Thursday, March 13, 2008


Suggested by John :

How about a chance to play editor-in-chief? Fill in the blanks:
__________ would have been a much better book if ______________________.

I am trying to think of a book I haven't liked, or that could have been better. This question sort of goes with dewey's meme, that I am thinking about answers for. It's hard, because I can usually recognize why I don't like a book, and maybe the changes I would suggest would change the book too much. The author made their creative decision for a reason, and other people may have liked the book for exactly that reason.

I've thought of one:
On the Road would have been a much better book if Jack Kerouac hadn't been completely stoned when he wrote it. At least I assume he was stoned, it's the only thing that can explain the ramblings.


  1. haven't read The Road, but I will at some point. great TTB!

    Happy Thursday!!!

  2. Well, some authors can't write unless they are stoned! Thats what I tink!


    Here is my BTT post!

  3. Hahaha!! I like your answer! Someone commented on my blog...The Almost Moon would have been a much better book if I never actually read it and just admired the cover.

    LOL...what would I do without people like you and this girl to make me laugh??

  4. Atlas Shrugged would've been a much better book if Ayn Rand had had an editor and publisher with some cojones who weren't afraid to tell her to "clean that [mess] up and DON'T come back until you have a nice clean rewrite." Ayn Rand desperately needed an editor like Maxwell Perkins.

    Good response about JK. and OTR.


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