eragon: Every Fantasy Cliche Under the Sun, But with a Plot Stolen from Star Wars!

Treasure Island: Contains No Muppets

Waiting for Godot: Don't worry, no one else gets it, either

Feel free to cut me off at any time, Carrie. Clearly I am very good at procrastinating all of those things I *should* be doing.

This is way more important.

Hanna Banana said...

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants: These jeans REALLY get around!

Mariah Irvin said...

Uglies: If we keep making bad decisions now, we'll all get face-lifts in the future!

Mariah Irvin said...

The Jungle: Ain't no monkeys in this story.

Llehn said...

So my girl woke me up at 4 a.m. and I couldn't get back to sleep ...

Guess How Much I Love You : SHUT UP AND GO TO SLEEP ALREADY!!!

Good Night Moon : If I have to read this book one more friggin' time ...

Breaking Dawn : What the hell???

(Can you tell that I am not amused at being woken up at such an ungodly hour?)

Waiting For Godot - The Writer's Essential Guide On Waiting To Hear Back from A Literary Agent

Oy ... I need to get some sleep!

adrienne said...

Twilight: The Vampire Bites Back

Lord of the Flies: You Catch the Most Flies with Bacon

Jurassic Park: Hometown Buffet for Dinosaurs

A Wrinkle in Time: Brainy Kid Gets the IT Kicked Out of Him

Kiersten said...

The Water Method Man: A Urinary Tract as Metaphor for Life.

Watership Down: Bet You Can't Say Efrafra Three Times Fast Without Laughing

The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse: The First Novel to Feature a Post-Mortem Erection. I'm Not Kidding.

Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care: Now featuring a hilarious Captain Kirk cameo!

Babywise: The Miracle Guide to Getting Your Babies to Sleep, Unless Your Name Is Kiersten, in which case, HA! You're screwed no matter what you do!

My Sister's Keeper: Sharing With Your Siblings Never Sucked So Bad

And...I'm done.

Sorry. Next time you'll rethink that multiple entries rule. Or exclude incredibly bored stay-at-home moms.

Kiersten said...

Okay, couldn't resist. One last one, and then you can ban me forever.

Twilight: Edward Never Sucks

Whirlochre said...

Cheating...

The Lord of the Files — Obsessive administrator commits typo and hangs himself with a noose of sticky notes.

On The Toad — Never lose a wheel between willows.

Schindler's Lost — Cunningly clever mazes for when no Sudoku is tough enough.

The Watcher in the Rye — Join Harry the Flame Moth Larva for another scintillating afternoon of combine harvester spotting.

1974 — Gene Simmons reminisces about the early days of KISS.

Brave New Wold — All your favourites from Watership Down, reanimated as zombie bunnies.

SlayerOfBees said...

I had to get a few in by the deadline!

Hop On Pop - A guide to mating rituals in West Virginia

How to Eat Fried Worms - A bachelor's guide to low-cost cuisine

Sherlock Holmes - Fonally, some productivity and not-completely-random ramblings from a habitual drug abuser.

Hanna Banana said...

Fox in Socks: One very long tongue twister, no need to say it five times fast.

Kiersten said...

You thought I was going to sneak another one in, didn't you?

Carrie Harris said...

Ha ha, Kiersten. :)

Entries are officially closed. However, if you're crazy enough to post after entries are closed, I'll still laugh.

Diana Murray said...

I know it's closed, but I want to play too!


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