Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Uncomfortable Literary Plot Summaries

While going through my Google Reader this morning, I went through a chain of links. As this activity often does, one thing led to another, and I found myself at a new-to-me site that was amazing and that also took part in this really amusing literary game in which you summarize book plots in one or two completely misleading (and hilarious) sentences. Here are two sites that I found:

Monkey Muck
Postmodern Barney

My favorites are:

The Bible: An unseen 'deity' forces some people to worship it while casually killing those who don't.

Horton Hears a Who: Tiny world nearly crushed by mentally unstable elephant.

The Harry Potter series: Meddling young magician and his pals prevent others from achieving their dreams and realizing their potential.

Lord of the Rings trilogy: Small, smelly, hairy creatures go to great lengths to destroy stolen jewelry.

Batman: Wealthy man assaults the mentally ill.

Beauty and the Beast: Peasant girl develops Stockholm Syndrome.

Gladiator: Convict murders head of state.

Pride and Prejudice: Woman with gold-digging mother nags wealthy man into marriage.


Does anyone have their own witty, inappropriate Cliff's Notes?

On a side note, isn't it interesting, the "pockets" of people that form on the Internet? How you come across so many people that seem to know everyone else you know, and then sometimes, you come across totally new people, who have never interacted with anyone else you know? Bizarre, but very cool.


  1. I love these! I'm not creative enough to come up with my own, but thanks for the references!

  2. Some of these are really clever. I particularly like the one for The Lord of The Rings.

  3. Haha! These are awesome! Thanks for sharing. Here's a few I've come up with:

    Water for Elephants: Orphan joins circus and befriends murderous pachyderm.

    My Sister's Keeper: Sibling rivalry over crappy, diseased organs results in one girl's freedom, another's demise.

    The Big Lebowski: Dude investigates tramp's disappearance, gets laid and stoned, before deceased comrade blows in face.

  4. loving these!! I should work on this!!

  5. Totally love those :D Will post them on my other journal.

    And your contest is up back when I get back from from yoga. I am very bad with updating my sidebar so thanks for the heads up

  6. Too funny! Unfortunately, I totally agree with the Harry Potter summary.:)

  7. I love these! Too funny.

  8. your notes are great-I cannot resist joining in

    Madame Bovary-dumb woman cheats on dumber man-subtitle Dumb and Dumber get married

    Moby Dick-dont mess with the white whale-

    The Book Thief-do not let the heroine of this novel into your library unsupervised

    The Elegance of Hedgehogs-a field guide to Parisian rodents with special attention to their reading habits

    The Brothers Karamazov-a laugh a minute romp with three zany brothers and their Dad-sort of a 19th century Father Knows Best

  9. Haha, my favorite of the ones you posted is the Beauty and the Beast synopsis.


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