Better Book Titles
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Better Book Titles is a single-topic blog that renames well-known books ranging from classic literature to current publications with alternative titles critiquing the plot.
Better Book Titles was created by New York-based writer/comedian Dan Wilbur. According to Wilbur's own description, the blog was created in order to provide succinct summaries of the book plots that “will cut through all the cryptic crap, and give you the meat of the story in one condensed image.” The first post was made on July 1st, 2010, renaming Caleb Carr's The Alienist "Teddy Roosevelt Solves Tranny Murders."
A month after its inception, internet culture site Urlesque as well as mainstream media outlets like the Chicago Tribune, Entertainment Weekly, Glamour Magazine and the New Yorker featured the blog. Over the rest of 2010, Better Book Titles was covered by Paste Magazine, the Boston Globe and the Tosh.0 blog.
In April 2011, highlights from the blog were featured on Buzzfeed. That month, it was also named TIME NewsFeed's Tumblr of the Week, who declared it their "favorite Tumblr of the Week of all time." In May 2011, NPR featured the blog on their site, encouraging readers to submit titles to Wilbur's blog.
Search began in August 2010, when the blog started seeing media attention, but peaked in May 2011 after being detailed on TIME and NPR.
 Better Book Titles – The Alienist
 Urlesque – Better Book Titles Does Away With – Blech! – Reading
 Chicago Tribune – Lit links: Franzen is on Time, Dostoevsky is a bummer and book titles can be too misleading
 Entertainment Weekly – Better Book Titles: The blog that tells you what the books are really about
 Glamour – Classic Books Get a Funny Makeover
 The New Yorker – A Book By Any Other Name
 Paste – Our Favorite Better Book Titles
 Boston Globe – Better Book Titles
 Tosh.0 Blog – Renaming Christmas Classics
 Buzzfeed – The Best of Better Book Titles
 TIME NewsFeed – Tumblr of the Week: Better Book Titles
 NPR – 'Better Book Titles': Don't Judge A Book By Its Existing Cover
 Wikipedia – The Alienist
 Wikipedia – The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
 Wikipedia – Decision Points
 Wikipedia – The Little Prince
 Wikipedia – The Devil Wears Prada
 Wikipedia – The Game Of Thrones
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