Sunday, February 1, 2009

Five bizarre book titles

1. Romance Goes Tenting
This is a Mills & Boon novel published in 1956, when I’m sure “tenting” meant something sweet and innocent.

2. How Green were the Nazis?
Uh… they recycled human skin into lampshades?

3. Death by Ploot Ploot
I’ll just quote one of the reviews: “Ploot Ploot has no plot plot.”

4. Latawnya, the Naughty Horse, learns to say “No” to Drugs
What an inspiring heroin. I mean heroine.

5. How to make love while conscious
What’s the sequel, How to make love while alive?


Luc2 said...

I guess a lot of frat boys from my university could have benefited from reading title 5. But the horse really peaks my interest. How did Latawnya take these drugs, and who taught her to speak?

Marian Perera said...

Latawnya and her sisters Latoya and Daisy (I'm not kidding, this is the actual story) met some new horses who started "smoking drugs and drinking".

Go here for the rest of the story, which is complete with illustrations of the horses puffing away on cigarettes.

Luc2 said...

This is horrible! I need to have serious talk with my hamster, and check if he's stashing something under his straw.

But this writer has a way with words: The author would like to thank God. "Thank you, God."

Anonymous said...

Hee hee. These are great. I can hardly stop giggling.

What *is* ploot ploot? (not sure I really want to know)

Marian Perera said...

I'm guessing "ploot ploot" is alienese for "sex".

Anonymous said...

If that's the case, I really hope her characters don't use it in dialogue.

colbymarshall said...

Latawnya the naughty horse....oh gawd! Is there a sequel where Latawnya protects herself from STDs?

Anonymous said...

hahah, that's hysterical!

And the horse, WOW!!! :D

Marian Perera said...

Do a Google search for "bizarre book titles" if you want more gems. :)

I had dozens to choose from.

Barbara Martin said...

Scarey to think these were published.

Marian Perera said...

At least two of them weren't exactly published - Latawnya was printed by Vantage Press, a vanity, and Death by Ploot Ploot seems to be available only in e-book format from the author's website.

Marian Perera said...

The previous link to the scanned pages of Latawnya doesn't work any longer, so here's one that does.