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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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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).

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