You won’t believe what happens when Upworthy headlines meet classic literature

Because what great books really need is artificial drama.

Mar 2, 2020, 9:49 am*



Sarah Weber

Once upon a time, before the Internet made it possible to track influence in acute detail, before titles were optimized for shareability, people had to name books.

Perhaps they missed out. How much more successful would Lolita have been if it was just named this:

If you’re a literature fan, you may have seen such hilarious takes on popular and classic books floating around Twitter under the hashtag #litworthy. These cheeky book names restyled in Upworthy fashion were inspired by Janet Potter at The Millions. She posted her own list last week (which you should definitely read) and encouraged readers to do the same.

“…What if books were whorishly titled, optimizing our search engines rather than our imaginations, rather than leaving us to discover who Oliver Twist was or who was proud and who was prejudiced?” she wrote. 

It really caught on and has produced some priceless contributions. Here are a few of our favorites:

H/T The Millions | Photo by Jason Parrish/Flickr

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*First Published: Jan 25, 2014, 1:43 pm