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Skrivesperre: Prose by any other name
Chrolli, Verbotene Liebe, Olli, Christian
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If you could change the title of one published book, which book would you choose, and what would the new title be?

Has anyone ever read Samuel Richardson's "Pamela, Or Virtue Rewarded"? It's one of the most boring works of literature ever to be written. Actually, the title says everything you need to know about the book (it's about a girl named Pamela whose virtue is rewarded), but I'm thinking, in order to make it just a teensy bit more exciting, Richardson could have called it "Pamela, Or The Wild Bitchmonster From Hell". This would indicate that something interesting might possibly happen in the book (maybe, just maybe, Pamela freaks out and starts hacking everyone up with a machete), which, though one would, naturally, be disappointed in the end, might make the reading itself just a little more bearable.

Random much? Yes. Quite.

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You are truly brilliant!

I actually attempted to read Pamela but could barely get through Volume One. And the thought of Volume Two was about as welcome as a swift blow to the head, so I gave up.

I, also, did not read Volume Two. Though I hear it has something to do with Mr. B (or whatever his name was) being all, well, Mr. B, and cheating on her or something. So, yay! But then Pamela's good-ol' virtue wins out again and Mr. B is heartily ashamed. Or something. So, boo.

Needless to say, I'm not going to read it. Ever.

It was thought horrifically boring at the time it was written, too. Henry Fielding thought it was so dreadful that he wrote Shamela, a parody/retelling of the story. I've not read either, but from what I'm told, the sole redeeming value of reading Pamela is getting to read Shamela afterwards.

Yes, I've heard Shamela is supposed to be hilarious. I do really want to read it. Particularly since I've had to suffer through Pamela already (I study literature, and it was, sadly, on the curriculum).

You should read "Justine, or the Misfortunes of Virtue", which is the Marquis de Sade's answer to "Pamela". It's much more interesting, as long as you have a strong stomach.

I love literary recommendations. I'll definitely look into that - thanks!

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